A simpler way to teach writing: the one trait rubric

I used to spend hours grading students essays and felt extremely frustrated by the subjectiveness of my system. It was very difficult to think about all six traits of effective writing–ideas/content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions–at one time while grading. I’d often get sidetracked by mistakes in one area, such as spelling or […]

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How to respond if a parent accuses you of teaching critical race theory

I’m tackling a topic this week that’s been on my heart for quite awhile, and frankly I didn’t address it because I wasn’t sure what to say. I’m watching some of our best educators — particularly educators of color — being driven out of the profession due to accusations of brainwashing and indoctrinating kids with […]

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Standards-based grading is time-consuming. Here’s how to streamline.

This article is written by Truth for Teachers writer Alissa J. Bratz. How to design meaningful standards-based assessments  (that are also easy to grade!)  …even if your school does traditional grading “Why do we have to learn this?”  “Will this be on the test?” “How much do we have to write? How many pages does […]

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What to do with all that graded work: A functional filing system for secondary teachers

This article is written by Truth for Teachers writer Leah Bouas. As a high school teacher, I first followed Angela Watson’s podcast and site for camaraderie and inspiration more than for practical ideas that I could implement into my own classroom. Over time, however, especially after the experience of participating in the 40 Hour Teacher […]

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Too much tech? These 7 digital tools can create a daily structure for ALL your lessons, from start to finish.

This article is written by Truth for Teachers writer Francesca Rolley.  Gimkit. Wakelet. Slides. Forms. Meet. Zoom. Remind. Class Dojo. Quizizz. Quizlet. Nearpod. Pear Deck. Kahoot. Flipgrid. Kami. Loom. Edpuzzle. Edmodo. Menti. Moodle. Socrative. Securly. Hapara. Padlet. If you can comprehend the above lines at a proficient reading level, you might be a teacher transitioning […]

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To solve for ALL kids, start with ONE…

Sometimes problems seem insurmountable. But what if you tried creating change for kids just one name at a time? In this article and Truth for Teachers podcast episode, I’ll share how often the solution to big problems is solving smaller ones. You’ll hear NYT bestselling author Dan Heath share a short case study from Chicago […]

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Deciding what matters: Authentic teaching through setting boundaries

At a time when teachers are experiencing increased scrutiny, mistrust, and criticism from so many angles, it can be difficult to have the confidence needed to feel like you’re doing good work and can truly be yourself. The real you can get quickly buried under an ever-growing pile of expectations that have nothing to do […]

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A powerful way to help kids (and ourselves!) with time management

Time management skills are needed by kids now more than ever. While students have always been late to class, lost assignments, and forgotten to turn things in, the battle for focused attention seems magnified these days for sure! Constantly issuing reminders and following up with kids is exhausting. But helping kids understand how their brains […]

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12 tips for work/life balance in hybrid concurrent teaching

Hybrid concurrent teaching (in which you are simultaneously teaching students in-person and students who are learning at home, typically via live-streamed instruction) is without a doubt one of the most challenging scenarios an educator can face. You may have received the message from some folks in your district that this is a normal and acceptable […]

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Want to write with me? I’m hiring!

Over the next few months, I will be transitioning my website, TheCornerstoneForTeachers.com, to TruthforTeachers.com. With more than 6.2 million episode downloads, the Truth for Teachers podcast has become my primary method of sharing ideas, and I think the name really embodies the type of resources I want to offer. Part of my vision for expanding […]

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