Making Curriculum Matter to Students

By Erin Nerlino  February 1, 2023  Why do I need to know this?” “When will I ever need this again?” As a high school teacher, I regularly hear these questions from students. Sometimes their frequency makes them easy to dismiss as complaints, but buried within them are two important questions for teachers: (1) Does each […]

Using “I can” Statements

Harry Grover Tuttle Dec 16, 2008 Big Ideas Home Students like to know how successful they are in their progress toward achieving the standard. One easy way to help students see their success is through “I can” statements.  These statements are clear statements  that identify each goal that is necessary in order to be successful. […]

Starting Strong

Establishing the “what” and the “why” in the first 10–15 minutes pays high dividends. My high school biology teacher had a sign taped to her desk that read “Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” After becoming a teacher, I realized that when it came to lessons, failure to […]