Teaching Ideas – an annotated list

An Alphabetic Listing of Blog Entries

Please use the “Search” function on the home page to find specific entries

A Celebration – The First 10,000 Hits (Do’s and Don’t’s for New Teachers)
A screen picture showing exactly 10,000 hits PLUS 5 Do’s and 5 Don’t’s for New Teachers – my Top 10 Words of Advice.
Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 1, 2010

Audience (or class) Involvement #1

Video clip from a presentation I made in St. Paul doing an old Victor Borge exercise giving sounds to punctuation as a story is read aloud.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 8, 2009

Autographing Yearbooks

Pictures from my father’s Autograph book (circa 1934), examples and suggestions for today’s Yearbook signing.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 9, 2009

Book Shares – Part 1

Suggestions regarding book shares plus a list of possibilities.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 13, 2009

Book Shares -  Part 2

The rest of the first page about “Book Shares” – what to include, schedule

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 15, 2009

Book Shares – Part 3

A picture of a 3D collage and the Marking Sheet used to evaluate book shares.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 17, 2009

Christmas – Name the Carols

8 Christmas cartoons depicting well-known carols – answers are provided.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  December 14, 2009

Christmas – Cartoon Sequence
Explanation regarding using Saturday comics as mixed up sequences PLUS a Christmas cartoon 6 panel sequence activity.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 8, 2009

Christmas – Cartoon Sequence – Answer Key
The 6 panels in the suggested order PLUS explanatory captions.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 9, 2009

Classroom Design 1 – Your Classroom (Home Away From Home)

Thoughts (and two pics) on how to use the ceiling in your room – decorative and educational.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 3, 2009

Classroom Design 2 – Classroom Takes Shape

How I decorated a small room where I taught a pull-out group of grade sixes

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Classroom Design 3 – Class Set of Phone Books

Ideas about using old phone books to teach research skills.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 9, 2009

Classroom Design 4 – A Student’s View

Suggestion to use the front of the room for displaying student work and instructive displays.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 23, 2009

Classroom Discipline 1 – Mackenzie Baseball

How a “3 Strikes and You’re In” system works – along with its variations.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 29, 2009

Classroom Discipline 2 – Smile

How a smile and the mindset behind the smile can make discipline much more effective.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 9, 2009

Classroom Discipline 3 – Inconsistencies (The Speeder Story)

A short story used to assure students that teachers are as consistent as possible when dealing with discipline problems.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February22, 2010

Classroom Management – A Quiz

A 20-question quiz gleaned from interviews with middle school teachers about effective classroom management techniques and practices. Answers – Yes, No, Sometimes.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 1, 2010

Classroom Management – Creating an Identity

Giving each class a name to replace 8A, 8B, etc. with The Wizards of Roz, Sterling’s Storm, etc.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Classroom Management – more than entertainment

Proactive strategies like the sequences shown here as anticipatory sets are what I call “management.” The reactive strategies are “discipline.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 27, 2009

Classroom Management – Learning Students’ Name #1

An explanation of the “Names, Places, and Faces” game best employed on the first day of school.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 20, 2009

Classroom Management – Learning Students’ Name #2

An explanation of a second game for learning names – Billy Bang

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 22, 2009

Classroom Management – Learning Students’ Name #3

An explanation of a third game for learning names – The Melting Magician

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 24, 2009

Classroom Management – Knowledge of Results (Code Names)

One of my best ideas – using student created code names so marks can be shared publicly.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 25, 2010

Classroom Routines – Getting Everyone’s Attention

A new method to interrupt a class at work to deliver a necessary message.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 1, 2009

Classroom Rules – Idea #1

Two posters of classroom rules – rights and responsibilities.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 7, 2009

Classroom Rules – Idea #2

Two more examples of rules used by middle school teachers (and pics of the posters to display the rules).

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 20, 2009

Context Clues #1

Notes on 5 context clues, a mnemonic PLUS a context clue exercise.

