As the first semester draws closer to an end (6 weeks for me). Teachers reach that moment where they start to reflect on their classroom teaching or the 90 Day reflection. As many of you know, I returned to the classroom this year after serving as an administrator and enrichment teacher the last few years. I went from reaching a large range of students in a small capacity to teaching high school students in six different sections on a Block Schedule. To say the least, it was not the easiest transition, especially taking the position just a little over two weeks before the new school year started. I was fortunate to have a portfolio from previous school years about the material that needed to be cover. However, after the first month, I felt that I wasn’t teaching the classroom the way I wanted to teach it. Don’t get me wrong, my new students enjoyed the fact that I wouldn’t lecture constantly, gave extra time to work on assignments instead of having extra homework. They also loved my XP Power ups (they still do). Yet something was still missing. Continue reading “Teaching your Way”
The other day I said I was going to start remodeling my office to be more inviting to students and staff alike. While I planned on doing this slowly over the next few weeks. As they say, time waits for no man and I ended up getting an earlier start due to an accident occurring during some regular checks, such as my entire shelf collapsing (don’t worry, I’m OK). So, after a few hours of moving, cataloging, archiving and a few other things here is the start to my remodel.
As we wrap up, I is for Innovation, I thought I would leave things with some innovative tools you can get for your classroom and some ways you can use them. Perler Beads: We know this would be my first pick. I have really gotten into using Perler Beads with my teachers and students as our way of having our own 3D Printer. We currently do not have the funds to get the emerging technology in schools. While my nieces and peers have access to one at their schools. I stumbled on using Perler Beads due to health advice from … Continue reading Innovative Tools in the Classroom
So, how do you start building? Years ago, around third grade, my teacher wrote us a letter and ironically enough, my professor (last night) did this exact same activity. The teacher letter is similar to the introduction letter most teachers write at the beginning of the school year. The teacher letter is designed as a basic assessment of students. It can start both students and teachers on the same level. The letter is pretty basic, the teacher writes about themselves to the students. Talk about who they are, what they like, what they don’t like and in turn the student writes a letter back. This has become a great activity with in the digital age using everything from Google Docs to Livebinders for students to respond. A simple letter back to the teacher gives the teacher an insight into their students before the school year starts. However, a few years ago, I did something a bit different, I wrote a letter to the classroom or my office since I didn’t have a classroom of my own. That’s right, I wrote a letter to the room. It went like this:
For a few months, I have been promoting the Kickstarter for my next book, Small Hope using various videos, puppet/greenscreen shows, posters, ect. Just last week, I had a few of my 4th and 5th graders during Genius Hour starting to feel frustrated with some of their creations. They were stuttering, having a few editing mistakes or feeling like they weren’t getting anywhere with their projects. Yesterday, I decided to string together my various trailers and promotions for Small Hope and I showed them during the first ten minutes of Genius Hour. I told them to critique me. They looked … Continue reading Giving Big Hope with Small Hope during Genius Hour