Grammar Series: Adverbs

Next in the grammar series: adverbs! FREE DOWNLOAD – PRACTICE Here are the excerpts used for practice near the end of this video if you’d like to download it and mark it up: Practice: Identifying Adverbs LINKS Lolly Lolly Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here (Schoolhouse Rock!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14fXm4FOMPM Adverbs (The Tongue Untied): http://www.grammaruntied.com/blog/?cat=45 What is an adverb? (Grammar … Read more

Grammar Series: Adjectives

Next in the grammar series: adjectives! FREE DOWNLOAD – PRACTICE Here are the excerpts used for practice near the end of this video if you’d like to download it and mark it up: Practice: Identifying Adjectives LINKS Unpack Your Adjectives (Schoolhouse Rock!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuuZEey_bs Adjectives (The Tongue Untied): http://www.grammaruntied.com/blog/?cat=41 What is an adjective? (Grammar Revolution): http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/what-is-an-adjective.html Adjectives (Ginger … Read more

Grammar Series: Verbs

After taking a couple of weeks off for vacation and preparing for an English teachers’ conference, I’ve finally cranked out the VERBS video! FREE DOWNLOAD – PRACTICE: Here are the excerpts used for practice near the end of this video if you’d like to download it and mark it up: Practice: Identifying Verbs Need help memorizing … Read more

Grammar Series: Pronouns

Here is the second video in my new grammar series – pronouns: FREE DOWNLOAD – PRACTICE Here are the excerpts used for practice near the end of this video if you’d like to download it and mark it up: Practice: Identifying Pronouns This is going to be a BIG series, moving from parts of speech to … Read more

Grammar Series: Nouns

I’m excited to announce a new grammar series, starting with an overview of NOUNS! Check out the video here: FREE DOWNLOAD – PRACTICE Here are the excerpts used for practice near the end of this video if you’d like to download it and mark it up: Practice: Identifying Nouns MORE TO COME There are ten more … Read more

Spirals and Portfolios – Professional Development Series

Check out the third video in my professional development series – suggestions on using spirals and writing portfolios in the classroom: More about spirals (or comp. books, or binders) Binders and spirals and composition books, oh my (Mrs. Gannon): https://mrsgannon.wordpress.com/2009/07/24/binders-and-spirals-and-composition-notebooks-oh-my/ This teacher comes to a similar conclusion I did, except she’s willing to pay a little … Read more

Their Eyes Were Watching God Annotation Demo

Need a little help reading or teaching the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston? Check out this three-part annotation demo with chapter 6 (a much-improved remake of a video I published last year): Part 1, how men in Janie’s community court women and treat their wives: Part 2, Matt Bonner’s mule and the vultures: … Read more

In which teachers actually flock to take a survey and request the results

I recently conducted a couple of informal surveys in order to prepare for my next professional development video. I already had some ideas about what I wanted to say about using spirals and writing portfolios in class, but I thought I’d see how other teachers are using them and what comments they might make. Here … Read more

New Teacher Help: Decorating Your Classroom

Plain white walls, empty table tops, vacant shelves: do these intimidate or excite you? Some teachers leave everything mostly bare, their only mark in the classroom a stack of student work on the desk and a few cryptic instructions scribbled on the board in light, spidery font (I’m looking at you, high school math, just … Read more

HipHughes: Awesome History Resource for Flipped Classrooms

Oh wow. Okay, I’ve said for a while that I want to be John Green when I grow up so that I can make YouTube videos as awesome as his, but now this guy Keith Hughes is in the running for my YouTube hero of the moment. Here is an index of his instructional videos … Read more

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