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Teengagement Webinar Series: The Empowered Teacher


Join Teengagement® for a series designed to support you in teaching Teengagement Units of Study. This series will help you authentically integrate reading, writing, data, critical thinking, and ethical problem solving. Session 1: Lesson Opening/Launch                         Sep 22 at 4 p.m. … Continue reading

P.I.E and the FSA ELA Writing Test: A Student Process Guide

PIE Graphic

Last week we looked at planning sheets, and ways students can use them effectively with the FSA ELA writing assessment. My students created and used mnemonic devices to remember the steps they needed to take on their planning sheets. Now we … Continue reading

Using the Planning Sheet for the FSA ELA Writing Test: A Student Process Guide

FSA ELA Writing Mnemonics

Student 1: Dude, that writing test was so easy. Student 2: Easy?  How can you say that?  I barely finished in time, even with the extra thirty minutes! Student 1: Not me.  I was able to sleep for the last … Continue reading

Authentic Assessment: The Heart of a Unit of Study

Sample Authentic Tasks

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors by canoe. So I joined the Brownies/Girl Scouts anticipating all of the camping trips and trail explorations that I would take. Guess what? My … Continue reading

What Worked this Year

Class Competition Charts

Every year goes by faster and faster. I just finished my 17th year teaching. I wish I could have a conversation with the Mr. Kern of, say, ’01-’02. I wonder on what we’d agree to disagree.

Practical Engagement

Young people engaged in reading successfully

Last week I wrote about the case for engagement in the classroom, and how critical it is to student success. Today I’d like to discuss how, at Teengagement®, we strive to bring the reality of engagement into our materials.

Teaching Reading from a 1969 Perspective

teaching reading

As we enter into assessment season and the talk steers toward student growth, school grades and value-added portion of evaluations, the teachers at my school begin to stress. And once again I am frustrated with a system that creates such … Continue reading