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Creating class e-books ⇢
The Textbook Slayer!: Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns & Awesome! ⇢


I compiled this word bank using key words and phrases taken from mission statements, teaching philosophies, job descriptions, school websites, and other education publications. It’s a great resource for teachers and other educators that want to create powerfully targeted resumes. Including…

The Times and Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for 'Informational Text' ⇢

It’s written by the NYTimes Learning Network, so they may be tooting their own horn a little bit, but it still might be worthwhile to check out.

This summer I won't be learning how to be a better teacher ⇢

This year I stopped making my students jump through the hoops of content consumption, rote learning, and memorization of facts and instead began constructing learning environments that are conducive to fostering the development of skills my students will use as life long learners.

This year, the walls of my classroom became thin and we connected with others around the world.

This year, in our classroom, school became real-life.

Click through to read the rest of this insightful blog post about becoming a better learner instead of becoming a better teacher.

Cybraryman Internet Catalogue ⇢


A list of outstanding Diigo resources, including links to the public libraries of dozens of prominent educators, as well as articles outlining new and fresh things you can do with Diigo.

A couple of resources for blogging with your students

Technology is a tool. In the hands of a good teacher, one that can be used for much good. In the hands of a slacker, it is just another way to babysit.

- Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher (via coolcatteacher)

Novice Teacher: "I don't want you to get in trouble." ⇢


A teacher gave me a cool piece of advice today. He said “Instead of saying ‘You’re going to get in trouble, if you keep doing X’ you can say things like:

  1. ‘I don’t want you to get in trouble for doing X.’
  2. “I’d hate for you to lose points because of X.”
  3. ”I don’t want you to be sent down to X.”

Just 13 percent of high school seniors who took the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress — called the Nation’s Report Card — showed solid academic performance in American history. The two other grade levels tested didn’t perform much better, which just 22 percent of fourth-grade students and 18 percent of eighth-graders scoring proficient or better.
The test quizzed students on such topics as colonization, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the contemporary United States. For example, one question asks fourth-graders why it was important for the United States to build canals in the 1800s.


Report: Students don’t know much about history - US news - Life - (via infoneer-pulse)

What I tell my students all the time: history is important! Unfortunately, sometimes it is overlooked.

A rare moment

Today was the last day of school. I received this email when I got home:

Hey Ms.D! Just wanted to let you know that I will miss you as one of my favorite teachers in (high school). I liked your personality and you always made us laugh and made the class fun. Im probably not going to like history next year because you won’t be teaching lol Wish I could have you as my favorite history teacher next year, but oh well. Anyway, have a great summer!

Unrelated, but: I know I have not been as active with posting lately. I started my summer job and grad school as well. Now that school is over, I hope to be posting more. Sorry for my recent absence!


Who I am: A fourth year high school history teacher at an urban(ish) high school in New Jersey.

What I blog about: Stuff related to education I like, and stuff I hope can help other teachers out. Technology, deals on supplies, helpful books. My focus lately is on educational technology & related resources. Occasionally, I also post things related to education reform. Because I post articles that I feel will be of interest to teachers with varying views, the political-related posts made here do not necessarily reflect my beliefs or opinions, nor do they reflect the beliefs of my employer.

What I like learning & reading about: Other teacher's opinions about and experiences with teaching & education. How I can enrich my classroom and reach out to my students. If you write about this stuff, let me know, because I probably want to read it.

What you should submit: Anything that could help a teacher.

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