High School
English Language Arts

The Mechanic in My AP English Class

We work hard to get all kinds of students into the seats of our challenging classes, but once they're there, do we just go back to teaching to the ones who are apt in the subject area? How you can begin to engage students with varying gifts and goals.
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The Mechanic in My AP English Class
  • businessinsider.com
    businessinsider.com

    'I'm Not A Math Person' Is No Longer A Valid Excuse

    5 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This article makes the important point that our attitudes toward what we can and cannot do matters. Specifically aimed at negative attitudes toward math ability, the article has a much broader application. We need to work on student attitudes toward learning, in general, to help them start thinking outside of the box of what they believe they can and cannot do.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    The Importance of Background Knowledge

    8 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    According to the author, "what students already know about the content is one of the strongest indicators of how well they will learn new information relative to the content." And that background knowledge has as much to do with economics as it does with aptitude. This detailed and in-depth article examines factors or background knowledge and suggests several approaches for closing the gap.
  • hepg.org
    hepg.org

    Five Easy Ways to Connect with Students

    6 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    Engaging students who might not exactly feel your subject is a fit for them is still possible, but it will take some thoughtful effort on your part. Here are five simple suggestions of how you can step towards your students and make the connection.
  • politico.com
    politico.com

    The School Standards Rebellion

    5 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    If you've been a teacher for more than 10 years, you've seen educational trends and fads come and go. But is the goal of preparing every single student for college success one of those fads? This opinion article provides an interesting perspective on the subject.
  • news.stanford.edu
    news.stanford.edu

    Fixed versus growth intelligence mindsets: It's all in your head, Dweck says

    6 minute read
    Shauna Konnerth says:
    This article summarizes part of the author's journey to her research on what motivates or holds people back. She explains the critical attitude toward intelligence that can make all the difference.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    This manual, called "a practical guide to improving boys' literacy skills," tackles the statistically backed literacy problem of boys in our schools. It presents facts and statistics to paint a grim picture, but also offers a ton of strategies for success that can engage even the most reluctant of readers.
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BloomBoard Asks:How can I connect with students who don't see the value of my subject area, or who don't think they are "good at" it?