The past few days, I have been working on my summer reading and in the past few days I have been reading: Lead with Culture by Jay Billy and just recently started The Pepper Effect by Sean Gaillard. In Lead with Culture, Jay talked about being intentional with our actions. He highlighted a great point in chapter 8 on page 68 about a teacher who used a Letter–type format for students to practice. The original intention was for students to practice spelling. The teacher saw the activity on Pinterest and thought it would be fun and it was. In the classroom. When it was given as homework it lost it’s purpose and really rang true with me. Something I try to avoid is busy work for students, but a trick is make activities and lessons with a purpose. I’m currently working on a Donors Choose to get a full classroom set of Bloxels for my students for the spring of 2019. My past students found Bloxels amazing, as they were able to create their own games. However, reviewing my past students, many students just saw using Bloxels as making games and weren’t finding the main purpose in their learning with Bloxels. So, I began to do research on how to make learning with Bloxels have a larger purpose with my high school students when we get our Bloxels and I didn’t have to look much farther than The Pepper Effect.
Today, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc. celebrated the release of their 50th book, The EduNinja Mindset by Jen Burdis. Dave Burgess really changed my way of thinking when I read Teach like a Pirate back in 2014 after Barbara Gruener recommended that … Continue reading Happy 50 Release DBC Inc
In the first part of my new summer series. I begin the planning stages of my room remodel starting with P is for passion. Continue reading Dice UP the Classroom: Creating the Pixel Classroom
A few days ago, I received my copy of: Let Them Speak by Rebecca Coda and Rick Jetter. Let Them Speak! is an amazing book on how to find out what your students really think, feel, and need, and what to do with the feedback you get from students, and how to use student voice to improve education and school culture. As many of you know, I have been a big advocate for Student Voice for a few years and in the last year, I have used Flipgrid to amplify Student Voice. So much, I am working on several Donors Choose projects to turn half of my classroom into a Flipgrid Recording Student. You can learn about that more here. As inspiring of the book is and the many notes, I have taken, I wanted to try something a little different to give students a focus on what they want to speak about. Sometimes students know what they want to talk about, but are not sure if it is: a question, idea, an thought of change or something completely innovative and I found just the thing with a little Pixel Classroom and Perler Beads.
Another school year has come to an end, post-its have been packed, posters have been removed and students have made the long walk and graduated. For me, this was a year of major change and a brand new chapter in the story of My Life as a Teacher. Over a year ago, I had finally received my full teacher licenses after several years of jumping through hoops, extra classes and more. Following my contract of not being renewed last April. I left as an administrator at Jackson Charter School and returned to the classroom for the first time in five years. I found myself at Stillman Valley High School a few months later as the new Business and Technology Teacher and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Adviser . After being a STEAM enrichment teacher, I looked forward to this new role as a regular classroom teacher and having the opportunity to teach high school. Even though I admitted this was outside of my comfort zone, I accepted the challenge and was I about to start a journey I never thought possible.
My new App Dice templates are up. Continue reading App Dice Templates
A couple of weeks ago, I was starting my work for next year’s courses and one of the courses I will be teaching is Entrepreneurship & Business Management. I have been incorporating the practices in my Business Basics, Multimedia and Consumer Education classes. However, being able to full teach entrepreneurship is a challenge I am looking forward to teaching and I wanted my students to really dig deep into the fastest growing types of business management and entrepreneurship and one of them is Entomology or The Study of Bugs. While I teach high school there are many ways to bring Entomology into the classroom from Littles to College level. Continue reading “Getting Buggy in the Classroom”
A few days ago while I was on Spring Break, I was asked to help tutor some upper elementary students. While I was working with them, they were asked to help define the main idea of a story. They showed me their reading room wall that showed them thriple scoop of ice cream that was divided as shown below.