Irony can be tricky (just ask Alanis Morissette), and we might need a little help breaking down what is – and isn’t – ironic to our students. Feel free to grab these mini-lecture slides designed to help your students know the differences between verbal, situational, and dramatic irony. Continue reading

Okay, teacher friends, can you spot all of the errors in these two sentences? Continue reading

All of their stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell. Using many of the steps of the heroic journey as chronicled by Campbell, I built a dynamic multimedia presentation to use with our classes. Students will be on the edge of […]

Flipping lecture content is all the rage these days and, generally, I’m a fan of the concept. It makes sense to have students listen to lecture materials on their own as homework (at their own pace, rewinding and re-listening as needed) and then reinforce the concept during class with hands-on activities. It’s the ol’ sage-on-the-stage […]

Vocabulary instruction used to be my Achilles’ heel. I tried tons of different strategies, but each one brought very little yield in terms of student retention. Frustrated, one summer I tossed aside the yellowing school-issued workbooks and went rogue, building my own plan and materials. The result is Words on Wednesday, a close examination each […]

The final tardy bell hasn’t yet sounded, but your students are already in their seats, binders open, jotting down your beginning-of-class lecture materials from the board. Too good to be true? This is my every day.

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