Posted by Jock Mackenzie April 22, 2010

Context Clues #2

How to remember the term PLUS another exercise

Posted by Jock Mackenzie April 26, 2010

Court – Role Playing with Bloom’s

Explanation of comprehension/role playing game of Court. Also a 2-page handout to assist students in preparing questions.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 14, 2009

Court – More Role Playing with Bloom’s

A complete step-by-step explanation of how to play Court, plus a suggested script.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 16, 2009

Creativity – Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

Describes the origin of the saying “Think Outside the Box” and encourages creativity.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 5, 2009

Creativity – Quotes, Thoughts, Pictures

Four quotes about creativity, some thoughts on the importance of encouraging students to be creative, and two creative examples (pictures taken on a trip home from Lethbridge, Alberta)

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 22, 2009

End of Class Activity – Charades

An explanation and a video clip of the life skill, language skills known as Charades.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 7, 2009

End of Class Activity – Silent Ball

Explanation of how to play the end of class game called Silent Ball.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 21, 2009

Essay Writing – Part 1

The picture of an essay followed by an explanation of how to build an essay with bodies PLUS a suggestion to see the video clip called “Acting the Essay.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 15, 2010

Extrinsic Rewards – all you have to do is look

Suggestion that conferences are an excellent source for gathering class prizes.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Final Exams – Time at the End?

Ideas for the time after the final exam when students sit idly waiting to be released.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 22, 2009

The First Week of School – Part 1

The poem “Ladies and Gentlemen” and how I get each class to memorize it on the first day of school.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 26, 2009

The First Week of School – Part 2

A video of the poem “Ladies and Gentlemen” and an explanation of how I use it as the first homework assignment of the year.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 28, 2009

Foreshadowing – Part 1

Six hand shadow images, suggestions on how to incorporate hand shadows into an activity to understand “foreshadowing” PLUS a YouTube video by Raymond Crowe.

Posted by Jock Mackenzie April 15, 2010

Foreshadowing – Part 2

Suggestions about “fore” and “shadow” so students can understand the term PLUS suggested stories.

Posted by Jock Mackenzie April 19, 2010

Getting Organized (and trying to stay there)

Sample of a S.S. class Table of Contents on chart paper – helping kids with organization

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

Give ‘em Candy – extrinsic rewards?

Satiric look at using candy as a classroom reward

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Hink Pink Swink Think Contest (with prizes)

Contest rules, the prizes (with pictures), sample entries (9 of them) PLUS the winners.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  December 18, 2009

The Importance of Reading, What Makes Good Writing

Video clip from a presentation I made in St. Paul about Avi’s (and Donald C. Hall’s) comments on reading.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 10, 2009

I.P.P.’s – a challenge for all (but there’s hope)

Brief explanation of the sample folder in the cum file cabinet – used to decipher the mysterious cum file.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Journal Writing – Introduction

The 5W’s and H of journal writing in a Language Arts classroom.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 15, 2009

Journal Writing Ideas #1

Ideas for the first 6 weeks of school.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 19, 2009

Journal Writing Ideas #2

Six more weeks of ideas for journal writing.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 11, 2009

Journal Writing Ideas #3
Journal prompts for Weeks #13 – #18.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 22, 2009

Journal Writing Ideas #4

Ideas for Weeks 19 – 24

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 7, 2010

Journal Writing Ideas #5

Ideas for Weeks 25 – 30

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 29, 2010

Kites #1 – a listening exercise and more

Brief video PLUS an introduction to a great listening exercise – sled kite building.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  April 5, 2010

Kites #2 (Making a Sled Kite)

Pictures and a written explanation for an 8 1/2 X 14″ paper sled kite and it flies! PLUS a 2 minute video.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  April 8, 2010

Kites #3 – String Climbers, A List of Do’s

Step-by-step photos showing how to make a kite string climber (messenger) PLUS 6 suggestions for making your kite day successful.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  April 12, 2010

Learning to Remember – Highlights from High Level

A 5 minute video of a session I gave at the Fort Vermilion PD Day about “hooks” we use in life and at school so we can hang our memories.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 26, 2009

Listening & Viewing – Origami

Listening and Viewing to make a paper cup

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 17, 2009

Middle School Alphabet

Shows 3 sample letters and briefly explains benefits of having an alphabet displayed.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

