If you are like me or other educators, you know that classroom management can some days be a struggle. No matter how many years you have been teaching or administrating, it just seems that there can be a lost in the classroom when it comes to work stations or behavior. As many of us know, there has been quite the influx of Elf on Shelf and even Mensch on a Bench. The basic concept for the characters is they appear in a different spot each day and children can’t touch or move them. The idea came to me late last year with my own son during Elf on a Shelf. We had our Elf showing up in areas that he had a problem of getting into. Our Elf (Elfy) would show up in spots around the house where he shouldn’t be doing, it worked great. Continue reading “The Classroom Friend”
Greetings from a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. First of all, a major thank you to all the donors who helped my school get their 3D printer filled up with filament and Perler Beads for our students. This will go such a long way in really transforming their learning and for my teachers to have amazing creativity with their lessons. While the Force is strong with our school right now, a great set of lessons came to me while watching Rogue One the other day that you can use with coding and everything from Ozobots to LEGO We Do 2.0.
With the Holidays here, I thought I would show off some great coding lessons and projects you can do with your students before the long winter break. Tickle Code for the Holidays A great Sphero Edu project from Ms. … Continue reading A Coding Christmas
I take a trip back in time to review Peter Parker:Spider-man #33 by Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham. The book has special meaning to me as it reminds of my relationship with my grandfather and why I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Continue reading A Special Review of Spider-Man and Baseball
Usually on November 1st, many are saying goodbye October, Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is coming up and fall weather is slowly turning towards colder days. However, About one percent of Americans have some form of epilepsy, and nearly four percent (1 in 26) will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Epilepsy has touched my life since I was young, my grandfather had Epilepsy and my wife has had it since she was six and I have many friends who deal with it on a regular basis. Every year, 1 in 150 people who have uncontrolled seizures dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, known as SUDEP. When people with epilepsy and their caregivers are empowered with information to understand SUDEP, they can take action to reduce risk of harm.
This past week, I was wrapping up my next to last ELA class I need for my new state license and one of the activities we went over was how you hide a penny in the classroom and you have to design a map to find it. The next step is the student creates their own map and hides the penny and leaves it so another student kind find it based on the map they create. Since everyone is a different type of learner, everyone’s map will look different and will be done in a different way to find the missing penny. I of course thought up of a few ways you could do this in your classroom.
The last few days I have been working on a set of images using Adobe Draw on my iPad. Taking a note from Tony Vincent‘s making your own Clipart and from Quinn Rollins Play like a Pirate I decided to combine them along with Julie Smith’s Master the Media and some of Michael Matera’s eXPlore like a Pirate. (Yes, I made these first for a reason).
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been using Bitmoji in my lessons with my students a bit more. The one thing I love about Bitmoji just like emojis is the wide range you can use them for. However, the last few days I have been using Bitmoji with Google Drawings for some very effective lessons and come up with some great ideas along the way. If you have read my previous posts about using Play like a Pirate by Quinn Rollins you know I have been using both is LEGO and create your own action figures to heart. I … Continue reading Bitmoji and Google Drawings
Bitmoji is a avatar creation resource that can be used from messenger to gmail. Hard to believe it’s been almost three and a half years since I discovered Bitstrips, which was the predecessor to Bitmoji. A firm believer with Comics in the Classroom, I use to use Bitstrips for several of my posters, presentations and even my facebook status. Since 2013, they have grown into a widely use creation tool that are now being used by teachers and students much like emojis or stickers. Here are a few ideas on how to use them in your classroom.
Back in 2014, I read the book: What’s Under your Cape by Barbara Gruener. A fantastic book about student empathy any and Student Character of the Superhero Kind. I have used the book many times since reading it and I was able to use it great with my STEAM class this week. Using Seesaw, I had students take pictures of teachers and turn them into superheroes. Asking them to show what their super powers were and there were some great results. I then had students do the same to their classmates and using their iPads and some amazing innovation, created … Continue reading What’s Under your Cape with Seesaw