Saving the World Through Literacy!

Ummm, you know you should post stuff on a blog, right?

Yup, I get it. I’ve been kind of a lazy blogger lately. It’s so easy to post to twitter and just move on. I’m working on getting my act together again. I still love the mission of this site: Literacy Everywhere…Saving the World Through Literacy!

I’m still learning every day, still in love with being a teacher, still trying to save the world through literacy!

Stay tuned for more postings!

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I love the Nerdy Book Club!

The Nerdy Book Club is a place I like to call home. Teachers, readers, writers, and book lovers of all kinds hange out there and share awesome, awe, and ah-has about great reads and inspirations! 

If you aren’t yet a member (membership is free, you just have to love reading), head on over and check them out!

I was even lucky enough to write a guest post for the Nerdy Book Club. You can check it out here:

Come on, get Nerdy with us! 


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Engaging Students-10 tips that we use & love from @Edutopia

Several friends posted a great list from Edutopia on Facebook this weekend. I also kept seeing it pop up in web searches. So, I had to check it out!

Ten Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students

The list is great & I think everyone should read it!

So many of us do these things without even thinking about them. We use activating strategies, use higher order thinking skills and questioning, we write EQ’s on the board (either from habit or as part of administrative directive), we get our students up and moving, we center our rigorous lessons around the students to make sure they have buy-in to the lesson. We do these awesome things and more every day and that makes me happy.

The list is especially awesome to be because it focuses on students at Cochrane Collegiate Academy, in Charlotte, North Carolina who have made a huge turn around. They call these tips IL (Interactive Learning) and they go into every lesson, every day. While I am never a fan of mandates that say tell teachers things that they must do daily in their classrooms, I can’t argue with the fact that these are 10 things that should be happening in every classroom on a daily basis. They shouldn’t just happen in classrooms that need to improve, either. These are 10 simple (and pretty much free) ways to get students to participate, fully engage, and take learning seriously! Who wouldn’t want that?!

As always, I’d love to hear your ideas!

What do you think about the 10 IL tips?

Do you use them?

Do you have others to add to the list?

Have an awesome week!   ~Mandee

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The Question Formulation Technique @SCILearn

Today I read a great post on getting students to ask better questions from The Science of Learning Blog called The Question Formulation Technique: 6 Steps to Help Students Ask Better Questions.

I read the Harvard Education Letter article, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions, in the fall and it really made sense to me! The Question Formulation technique is awesome!

This post pulls the best of the Harvard article and Habits of Mind together into a  concise 6 step method.

Try it out & let me know what you think!


Flipping for the Flipped Classroom!

I’ve been reading a lot about Flipped Classrooms lately.

To be honest, I didn’t really understand what the hype was about until after reading this article by Greg Green.

Now that I get it, I want in on the success! Here’s an excerpt from the article that really helped it click for me:

“By reversing our instructional procedures so that students do their homework at school, we can appropriately align our learning support and resources for all of our students, and eliminate the inequality that currently plagues our schools. When students do homework at school, they can receive a meal and access to technology (during a declining economy), and an overwhelming amount of support and expertise. When students do their homework at school, we can ensure that they will be able to learn in a supportive environment that’s conducive to their education and well-being.  For the first time in history, we can provide a level playing field for students in all neighborhoods, no matter what their financial situation is.”

Are you ready to flip your classroom? I’d love to hear from you!

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