Day 3 of my Five for Five Challenge of Making Learning Magical to my students. Today, my classes were booked end with Ditch that Homework by Matt Miller and Alice Keeler and Kids Deserve It by Adam Welcome and Todd Nesloney. Something you think is by the time you get to Day 3 of the Five for Five Challenge you start to get into the groove of things. I learned first hand that is not always the case. Continue reading “Five for Five Challenge Day 3”
Day 2 of my Five for Five Challenge. Today was one of those days that began like any other, I had my early PD meeting in the morning, followed by trying to get a slew of emails and SLOs in before the first bell rang today. As you know, being 9/11, there is a different atmosphere in the air. I remember the day well 17 years ago and while many of my students weren’t born yet. They know the day tends to be off for classrooms on this day. However, it was a day of learning that my students will also not soon forget.
As I mentioned on Saturday, I have taken on the Five for Five Challenge. I’m doing a full #MLMagical week in all of my classes. I’m book ending (pardon the pun) with two books from the Dave Burgess Consulting Inc on each day with a secret on Friday. Today was Day 1, I choose eXplore like a Pirate and The Wild Card. So, what did I do for my first Challenge Day you make ask? Continue reading “Five for Five Challenge Day 1”
I hope the new school year is off to a great start. I am heading into my fourth week of the school year and I’m pretty excited for what I have coming up this week. I’m taking the Five for Five Challenge. The #Five4Five Challenge is an initiative created by fellow educator and author Michael Matera (eXPlore like a Pirate) who encourages others to commit to doing one new-to-you (often creative) endeavor each day for five straight days. This isn’t my first #Five4Five Challenge. I did my first one this past summer when I reviewed Run like a Pirate by Adam Welcome. I reviewed and blogged about Run Like a Pirate each day and how each chapter resonated or challenged me through the reading. I had never at that point ever tried to do something like that before. Sufficient to say, it was truly amazing. I picked up a new level of reading enjoyment and applying the book to not only my classroom, but also my life. The last couple of weeks, I have been trying to figure out what a Five for Five Challenge should be for me this school year and I found the answer right in Kids Deserve It, also by Adam and Todd Nelsoney and a sticker from Tisha Richmond from her upcoming book, Make Learning Magical.
This past week, I completed my first room transformation for the new school year with the Settlers of Catan. Room Transformations aren’t really that new of a concept. I remember way back when my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Larson did a Read by the Fire transformation when our winter book reading project began. It wasn’t nothing crazy, she had a sweater on, had her cup of coffee, made one of our bulletin boards look like a fire place with marshmallows and ready us a few short books that day. She was very encouraging with us to read everything from classics to yes, comics. Earlier this year, The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King was released by DBC Inc Publishing and the Kings are very well known for their room transformations. From having everyone dress up to perform “Sentence Surgery” to STEM balloon racing set up like NASCAR. After reading the book, I set up to make my own room transformations. Such as a Project Runway to teach students proper business attire. Setting up my room to be like an auto office to teach about the different types of insurance and even transforming my 3D printing lesson to look like we were in an 80s Arcade. This year I started my Consumer Education student with the basics of Global Markets and the Barter System. Using the game, Settlers of Catan. My Students LOVED this set up and walked out not only engaged, but talking about what they learned. How did this all happen? Let me explain my set up. Continue reading “Settlers of Catan Classroom Transformation”
Late last year, I was working with my Multimedia students and I really wanted to do something different with their projects. I have always given my students choice with their passion projects, but many were really wanting to start using stickers with their projects. It was then that I remembered a post from my friend, Tony Vincent in the early spring of 2017 on Printing Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides. I had been showing my students how to use Google Slides for more than presentations from creating their own costume posters to creating animated GIFS. They LOVED using Post-Its to create their own brand of stickers. Creating everything inspirational messages to later building Pixel Art with them. It was then that I knew I wanted to take Post-Its Education to a new level in my PIXEL Classroom building project and I didn’t have to look any further than a Nativity Polaroid post-it holder. Continue reading “Post-It Snapshot”
Every year for the last few years, I have written a “Dear Classroom” letter for my upcoming school year. The last couple of years I have been blessed with my own classroom. It’s a great way to reflect on your goals for your classroom in the upcoming school year. Here is this year’s letter: Continue reading “Dear Classroom 2018-2019”
Happy Friday Everyone,
I hope your week has been great. Today I am wrapping up Part 2 and Part 3 of Talk to Me by Kim Bearden. These will be pretty quick reviews of the chapters, but they are important as well. Continue reading “Talk to Me Chapters 16-18 and Part 3 Review”
Continuing Section 2 of Talk to Me Chapter reviews by Kim Bearden. Today, we look at Chapters 11-15. These are short chapters, but pack a very powerful message. Let’s open up our book and jump right in, shall we? Continue reading “Talk to Me Chapters 11-15 Review”
It’s Wednesday and it’s time to jump back into Talk to Me by Kim Bearden. Moving into Part 2 of the book: Applications and Complications. As Kim states that no matter what, complications happen in life. It is important to develop awareness of additional factors that will create obstacles in life. The next few chapters talk about the most common scenarios that can happen and make communication difficult. Continue reading “Talk to Me Chapters 7-10 Review”