Monthly Book Recommendation: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain

iStock_000019487243_ExtraSmallBecause teaching is a demanding job…this recommendation is for the educators–actually, for all women (sorry men, this book is written for women).

I recommend: Unleash the Power of the Female Brain, by Dr. Daniel Amen. You may have seen Dr. Amen on PBS, talking about his SPECT scans and mental health.

My husband bought me this book for me, and I really love it–I have the book all marked up (not that I have done it all!). This book discusses optimizing your health, and gives many practical steps. It talks about diet, supplements, exercise, different brain types, and hormones. It is very informative, and I think you will enjoy it!

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

I have been busy with the illness of a loved one. I thought this quote fitting, especially as we enter Easter:

“Now, supposing the caterpillars have an annual meeting, the local society of caterpillars. . . .And . . . an older caterpillar says, “You know, it’s an extraordinary thing, but I think we are all going to be butterflies,” “Okay,” the caterpillars say, “you poor old fool, you are just an old man who is frightened of dying; your inventing something to comfort yourself.” But these are the things that people say to me when I say I am looking forward to dying because I know that I am going to go to eternity. You see?” –Malcom Muggeridge

(Sorry my posting hasn’t been as regular as I would like lately.)

Using Exit Tickets in Teaching

Do you use “exit tickets” in teaching? More and more, I see the benefits of using them.

gif_exitWhat are exit tickets?

Exit tickets are a question(s) you ask at the end of a lesson. It is the student’s “exit” out of the lesson or concept being taught. They are a great way to close your lesson!

Benefits of using exit tickets include:

  • They are a great tool to help you quickly assess student learning.
  • They help give you a target.
  • They help to reinforce the concept one more time.
  • They give students’ ownership of assessing their learning.

Example: You have just taught a lesson on nouns. The exit ticket may be for your student to give an example of a noun.

There are many ways to format this. You could: have a multiple choice question with one answer being the noun, have the students verbally tell you, do a fill in the blank (like a Mad Lib), have each student answer a question as s/he lines up to go out to recess, etc..

Have fun with them, and give it a try! They are a great way to get instant feedback to assess if your lesson was a success.