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Inspirational Teacher Quotes

More inspirational teacher quotes.

Inspirational Teacher Quotes
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." - William A. Ward

Inspirational Teacher Quotes
"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." - Ignacio 'Nacho' Estrada

Inspirational Teacher Quotes
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." - Margaret Mead

Inspirational Teacher Quotes
"It is the supreme arts of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein
Inspirational Teacher Quotes
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." - Mark Van Doren

Collaborative Essay Brainstorming Strategies for Secondary Students

Collaborative Essay Brainstorming Activities for Secondary ELA Teachers

Begin your next essay with some collaborative essay brainstorming strategies that will get your students engaged, motivated, and ready to write.

Brainstorming is an important part of the writing process. Before I assign a formal essay to my students, I like to take them through some collaborative brainstorming strategies to help prepare them for the task. I particularly love collaborative brainstorming activities because they provide students with an opportunity to work together, discuss their thoughts, and explore new perspectives. An added bonus is that struggling and less proficient students will benefit from listening to their peers.

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Here are some collaborative brainstorming strategies that will prepare your students for their next essay.

Poster Project
Collaborative Essay Brainstorming Activities for Secondary ELA Teachers
Group students into small groups of 3-5 students and supply each group with markers and a piece of large, white construction paper. Assign each group a different topic for the essay, and have them create a poster that represents that topic. The poster should include words, phrases, and key points for each group’s assigned topic, as well as images and other visual representations. If applicable, encourage students to write quotes from the text on the poster.
After student groups complete their posters, have each group present their poster to the class. Display some of the posters on the walls as additional support. Throughout the essay writing process, students can refer back to these posters for additional ideas, guidance, and support.

Post-It Parade
Collaborative Essay Brainstorming Activities for Secondary ELA Teachers
Place students in pairs or small groups. Provide each student pair or student group with 2-3 post-it notes for each main essay topic. It is especially beneficial if you give each student group different colors of post-it notes so that you can color code the ideas. Each essay topic will have its own designated color. If you are assigning a five paragraph essay with three main points –each one serving as a body paragraph, provide each student pair or group with 6-9 post-it notes.  After discussing the essay topic with your students, ask each student group to write down an example, explanation, or quote on each post-it note that supports the topic. There is a lot of flexibility here to have students brainstorm different ideas with this activity.

After providing students with enough time to brainstorm in their pairs or groups, call on one person from each group to share their ideas aloud. After all groups share their responses, have students place their post-it notes on coordinating chart paper or on the white board. Keep the post-it notes up on display for the entire essay writing process. This will provide your students with additional information that might be beneficial on the essay.

Gallery Walk
Divide students into small groups and assign a designated color marker for each group. Prepare for the gallery walk by placing chart paper or poster board on the walls. You may also designate a large portion of your white board for student answers if you have enough colors of dry erase markers. Each piece of chart paper or poster board will be a different essay topic. Provide student groups with time to brainstorm each topic, and then have students rotate around the room at each station/piece of chart paper. While students are in their designated stations, they should be using their designated color marker to write their ideas on the paper. Encourage student groups to always add new information to the paper; this task will increase in difficulty as you progress throughout the stations. Keep the visuals up on the walls during the essay writing process.

Brainstorming Stations
Set-up essay brainstorming sessions throughout the room and divide your students equally into the amount of stations you’ve created. Each station should be a different essay topic or task. Prepare each essay brainstorming station with a particular task and graphic organizer. For example, one station may require students to think of as many examples as they can to support a topic sentence, and another station might require students to read closely to find a supporting quote. Have each student rotate throughout the brainstorming stations. Students should spend equal time in each station. At the end of the class, come together and discuss what students learned and brainstorm.

Inspirational Teacher Quotes

"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

"The secret in education lies in respecting the student." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." - Robert Frost

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and install a love of learning." - Brad Henry

"To teach is to learn twice over." - Joseph Joubert

What is your favorite inspirational teacher quote?

Research Paper Topics for Secondary Students

Research paper topics for middle school and high school students.
Now that it is research paper season, it is time to decide what topic to assign to your middle or high school students. I firmly believe in choosing a broad umbrella topic and allowing your students to each select their specific topic. Providing students with the opportunity to select what they research enhances student buy-in and interest. Here is a quick list of possible research paper topics for high school and middle school.
Research paper topics for middle school and high school students.

Social Problems Currently Affecting our Society
For this research topic, students are free to choose any social problem that our society is currently facing. A current issue, world issue, or social issue research paper can include almost anything from global warming to childhood hunger to antibiotic resistance.

This type of research project one of my favorites because it is a high-interest paper for high school students. Since students get to select their topic to research, they get to read about and investigate an issue that is interesting to them.

Please note: This project can get a little controversial, so it's best to require teacher approval for topics.

As educators, we prepare students for college and career readiness. Why not combine your academic lesson with something students can directly apply to their lives?  Have students select a possible career path that interests them and research it. The research assignment can ask students to examine anything from how to get hired, to the salary, to the qualifications.

One way to make this research paper more applicable to students, especially high school students, is to also include a college and education component to the paper. As a requirement, have students research potential colleges, majors, and training facilities that offer the type of education required for their chosen careers.

My Future Career Research Paper includes visually-appealing organizers and research writing support for students.

Influential People
Select any period of your choice and have students select one influential person from that time. The earlier the period you wish, the most historical the research assignment will become. This project also works excellently as a cross-curricular assignment with fellow social science teachers. You can work with the social science teachers in your grade level to determine what period the students are currently learning about in their social science class. Connect that period to your research project, and your students will get to see the value of learning across multiple courses.

Technologies of the Future
With such an emphasis placed on STEM subjects, this is a great way to tie in the English language arts with the sciences. Encourage your students to research about up and coming technologies that will forever change the way we live, do business and conduct health care in our country.
Research paper topics for middle school and high school students.
Our world is continually changing, and it is always fun to research and see the history behind some of the devices we take for granted. I included this research topic in my Research Paper Writing Unit. For this paper, I asked students to research and select one invention that has dramatically impacted our lives today. Students can choose any invention of their choice, as long as it was invented before 1950. This assignment is a fun research topic because it forces students to think outside of smartphones, smart-watches, and smart TVs.

This unit includes an editable PowerPoint presentation and all of the resources you will need to take your students step-by-step through the writing process.

If you are interested in how I introduce research paper writing to my students, check out the first blog post in this series: Part 1: Introducing Research Writing and the Assignment.