Middle School – First Impressions

Two exterior photos of West Park Middle school, importance of first impressions

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 5, 2009

A Middle School Language Arts Classroom

Pictures and an explanation of how to make banners for the 6 strands of Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Viewing, Representing)

Posted by: jockmackenzie on August 30, 2009

Opening Activity – The Pot of Gold

How to play a game where students look for a hidden coin – then watch as others search.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Persuasive Writing – Part 1

Explanation and examples of the F & R of FREQOES – Facts and Statistics, Reasons. FREQOES is a mnemonic for various methods of developing/elaborating.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 14, 2010

Persuasive Writing – Part 2

Explanation and examples of the E & Q of FREQOES – Examples and Quotes. FREQOES is a mnemonic for various methods of developing/elaborating.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 18, 2010

Persuasive Writing – Part 3

Explanation and examples of the O of FREQOES – Opinions. FREQOES is a mnemonic for various methods of developing/elaborating.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 21, 2010

Persuasive Writing – Part 4

Explanation and examples of the E of FREQOES – Experiences. FREQOES is a mnemonic for various methods of developing/elaborating.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 25, 2010

Persuasive Writing – Part 5

A review of F, R, E, Q, O, and E and then an explanation and examples of the S of FREQOES – Senses. FREQOES is a mnemonic for various methods of developing/elaborating.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 28, 2010

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 1 – Song Writing

Brief excerpt about re-writing old lyrics e.g. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 2 – Rhyming Definitions

Brief excerpt about Hink Pinks and Hinky Pinkies

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 3 – The Limerick

Brief explanation of the Annual Limerick Contest, several past winners

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

“Poetry & Song” – ENTRY 4 – Figure of Speech Exercise

Sample of a Figure of Speech exercise from my teacher reference book “Poetry and Song.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 5 – Figures of Speech

Brief sample from my upcoming book (I hope) called “Poetry and Song” about how to remember figures of speech. Uses the example of ‘personification.’

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 15, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 6 – The Cliche

An excerpt from my teacher reference book. Explains how students see clichés as new, gives an exercise encouraging creative ideas.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 5, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 7 – Form and Formula Poems

A Muhammad Ali opening poem, thoughts about getting boys interested in writing poetry, and a “Jock written” Ali prediction as a starting exercise.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 9, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 8 – Acting Out a Poem

The beginning of a chapter titled “Quatrains and Other Short Poems.” It includes a description of how students can stand before their classmates and “act out” the form of a poem

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 15, 2009

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 9 – A List Poem

Brief example of a “list” poem from the chapter on Form and Formula Poems.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  July 17, 2009

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 10 – The Limerick #2

How to begin teaching “The Limerick” with several examples PLUS how to deal with off-color limericks.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 11, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 11 – The Limerick #3

The picture of a “perfect” limerick – including stressed and unstressed syllables, number of syllables per line, and rhyme scheme PLUS several examples.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 15, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 12 – The Limerick #4

Ideas about rhythm PLUS an exercise for writing 2nd and 4th lines.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 18, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 13 – The Limerick #5

Cloze exercises. Original words are included.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 22, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 14 – The Limerick #6

Seven of my favorite limericks.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 25, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – a video

Video clip (approx. 8 minutes) of a session in High Level, Alberta based on Jock’s upcoming teacher reference book titled “Poetry and Song.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 29, 2009

Publications – Rhyme Time in “Canadian Teacher”

Refers the reader to my article describing a rhyming game called “Hink Pinks” and introduces my invention of Hink Pink Swinks (3-word rhymes) and Hink Pink Swink Thinks ( 4-word rhymes).

