Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Numbered Heads Teaching Strategy

Are you looking for a different way to check for understanding from your students? Numbered Heads is a fun and copperative stragegy that makes sure that all students participate. Here are the easy steps:

STEP 1: Have students number off in teams, one through four. If your students are already in teams, assign each student a different number in their team.
STEP 2: Then ask a series of questions, one at a time. It could be review questions, questions to check for prior knowledge, even questions to ask their opinion about something.
STEP 3: Have the students in each group discuss possible answers for about 30 -90 seconds.
STEP 4: Call a number (1-4), and the students with that number either raise their hand or stand up, ready to respond.
STEP 5:  Then randomly call on students with the specified number to answer the on behalf of their group.
STEP 6: Continue to ask questions until the review session is over.
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Happy Teaching!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

IDEA WAVE Teaching Strategy

Are you looking for a fun activity to check for understanding? Here is a great teaching strategy the entire class can participate in. Read below for the directions for an IDEA WAVE

After students learn about a specific topic each student shares ideas they learned about that topic.
·         A volunteer begins the “idea wave” by sharing one idea.
·         The students to the right of the volunteer shares one idea; the next student to the right shares one idea.
·         The teacher directs the flow of the “idea wave” until several different ideas have been shared. 

At the end of the formal "idea wave, " a few volunteers who were not included can contribute an idea.

To put a twist on the idea wave, ask all students to stand and share information they learned about the topic. Tell the students that they must speak in complete sentences using academic langauge. (I post word walls for every unit for students to refer to). I say to the class, "the person who goes first is the person who is speaking". They cannot repeat information that someone else has already said, so they need to listen carefully. The goal for the students is not to be the last person standing. 

This is a great way to assess your student's knowledge about any topic and then be able to reteach information if necessary. 

To see more teaching strategies click HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Chalk Dust Diva

Sunday, October 15, 2017

#HelpNorCal - Help Fire Victims

My state of California has had over 17 fires burning in the last week. Northern California has suffered the most devastation. To help the victims of the fires a  group of sellers from Teachers Pay Teachers have joined forces to raise funds.

On Sunday, October 15th - Monday, October 16th several sellers from different content areas will be donating our sales from specific resources to help schools most affected by the fires.

To find the resources in which the proceeds will be donated simply go to TeachersPayTeachers.com and search the hashtag #helpnorcal

To read more information click HERE. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Give-One-Get-One Teaching Strategy

Give-One-Get-One is a great, interactive, teaching strategy that will help your students review any topic covered in your class. Simply have your students follow the steps below to easily implement this strategy in your classroom:

 STEP 1: Write your name legibly at the top of a piece of paper. List 3 to 5 ideas about the assigned
STEP 2: Draw a line after your last idea to separate your idea from those you select from your classmates’ lists.
STEP 3: Get up and interact with one classmate at a time. Exchange papers, read your partner’s list, then ask questions about new or confusing idea.

STEP 4: Add one new idea from your partner’s list to your own, along with his/her name. Make sure
that you are able to accurately present this idea during a class discussion.
STEP 5:  Continue sharing ideas with different classmates until the specified time is over. Be
prepared to report one new idea you obtained!

Here is an example of what your students' papers may look like.

Find this template and many more formative assessment ideas HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Support the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Many secondary social studies sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers have come together to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The stores below have agreed to donate ALL their earnings from September 4th to schools affected most by this disaster.


You can donate directly to schools, teachers and students HERE!

Thank you!

Monday, August 21, 2017

TpT ONE Day SALE! August 22nd

Did you here about the TeachersPayTeachers.com ONE day, back-to-school SALE? You can get 25% off ALL my secondary social studies products on Tuesday, August 22. Simply type in BTSBONUS at checkout.

Check out all my BACK-TO-SCHOOL resources HERE

You can also get 25% off already discounted BUNDLES and MEGA Bundles. That means you get 50% off all products included in the unit and semester bundles!

Best of luck with the new school year!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Reciprocal Cooperative Reading Strategy

One of my favorite reading strategies I use in my secondary history class is Reciprocal Teaching. So what is Reciprocal Teaching you may ask? It is a multi-strategy approach to assist students in understanding the meaning of text. Students are asked to:
  • make predictions about what is going on in the text
  • generate questions about the text content
  • seek clarification of points that are not well understood or confusing
  • summerize what has been read
 The goal of RT is to have the student automatically use these strategies when reading.

Here is a great resource to teach reciprocal teaching in the classroom. Comes with everything you need to easily implement this strategy in your classroom!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cooperative Groups Student Responsibilities and Procedures

Are you looking for a successful classroom management strategy? I was first introduced to this cooperative group strategy 16 years ago when I was completing my student-teaching, and I have used it ever since!  It can be used for any grade level or course of study!

Each quarter my students are assigned teams  and will compete for extra credit points with the other team members. This works very well for classroom management because the students manage themselves! For example, you may decide to take away an extra credit point to a student who is not on task. Because he is losing points for the entire group, his group members will pressure him to get to work. Peer pressure works every time!

The beginning of the Power Point begins with a class discussion about what qualities employers look for in hiring employees. One of the most important qualities is the ability to work cooperatively . Then it reviews student responsibilities and procedures when working with a group and explains how teams can earn and lose points.

