Monthly Archives: October 2012

Writing Assignments

From School Book: When my 5th grader’s teacher told us about the social studies curriculum, she practically apologized that she had to teach about government for two months, “because the kids find it boring.” The good news, she said, was … Continue reading

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A good post exploring various educational wastage: 1. A comment about elementary math classes: In the last few months, I visited over a dozen elementary schools. Mostly I visited kindergartens, but whenever possible, I visited the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Commercials

From a sample lesson for a 6th grade English class: Project Idea: Each year, companies spend millions of dollars on short commercials during the Super Bowl in order to target a specific audience and sell their products. Students will be … Continue reading

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Bringing the Hard Rock Cafe To Town!

A model assignment for a 6th grade English class:   Project Idea: Working in small groups, students will create a multimedia presentation to showcase the attributes of a chosen city. Their goal is to convince the executives of the Hard … Continue reading

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The Japanese Idea of a Good Project

From a friend who lives in Japan: Here’s a Japanese cultural experience for ya: My second-grader had a special class at school all about poop. No, I’m not joking. Then, he’s had to keep a week-long “Poop Diary” (うんち日記)- what … Continue reading

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To Be Fair . . .

Here’s a comment in favor of projects: A few years ago, I had a pair of boys who were among the worst students I’ve ever taught, in terms of academic skill and behavior. When I assigned them a creative project, … Continue reading

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Most Popular Lesson Plans

Another great post from Cost of College: Literacy instruction in public schools is ‘Dismal’ BY GRACE Arising out my frustration with the spotty quality of English instruction in our public schools, I have created an index that I choose to call … Continue reading

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Gas or a Movie?

From a teacher resource website, here’s a project aimed at 6th grade English: Project Idea: Students will compare gas prices from the five different geographic regions of the United States along with local gas prices.  Through a group multi-media presentation and … Continue reading

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