Wordless Wednesday: 1/30: Article Response

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Wordless Wednesday is a quick post with just a picture from my classroom, a short explanation, and a question for you, my readers.
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Using current events and short articles is a strong instructional strategy no matter the content area or grade level. There are also numerous sites for teachers to use, but sometimes they do not have what you are looking for. I am a huge fan of Common Lit, but they are still building up their library of articles, so on occassion, I have to come up with my own.



Normally students have a choice of three to five articles that I have selected based on our current content. Under no circumstances do I want to read ten summaries of the same article, so I have a specific set of directions that avoid summary.

Here is the anchor chart posted to help us all remember the format.



How do you use articles and current events in your classroom?

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Wordless Wednesday 1/23: Taking Notes

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Wordless Wednesday is a quick post with just a picture from my classroom, a short explanation, and a question for you, my readers.
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I am using a new world history book this year. Yes, I am blessed to have updated materials, but the supplements that come with it are already available to students online. With one quick Google search, students can find the answers to most of the questions, reading guides, and section reviews.


My social studies students have kept notebooks many years in government, civics, economics, women's studies, psychology, U.S. history, and world history. I also prefer to avoid making copies as it is a lot of paper and always seems to take forever.

Every couple of days I like to have the students take their own notes from whatever reading we are doing. Just about every time, we use a two-column notes format.




A couple of psychology examples.


This was a recent layout for two pages on The French Revolution.




Do you have a preferred notes format?

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Wordless Wednesday 1/16: Introducing Expectations

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Wordless Wednesday is a quick post with just a picture from my classroom, a short explanation, and a question for you, my readers.
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Many schools start new terms in January, which means a new batch of students and teaching expectations. I have three simple expectations in my classroom: be honest, be respectful, and be on time and prepared. On the first day, students describe each of these expectations in the positive and negative forms.


I have students write around my room, which gets them up and moving and breaks up what can be a very boring first day of the term. Some examples are shared below.






How do you introduce expectations?

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Wordless Wednesday 1/9: My New Bulletin Board

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Wordless Wednesday is a quick post with just a picture from my classroom, a short explanation, and a question for you, my readers.



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The before and after of the one bulletin board in my classroom.  I do, however, have two of those folding walls that I can staple stuff to.  I hang the day 1 get-to-know-you assignment on this one.





Do you have any creative bulletin board ideas?





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Wordless Wednesday 1/2: Managing Cell Phones

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Wordless Wednesday is a quick post with just a picture from my classroom, a short explanation, and a question for you, my readers.



This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated by the company at no cost to you if you purchase through my links. The opinions here are 100% mine!



A power tower for the classroom.  I bought this small power tower to sit on my student supply station by the door.  Students can charge their devices while class is going on.




How do you manage cell phones?





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