Text Dependent Questions

What are text dependent questions? Text dependent question are questions that can only be answered by looking at/understanding the text. For example, think of the story Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. A text dependent question would be: What were the reasons Fern...

Beginning of the School Year “To Do’s”

Some of you have already been teaching for a few weeks(like me), and/or your kids are back in school. Others have just started after Labor Day. The first few weeks of school are very time consuming, and set the pace for the rest of the year. Here are some priorities:...

Using Rubrics

Recently, I had a someone ask, “What is a rubric?” As she had never heard of one, I assume there are others out there who need to know as well. Here was my reply: A rubric is a scoring guide that helps teachers grade an assignment; it also helps the...

Using Exit Tickets in Teaching

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