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 25, 2009

Publications – Reader’s Digest

My joke about a chocolate factory worker was published in January’s Reader’s Digest.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 4, 2010

Publications – TEACHERS’ Plates Are Full! – in “Canadian Teacher”
My article (approx. 2800 words) about solutions to our ongoing dilemma PLUS the pictures not included in the magazine.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 24, 2009

Reading Games

Video clip from a presentation I made in St.Paul about two reading games – Reading Tag and Popcorn

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 12, 2009

Representing – The Page of Many Lines

An “old school” way to help students “represent” their work

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 10, 2009

Rewards 1

A video clip with several “claps” and the “high school hey” to underscore the idea that “The most sincere compliment we can pay is attention.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 3, 2009

Rewards 2

Finding rewards for students means thinking ahead – in this case taking golf balls to a national championship.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 5, 2009

The Secret Handshake (Well, you can’t hug ‘em)

Verbal explanation of an important method to show appreciation.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

The Seminal Literature – Everything But Language Arts (Middle School/Junior High)

A work in progress suggesting the best resources for all other subject areas.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 8, 2010

The Seminal Literature – Language Arts (Middle School/Junior High)

The best sources for LA teachers as recommended by me – and by people I trust.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  March 4, 2010

Sentences Starters and Enhancers 1

6 techniques to start sentences and 6 techniques to enhance sentences as described in the INLETS program.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 3, 2009

Short Story – The Gift of the Magi, Plot & Court

Important pictures, the Magi text, possible Court questions, and a plot outline.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 18, 2009

Short Story – Leiningen versus the Ants (Intro – Plot)

An HTML table showing the plot structure of Leiningen. This Plot Planner can be used during or after the reading of any short story.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 4, 2009

Short Story – Leiningen versus the Ants  (Story, Part 1)

The text of the story (Part 1 of 3 parts) plus a list of difficult vocabulary from this section. (highlighted in red). Scenes descriptions are noted in orange. Vocab lists appear in chronological lists at the end of the entry.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 6, 2009

Short Story – Leiningen versus the Ants  (Story, Part 2)

The text of the story (Part 2 of 3 parts) plus a list of difficult vocabulary from this section. (highlighted in red). Scenes descriptions are noted in orange. Vocab lists appear in chronological lists at the end of the entry.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 8, 2009

Short Story – Leiningen versus the Ants  (Story, Part 3)

The text of the story (Part 3 of 3 parts) plus a list of difficult vocabulary from this section. (highlighted in red). Scenes descriptions are noted in orange. Vocab lists appear in chronological lists at the end of the entry.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 10, 2009

Short Story – Leiningen versus the Ants (Vocabulary, Setting)
1. Suggestions regarding the use of context clues (including a mnemonic)
2. Detailed explanation regarding “Setting” in any short story as well as in Leiningen
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 12, 2009

Short Story – The Monkey’s Paw

Text of W.W. Jacobs The Monkey’s Paw. A link to a YouTube video is suggested. Links to dictionary.com are available throughout the story for difficult vocabulary.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  January 11, 2010

Short Story – The Monkey’s Paw (as a play)

Text of Louis N. Parker adaptation PLUS a picture of the stage setting as well as a link to audio tapes.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  December 18, 2009

Short Story – The Sniper
Text, with vocabulary terms bolded, and a plot outline of Liam O’Flaherty’s “The Sniper.”
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 26, 2009

Short Story – The Sniper (Vocabulary)
A “helping” vocabulary exercise using 15 words from “The Sniper” PLUS the Answer Key.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 28, 2009

Short Story – The Street That Got Mislaid (Part 1)

A “Plot Planner” hand-out I created is used to summarize the story’s plot structure.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 31, 2009

Short Story – Thank You, Ma’am by Langdon Hughes
Text of the story PLUS a plot outline.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 6, 2009

Short Story Plot- The “Picture” of a Short Story
Explanation and diagrams of developments to the “standard plot diagram.”
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 30, 2009

Speaking – Joke Telling #1

3 “student friendly” jokes – the first in a series. An explanation will follow to show how to use joke telling as a subtle way to get students speaking in front of their classmates.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 21, 2009

Speaking – Joke Telling #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15

Two jokes per entry plus a brief explanation of the procedure.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 and August 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 2009

