Five Things on Pinterest

Today, my husband and I worked on some MUCH needed yard work.  Who needs a BBQ, the beach, or even a beer on a 3-day holiday weekend?  Not this couple!

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Home Improvement Memorial Weekend 2013

Four hours later and I’m in a pizza/Arrested Development/Pinterest coma.  

Here are five things that I found on Pinterest for the classroom.

1.  Classroom Discussions: Professors Share Favorite Strategies for Engaging Students5ede104d3a9d9550c140395ffd6fa47a

Bob Burdette, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Salt Lake Community College: No one method works for me to get my non-talking students to speak and the talkers to be quiet and listen. So, I try to change up the tool I use to get the desired results. On one day I will start working a problem on the whiteboard. I’ll then give the marking pen to a student and thank them for volunteering. They get to come to the board to work the next part of the problem. After they are finished they pass the pen to another student to continue work on the problem. We continue this process giving as many students the opportunity to come to the board and teach small parts of the problem to the rest of the class. To remove the anxiety of coming to the board we give the student at the board the authority to ask for help from all the students still seated.

Another day I’ll pass out two or three poker chips to every student. As we begin the discussion I ask each student to give me back a chip each time they answer a question. Rapidly the talking students use up their chips. Since they can no longer speak in the class it leaves the non-talking students to answer the remaining questions.

Another day I’ll bring a deck of cards to class and allow every student to select one from the deck. Once I begin working a problem I’ll stop and draw a card from the deck. Any student with a card higher than mine has to come to the board and continue working on the problem. If I have the higher card then I have to continue working the problem.

2.  25 Writing Prompts

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9. Make up a recipe.

15. If you could have any skill in the world (that you currently don’t have), what would it be?

3.  No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation System

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1. You write a comma when you take a breath. T F
2. You write a colon before a list. T F
3. You write a period after a thought. T F
4. A letter S should always have an apostrophe before it. T F
5. A period should be written after an independent clause. T F
6. “Mother” and other important words should always be capitalized. T F

Seeing their beliefs on punctuation “exposed” in black and white print sometimes gets students laughing, which is good because it shows they understand the silliness of the rules they were taught in the past–with all good intention, probably: it’s much easier to talk to a third grader about breaths than about clauses.

Going over these myths can also give students a good laugh, not a bad thing when discussing the dry topic of punctuation.

4.  Date Punctuationcd1b3ea67d0bc5ee785719f423f56862

5.  Terms to use when making lesson planseb0b207aea37acb4c8d181440a6187ab

BONUS!!!!

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Print a thin strip of questions for students to glue in their notebook and answer. Beats trying to copy all the questions from the board (or not writing them down at all!)

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