My Steampunk Chic Classroom Design

My third design wound up being my choice of themes — I call it Steampunk Chic.  Steampunk denotes Science Fiction and Victorian Romanticism with whimsy.  It is an artform that celebrates the absurd and the different.  It also relates so perfectly to the subjects I teach in Literature and Composition.  I would be able to incorporate authors, poetry, sea monsters, and robots all in the same room.  Chic denotes my desire to make it feminine and “me.”  I spent the good portion of May debating the color.  After surveying most of my friends around school, I decided to take their advice and paint it in my favorite color, so that being in this space would make me happy every day.  I chose Coral Passion from Valspar.  It does indeed make me happy every time I enter this space.

The Ten Minute Teacher — Planning a Mock Trial

One of my favorite projects to teach and one of my students’ favorite projects to perform is a mock trial. They are competitive, can involve fun costumes, and have a real world connection. Students use a variety of skills to perform a mock trial, including public speaking, making an argument, and using evidence. Mock Trials…

The Ten Minute Teacher: Inquiry-based Lessons

One way that I have really learned to save time this year is from incorporating some inquiry-based learning and have students help generate classroom expectations. This also helps allow students to feel empowered over their own learning. I taught a series of ten minute prep lessons with an inquiry-based component at the beginning of school…