Also included in this purchase is a Team Winner Certificate (4 different versions) to be given to the winning team members for the quarter and a Team Point Chart for the teacher to use to keep track of the team points.

So if you want to make your classroom run itself, check this product out by clicking HERE

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacher's Appreciation Sale and TpT Gift Card Giveaway!

It's my favorite time of year - Teacher's Appreciation Week! To celebrate  the wonderful, hard-working teachers, TeachersPayTeachers.com is having a HUGE sale! You can save 28%  off all my U.S. History, World History, Civics, Psychology and Teaching Strategies resources.

The sale will take place on Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th. Use code ThankYou17 at checkout!

To make your week even more special, I'm giving away a $10 TpT Gift card to one of my blog followers. So, if you are not currently following my blog, simply enter your email address now to enter the competition.

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Teach with Movies - The Cold War

Are you looking for a way to keep your history students engaged  -  even when they are not in school? A great way to do this is to have your students watch films related to the current unit of study.  For each unit, I give my students a list of films my students could watch for extra credit. After they view the film they are required to complete a set of questions that will help them connect the movie to the current course of study. Get this FREE worksheet by clicking HERE

Below are a list of films I suggest when teaching the Cold War. 

Bridge of Spies
The Killing Fields
Inherit the Wind
Fail Safe
For Love of Country
A Gentleman's Agreement
Dr. Strangelove
Desert Bloom
The Crucible: 1957 version
Apollo 13 
Hiroshima Maiden
Force More Powerful
Seven Years in Tibet
War and Peace
Seven Days in May
The Russian's are Coming!
The Right Stuff
October Sky 
October Sky 
Quiz Show 
The Right Stuff 
Born on the Fourth of July 
Letters Home from Vietnam

Are there any films I am missing from this list? Let me know by commenting below! 

Happy Teaching! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New! Civil Rights Movement Teaching Activities

Are you looking for engaging teaching strategies for the Civil Rights Movement? Here are a few NEW resources I just posted to my TpT store!

Get this FREE Civil Rights Movement Jigsaw! Students will divide up the research and then teach their teammates about their findings!

Here is a fun activity for students to compare and contrast Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X! 

In this activity students can analyze the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. Print or Google Drive!

To see all my resources related to the Civil Right's Movement click HERE!

Happy Teaching!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Instructional Teaching Strategies for ANY Classroom

As a master teacher for over 10 years, I make sure my student teachers practice as many instructional strategies as possible during their time with me. I want to make sure they have plenty of "tools" in their "toolbox" to take with them once they complete their student teaching experience. This year I decided to create a document that included a list of diverse and engaging teaching strategies my student teachers could refer to when creating their lesson plans. Recently I uploaded this product to TpT so other teachers (new and veteran) could make use of it too!


This purchase includes 70 teaching strategies that could be used in ANY classroom or grade level. This is a must-have whether you are a new or experienced teacher. Free updates for life!

Instructional Strategies Include:
Gain Prior Knowledge Strategies
Debate- Discussion-Oral Language Practice
Reading Strategies
Writing Strategies
Review Strategies

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Document Based Questions in the History Classroom

More important in my secondary history class than actually teaching history is teaching my students how to critically think. To have may students "think like historians" is the #1 goal. One of the strategies I consistently use are Document Based Questions,  otherwise known as "DBQ's".
Document Based Questions are either an essay (sometimes even a paragraph), or a series of short-answer questions. Students support their claims by providing evidence from a group of documents - either primary or secondary sources. In my classroom I try to incorporate DBQ's as much a possible. I created this helpful handout for my students that takes them step-by-step through the process of writing a DBQ essay. Get it FREE by clicking HERE!

Here are just a few examples of DBQ's I use in my classroom:



Do you use DBQ's in your classroom?

Happy Teaching!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fun Facts About U.S. Presidents

What better day than "President's Day" to write about Presidential fun facts! But first, a little about the holiday itself - President's Day was first established in 1885 in recognition of George Washington's birthday. Actually, it's still officially called "Washington's Birthday" by the Federal Government. It is always celebrated on the third Monday in February.

Now for the fun facts -  Your students might get a kick out of them! 
1. The Capital of Liberia was named after President James Monroe. Since Monroe was a big supporter of colonization of Liberia, they decided to name the capital after him.
2. Andrew Jackson taught his Parrot to curse. It actually cursed so much during Jackson's funeral the parrot had to be removed.
3. The phrase "OK" became popular because of President Van Buren. Many of his supporters joined groups called "O.K." clubs, named after the town he was from, "Old Kinderhook" in New York. The term "OK" came to mean "all right".
4. The "S" in Harry S Truman doesn't stand for anything. That's why it doesn't have a period after it.
5. President Bush Sr vomited on the Prime Minister of Japan. Bad sushi?
6. Eisenhower was the only U.S. President to serve in both World War I and World War II.
7. The "Teddy Bear" was named after "Teddy" Roosevelt after a toy company created a stuffed bear in response to Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear cub.
8. Gerald Ford worked as a model during college.
9. President Kennedy was the first president to be born in the 20th Century and the first Catholic President.
10. Barack Obama's name means, "one who is blessed" in Swahili.

Are you looking for some Presidential teaching activities? Check out these engaging lessons for your secondary classroom:
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