Joke Telling #1

-       The Chocolate Factory

-       Golfer and the Cop

-       Jokes in Prison

Joke Telling #2

-       Florist Friars

-       Golfer and Funeral Procession

Joke Telling #3

-       Haimish in the River

-       Tarzan Hunts for Lunch

Joke Telling #4

-       Texan Goes to Israel

-       Motorcycle Gang and the Circle

Joke Telling #5

-       Fisherman and the Biker Gang

-       Farmer With Two Horses

Joke Telling #6

-       Passenger in the Four-engine Plane

-       A Real Pirate

Joke Telling #7

-       Pearly Gates Meets A Brave Man

-       Eagle Eyes Freddie

Joke Telling #8

-       Puppy Drinks Gasoline

-       Farmer and the Penquins

Joke Telling #9

-       The Firing Squad

-       Lady in Pain

Joke Telling #10

-       Male Deer Survey

-       Almond Daiquiris

Joke Telling #11

-       Straw in the Wheelbarrows

-       Russian and the Blanket

Joke Telling #12

-       The Secret of Telling Jokes (audio)

-       The 747 and the Small Town Runway

-      The Priest and the Paint

Joke Telling #13

-       Compliments in the Bar

-       Daschund on Safari

Joke Telling #14

-       Old Golf Ball on the Par 3

-       Buckets of Fish

Joke Telling #15

-       The Inexpensive Barber

-       Lucky Number 7

Speaking – String Games

Brief explanation of how string games can get students up in front of the class – to make a presentation without seeing it as ‘public speaking.’ Also the benefits of string games.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 1, 2009

Speaking – Magic 1

Comment on how getting a student to do a magic trick in front of the class is a subtle way to do public speaking without realizing it. Explanation of the trick “Black Magic.”

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 29, 2009

Speaking  – Magic 2

Detailed explanation of how to do the “Speed Reader” magic trick.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 29, 2009

Story Writing – using “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
Text of the fairy tale PLUS a plot outline.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 4, 2009

Story Writing – using “Little Red Riding Hood”
Suggestion to modernize fairy tales, the text of Little Red Riding Hood PLUS a plot outline.

Story Writing – using “The Three Little Pigs”

Text of the story PLUS a “less is more” writing suggestion.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  December 16, 2009

Story Writing – using “Rapunzel”
Text of the fairy tale PLUS the suggestion to use G.R.A.F.T. instead of RAFTS.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 12, 2009

Student Engagement – Part 1

A list of 11 strategies PLUS an explanation of the first one: take and share pictures of engaged students

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 11, 2010

Student Writing – G.R.A.F.T. not R.A.F.T.S – Introduction

An improved (I think) way of describing a classic method that offers students tremendous variety in writing assignments.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 19, 2009

Student Writing – GRAFT (an alternative to RAFTS)

Two alternatives for getting students to generate ideas for GRAFT (Goal, Role, Audience, Format, Topic)

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 21, 2009

Student Writing – Methods of Elaboration

How to use FREQOES (Facts & Statistics, Reasons, Examples, Quotes, Opinions, Experiences, Senses) to development ideas with a paragraph.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 1, 2009

Superheroes – Part 1

A list of superheroes, an overview of a superhero project, and a planning grid for gathering information about a variety of superheroes.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 19, 2009

Superheroes – Part 2

A hand-out titled “Create Your Own Superhero” which asks kids to explain and draw a new hero.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 21, 2009

Superheroes – Part 3

The superhero drawings made by my students, how high school art students added their artistic versions, and a conversation example between superhero, sidekick and villain.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 2, 2009

Teachers and Retirement

Picture of our stained glass front door and a suggestion to take time to enjoy a few pastimes

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 13, 2009

Teacher Evaluations – How am I doing?

