Start Your Year Digital!

It’s 2016. We are now officially closer to 2020 than 2010 (hard to believe, right?), and it’s time for teachers to get digitally inspired! That’s right. It is time for teachers, students, and education professionals alike to embrace technology and bring it into our classrooms.

As we experience this new pendulum shift into the technological era of education, many educators will be looking to completely reinvent the wheel for a digital platform. However, educators need to look no further.

A handful of wonderful Teacher Pay Teacher sellers are paving the way for the digital era to help make this transition easier for teachers and students everywhere. We have created digital lessons for teachers that are Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive compatible.

So start this year inspired. Be digitally inspired with these resources.

Huge English Teacher Giveaway Hosted by Secondary Sara!

It's a new year, a new semester, and a new opportunity to connect with other secondary English teachers!

I joined other middle and high school teachers in a GIVEAWAY for ELA! Enter any or all of the three opportunities below to win incredible prizes.

All three contests close at the end of the day on Sunday, January 17th, so don't wait to enter!

Prize #1:

These gift cards were brought to you by the following middle or high school ELA teachers. Be sure to browse their stores as you prep for second semester!

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Prize #2: 

To see the full list of the items included in the prize pack, click here.

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Prize #3: 

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Good Luck, and Happy New Year!

From Multiple-Choice to Cooperative Learning: A No-Prep Activity to Try Today!

Cooperative learning activity to use with multiple choice tests
After reading a novel or chapter, I used to assess my students’ understanding with a quick, multiple-choice test. It was an easy way to quickly assess (and quickly grade) student learning, but it didn’t really engage my students in active learning.

Then I tried something new.

I still assigned the same multiple-choice test to my students, but I had my students complete the test in small groups. In addition to answering each question, I also required them to cite textual evidence that supported the answer they selected, so it was an open-book task. I told them that they were not allowed to guess on the assignment; they had to work together to complete the assignment.

The results were amazing!

The prep work was minimal (if anything).

The students had fun, were engaged, and learned to work together.

Cooperative learning activity to use with multiple choice testsNot only did the students collaborate to complete the task, the discussion that this activity generated was amazing. My freshmen were debating which answer was the correct one, and they did so by providing textual evidence to back up their answers. It was real, authentic learning.

The best part of the activity is that every single group scored very well. In fact, most of the groups earned 100% on the tests.

So dig through your old filing cabinets. Dig through your friend's old filing cabinets. Find any old multiple-choice tests you can, and assign them to groups to complete. The results will wow you, and this will become an activity that your students look forward to!