Rachel Tapling

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The Flier that Changed the World- Teaching Jo Ann Robinson in Black History Month

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Feb 23, 2017 11:38:00 AM

This is part three of a series on lesser-known heroines of the Civil Rights Era for Black History Month.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Teaching as Resistance: The Septima Clark Story

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Feb 16, 2017 12:08:00 PM


If only I could catch some of her spirit.”

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

"Hope is a Song in a Weary Heart"- A 3-Part Series on Lesser-Known Heroines for Black History Month

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Feb 9, 2017 12:08:00 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosa Parks

Harriet Tubman

Pauli Murray

Your students probably recognize the first three names of incredible and resilient leaders from previous studies of Black History Month, but do they recognize the fourth name?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

3 Brain-Based Benefits to Classroom Writing

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 26, 2017 11:13:00 AM

We all know that writing is good for learning. But, did you know how good it is for your student's brains?

Here are 3 ways that writing benefits your brain! 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Using Primary Sources to Teach Social Justice: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 4

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 19, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Every world-changer, social activist, and revolutionary stood on the shoulders of those before them.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas

Teach Your Students Cuneiform (and Other Ideas): Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 3

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 12, 2017 11:43:00 AM

I won’t ever forget watching one of my most struggling students light up when he showed me that he had written a simple story in cuneiform, using the few glyphs that were included in the social studies book. “It's like I’m a time traveler!” he’d said.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

Primary Sources in the Science Classroom for Lower Elementary: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 2

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 10, 2017 11:47:00 AM

Not everyone thinks about primary sources when planning science lessons for students in lower elementary.

However, teaching students to rely on facts and evidence as close to the reference point as possible is an incredible way to build critical thinking early on.

The good news is that science primary sources are everywhere:

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Middle School Math and Primary Sources: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 1

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 5, 2017 12:03:00 PM

I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I never really liked math as a student. And frankly, it didn't seem to like me either. I regularly called it "the bane of my existance", and used to get headaches in Algebra class. 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Technology

Writing Tips Round-Up: Review of Common Core- Aligned Classroom Writing Ideas

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Dec 29, 2016 11:16:00 AM

Once, I was surprised with an administrator visit and teaching evaluation late in the afternoon on the very first day back from Winter Break. 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Writing

Alternatives to the Late, Great 5PE - Why not to Rely on the Five-Paragraph Essay & What to do Instead

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Dec 22, 2016 11:44:00 AM
I've spent the last year of my life transitioning from being a writing teacher to a writing writer. 
 
And here's something I've never, ever been asked to do for any writing gig- paid or otherwise- 
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Writing

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