I reflect on my Five for Five Challenge on Making Learning Magical and bringing Enthusiasm and Listening to the classroom. Continue reading Five for Five Challenge Day 5 and Reflection
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”
I hope everyone is kicking off the end of July on a great note as for me, I’m winding down my Summer Reading. Yes, soon I will be returning to my classroom, building the Pixel Classroom on a more full time basis and welcoming in new and old students alike. So, to wrap up my Summer Reading, I am reading Run like a Pirate by Adam Welcome. However, instead of the usual booksnaps and tweets and blog review, I’m going to do a daily review. You heard it right, daily. How am I doing this pray tell? Continue reading “My Run like a Pirate Review and Goals Plan”
As many of you know, I am currently on my summer reading. I’m reading a lot (I’m on book 9) of incredible teacher books. Ranging from individual authors to of course the Dave Burgess Consulting Inc and IM Press print. Late last week, Be Real by Tara Martin arrived. If the name sounds familar, Tara is the founder of #Booksnaps. Booksnaps if you are wondering in Tara’s own words: “Documenting our key takeaways and creating this visual digital representation of our thoughts between face-to-face meetings. Then, add them to our “Snap Story” for daily viewing.” I have to admit, I have been Booksnapping a lot since that article came out. I was someone who really did not see the point of Snap Chat. Seriously, I had students coming to my office asking for help with the App a couple of years ago and I was going: “Seriously? Instagram is so much better.” Then I switched school and several of my co-workers were using it for various filters and video. So, I jumped on board, but it was Tara who really showed me the great use for using Snap Chat in education (sorry Maggie Cox). That was what Tara did, she taught many of us a “real” way to use Snapchat in education and that’s where my review of Be Real comes in.
Summer is here, like many educators, we look at the days of the 3 other Rs: Refuel, Recharge, and Read. Summer was always a time of reading for me, back to the day where I would sit on the front porch in summer reading comic books or the latest novel that caught my interest. In the Summer of 2014, something drastic happened, as many of you know as the school year came to a close in 2014 I was feeling burned out. I wasn’t feeling very motivated, I was more of an administrator than teacher and I would go into my office and just look at my screen after finishing paper work and go: “Now what?” However, it was that Spring I discovered Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and things completely changed. I found a re-ignition of passion and began buying every book that would be released by Dave Burgess Consulting Inc and they became my constant PD books during the summer. In the past two months thanks to Dave and Shelly Burgess, Jay Billy, Wendy Hankins and some well timed Amazon Gift Cards. I started my Summer of 2018 reading list in early May of a whopping 8 books. I’m here to give a brief review of them, what I found amazing about each one and a little sneak peak at home I’m using them in the classroom this upcoming school year as I begin building the Classroom of Pixels (#PixelClassroom).
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
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.