Teaching Tips

Oct 17, 2017, 22:34

West Palm Beach (Part 2): 

Wednesday, 02 September 2009 14:58
  • I developed a reading guide for my students in response to my frustration that students would not read assigned material in the text.  Each reading guide covers a chapter.  This has worked well with all levels of students.  I pull test questions from the reading guides for unit tests plus this helps me to develop a study guide.  Student grades have improved plus the reading guides are useful for me for teacher orientation. (MM)

Denver, Colorado (Part 1): 

Friday, 02 May 2003 14:26
  • When assigning a reading passage or assignment to students, have them write a question to bring to class over the reading. The question must be a higher level thinking from Coasta’s levels of questioning or Blooms Taxonomy. They must have a question to get in the door for the day. You can then have everyone read their question and pick one to discuss or I sometimes collect them and randomly pick one. I generally stay out of the discussion even if there is silence. Someone will respond. After discussion have students write a reflection; i.e., predict what might happen if you substitute cake flour for all purpose flour in yeast bread. Grading guidelines: 5 points for a good question; 15 points participation; 10 points reflection. (KA)