Session evaluations from Lethbridge Middle Years Conference plus a few thoughts.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 30, 2009

Teacher Man, Teacher Ma’am – a concept, a t-shirt, a song – Part 1

Pictures of the front and back (Teacher Man and Teacher Ms.) t-shirts with an explanation about the history and the concept. Lyrics are given – sung to the tune of the Spiderman theme.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 4, 2010

Teacher Man, Teacher Ma’am – a concept, a t-shirt, a song – Part 2

An audio clip of Jock singing (?) the Teacher Man song. Lyrics provided.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 8, 2010

Teacher Reading – Bricks and Bridges: Bridging the Gap to At-Risk Youth

A brief book review (and high recommendation)

Posted by Jock Mackenzie April 29, 2010

Teacher Reading “Less is More” by Kimberly Hill Campbell

A book review (9/10) for a resource recommended for any language arts classroom.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 7, 2009

Teacher Reading – the Literature textbook

A summer reading idea with suggestions about what to note in your classroom literature text.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 21, 2009

Teachers Who Write – A Crazy Kid from Canmore

A poem about kids who go to a mountain town – and stay for years

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 15, 2009

Teachers Who Write – Ol’ Green, My Cuttin’ Horse

A poem about an acreage owner who spends 24/7 on his riding tractor.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 23, 2009

Teachers Who Write – Golf Partners

A poem I wrote about the interesting pairings my wife and I have experienced on the golf course.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on April 1, 2010

Teachers Who Write – Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

A story titled “All I Got For Christmas . . .” PLUS a Christmas wish and a video clip.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  December 19, 2009

Teachers Who Write – “Performin’”

A poem inspired by watching students perform at the Kiwanis Music Festival.

Posted by Jock Mackenzie May 6, 2010

Teachers Who Write – Teacher Expectations – A Story

Is it a disconnect when we simplify our last names?

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 20, 2009

Teachers Who Write – What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

A “teacher poem” suggesting the many careers all rolled into the job description of the classroom teacher.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on July 15, 2009

Teacher Writing – What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Jock’s poem, meant for teachers, about his career choice.

Posted by: jockmackenzie  February 18, 2010

The Thesaurus

A caution about ‘thesaurusitis” followed by an explanation of several strategies and exercises to improve the use of different types of thesauri.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 7, 2009

Time Capsule – Mini-book of Favorites

Step-by-step method (with photos) of how to create an 8-page miniature book using one piece of 81/2 x 11 piece of paper.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 6, 2009

Twitter – And He Told Two Friends And They . . .

Announcing my Twitter account – Jockomack

Posted by: jockmackenzie on March 23, 2010

Writing – The Paragraph

Pictures of a paragraph and why it’s important for students to visualize various concepts.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 25, 2009

Writing the Paragraph (Scattergrams)

A visual method to gather ideas and organize them so students can plan their work prior to writing.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 5, 2009

Writing – The Topic Sentence (Part 1)

Introducing a formula for writing topic sentences. (T.S. = T + M.I. !)

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 27, 2009

Writing – Topic Sentences (Part 2)
Teacher’s Notes and Student (Cloze) Notes on Topic Sentences PLUS examples of topic sentences as first, second, and last in a paragraph.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on November 20, 2009

Writing – Topic Sentences (with OOMPH!)
8 methods with examples for adding interest and pizazz to topic sentences.
Posted by: jockmackenzie on December 10, 2009

Year End Activity #1 – Time Capsule

Explanation of how to create a small time capsule using a snap-top, plastic container (an old Nescafe Special Coffee container) for grade sixes to open at the end of their time in middle school.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 19, 2009

Year End Activity #2 – Class Dictionary/Yearbook

Explanation of how to create a classroom yearbook using the form of a dictionary – emphasizes pronunciation, syllabication, synonyms, etc.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on May 26, 2009

Year End Activity #4 – Studying for Finals

An explanation of the game “Court” – a courtroom and Bloom’s Taxonomy

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 18, 2009

Year End Activity #5 – Locker Clean-up

Ideas to make this activity easier and more worthwhile

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 19, 2009

Year Plan – the big picture

Brief thoughts about an overall plan

Posted by: jockmackenzie on June 11, 2009

Year Plan – Language Arts, Grade 7

My ex-student teacher (now seasoned classroom teacher) offers her LA year plan.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on October 23, 2009

Year Plan – Language Arts, Grade 8 (Part 1)

An actual year plan I used for my LA grade 8 class in my last year of teaching.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 11, 2009

Year Plan – Language Arts, Grade 8 (Part 2)

The month-by-month outline of activities plus an overview of the Department of Education’s expectations.

Posted by: jockmackenzie on September 13, 2009

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