math, math education, Math Education

Calculate Taxes and Tips

When you buy food at the grocery store, you will often find that the price is more than what is on the sticker price. That extra money you pay is the sales tax. In the United States, different states and cities charge different amount of sales tax. Take a look at this receipt from a… Continue reading Calculate Taxes and Tips

ABE English

Using transitional words effectively

The following are resources for learning transitional words and phrases. Start here for an explanation and short quiz: https://bestgedclasses.org/using-transitional-words-and-phrases/ Take a transitional words quiz: https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=transitional-words_3 Exercise: Add missing transition words to the following paragraph: Below is a useful reference of popular transition words:

ABE English

Top 25 Things You Need to Know to Pass the GED Reading and Language Arts Test

The following is adapted from the book Language Arts Workbook for the GED Test. I highly recommend it for study, as it has plenty of realistic practice question with explanations. Main Idea: Identify the main idea of a paragraph or passage. Structural Relationships: Distinguish between cause-and-effect, compare-and-contrast, and parallel relationships. Follow the sequence of events… Continue reading Top 25 Things You Need to Know to Pass the GED Reading and Language Arts Test

Education Policy, In the Classroom, Uncategorized

MyOn: A Review

Bottom Line: The children's e-book site MyOn is enjoyable, in the way a bowl of sugary cereal is. There are reasons to be cautious about it.    MyOn promises to spread literacy by offering any kid with an internet connection access to more than 20,000 books. But how does it stack up?    Every review… Continue reading MyOn: A Review

In the Classroom, Personal Life

Reading the room

   Master teachers, when mentoring their newest crop, always zoom in on the power of reading and reacting to the energy levels of the classroom. As a teacher, you have a great deal of control over the students' energy levels. When it's low, it's a good idea to get students to move around and do… Continue reading Reading the room

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What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he's now trapped. The times when he would scour first his home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

In the Classroom, Legal Stuff!

What is the foundation of your job?

It's important to have existential crises sometimes. When authors come and use a sledgehammer on society's institutions, it makes me wonder: What is the foundation for my work? What can be stripped from it and still be recognizable? In The Trial, Franz Kafka presents us with a simple premise: What if someone got arrested without… Continue reading What is the foundation of your job?

In the Classroom, Uncategorized

Give it up for flexible seating!

It's sometimes too easy to criticize the state of education and so I want to  mix things up with a positive educational trend: flexible seating. I'm writing on the subject in the hope that it becomes the norm rather than a novelty. The benefits I see to flexible seating come from my experience as a… Continue reading Give it up for flexible seating!