Respectful Engagement | Dave Schmittou | AP Exam Format

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (1:50), Tom opens by contemplating the rules of “respectful” engagement when debating contentious issues. Then, Tom is joined by education author & speaker Dave Schmittou (8:55) for a conversation about his new book (co-authored with Katelyn Giordano) entitled, “Poking the Bear: A guide for engaging in the conversations that matter most.” Finally, in Assessment Corner (54:52), … Read More

Facilitating Small Group Instruction to Meet Student Needs

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TL;DR: Small group instruction and one-on-one conferences are possible this year. Five tips to make these types of instruction happen – whether you’re fully virtual or hybrid. In my classroom, like many others, small group instruction is a cornerstone of our structure. In fact, a majority of the teaching I do is done in a small group model. I work … Read More

Strengthening Students’ Reading and Writing Stamina

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TL;DR: Giving students time to read and write independently is a classroom routine that encourages students to become readers and writers. A book review script that students can use to share video book recommendations with peers is included. When students share their writing with an authentic audience, it empowers them and builds classroom community. Having students set their own reading … Read More

Maintaining Positive Culture Even When Apart

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TL;DR: Classroom culture is something we all work hard to build and maintain. Steps and ideas to cultivate our classroom culture, even while apart. Realistic ideas and suggestions to connect with students, staff, and families from home. Classroom and school culture are massive components of our jobs as educators. It’s vital that we cultivate an environment where our students and … Read More