Tools I Use
Drawing from my years of practical experience and scholarly study, this page offers a repository of tools aimed at fostering critical thinking, nurturing a deeper appreciation for language, and facilitating effective reading and writing skills. Whether you're an educator seeking fresh insights or a student looking to refine your language abilities, here you will find a collection of proven tools that have contributed to my students' academic growth and engagement. So, let's embark on this journey together as we explore the dynamic approaches that have made a meaningful impact in the realm of English language arts education.
Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers
Flip (formerly Flipgrid)
Kids who are reluctant to write down their thoughts love recording them via video. Even better, I can provide feedback directly to my students.
I use Quill, which provides free writing and grammar activities for middle and high school students, to supplement my grammar instruction. I provide direct instruction for grade-level concepts and Quill to help students who struggle in specific areas. Then we talk about how to implement those concepts in our writing and edit. Students support each other in groups, so the end up talking about the grammar concepts, too!
Content Creation Tools for Students
Logitech Headset with Microphone
This headset, coupled with voice typing capabilities in Google Docs and other software, is a game changer for students who struggle with dysgraphia or have broken the limb they write with. *Note: This is an affiliate link. I may earn a commission if you purchase this product.