Shelley Wright

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

| November 14, 2013 | 32 Comments

Teacher Shelley Wright explains why a school system that revolves around academics fails to teach kids what they really need to know. Students have many talents; they just don’t fit into set current curriculae because their talents are likely not considered “real knowledge.”

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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

| July 5, 2012 | 20 Comments

thinkstock By Shelley Wright As an English teacher, I’ve had numerous conversations with college professors who lament the writing skills of their first year students. But not all writing. Most students are capable of solid expository writing. It’s their skill with persuasive writing that’s the problem. Specifically, they’re weak at writing a thesis statement that can […]

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Shifting the Classroom, One Step at a Time

Shifting the Classroom, One Step at a Time

| January 11, 2012 | 12 Comments

On Thanksgiving Day, we acknowledge and thank educators like Shelley Wright, who tirelessly look for ways to inspire their students to dig deep and to love to learn.

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The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

| July 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

By Shelley Wright I love the flip. I do. And I realize by saying this I’m making a controversial statement. I believe if used judiciously, in the right context, the flip can free up valuable class time and provide the background knowledge that is fundamental for students to then go forward and wrestle with higher […]

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What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students

What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students

| July 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

This past school year, Shelley Wright, a high school educator in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, made a number of big changes in her teaching practice. The class went paperless and used a Wiki, she incorporated project-based learning and collaboration into her lessons, she experimented with “vessays.” All along the way, she documented everything on her blog […]

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