Author and Educator, Alexes Terry uses her personal story to illustrate the power of building relationships with students to meet their deep social, emotional, cultural, and learning needs.
Everyone matters. We each make an impact on this world.
Working together makes our task feel less difficult as we work for the same goal.
And if we do our jobs well, we will be together to pick up the pieces when it’s over.
Extra Credit Only Feeds The Rich Guest blog post by John Stevens Think about it… Who asks for extra credit? Who comes running up to the front of the classroom as soon as a project is assigned, asking what they can do to get extra points? Who is eagerly awaiting the explanation of the rubric wherein the creativity points get… Read More »Extra Credit Only Feeds The Rich by @jstevens009
Math Recess: Play to Increase Thinking Mathematically Guest blog post by Dr. Chris Brownell Have you ever played the 50 game with students? This is the game where you challenge students to beat you at a game of removing numbers from 50 until such time that the person who has to take the last number away wins. The one rule… Read More »Math Recess: Thinking Mathematically
Have OER and Open Up Resources on Your Radar Guest Blog post by Shaelynn Farnsworth OER or Open Education Resources has been around for over 20 years. Previously, OER was more prominent in higher-ed, but awareness of OER continues to grow across the nation in PreK-12 settings. It was during an EdCamp four years ago when I first learned of… Read More »5 Reasons to have OER and Open Up Resources on Your Radar
A Guest Post by Barton Keeler I am not an expert in close reading but have tried a variety of methods and approaches. What I discovered is that when I have a great essential question everything goes well – kids are engaged, they’re diving deep and thinking creatively. In fact, if my question is good enough I don’t need much… Read More »The Key to Close Reading
You Are More Thank You Think You Are A Guest Post by Brock Heasley I’m a writer, but for most of my life I didn’t know that. Drawing Not Writing Back in high school, writing was an academic exercise at best, a vehicle for whatever B.S. I needed to create to fill out the required page count and get the… Read More »The Paper Bag Mask – An Interesting Path to Success
Make Your Own Stickers A Guest Post by Sonya Schkabla With only a few minutes and some sticker labels, you can create stickers to share with your students featuring your own Bitmoji. Order Labels The first step is to get your labels. I used Avery 22805 sticker paper labels. They are 1.5 inch squares and come 24 to a sheet.… Read More »Bitmoji Stickers for the Win!
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers A Guest Post by Erin Whalen At this time of year, resolutions are a topic of conversation almost everywhere you go. Here are five recommendations of worthwhile resolutions for teachers. Whether you choose one or choose them all, be realistic and take on a goal or goals that you can commit to and stick… Read More »Top 5 Resolutions for Teachers in 2019
Spice It Up for the Holidays! A Guest Post by Marcia Carrillo I’m talking about roasted jalapenos and tomatoes blended into a delicious, homemade chili sauce, simmering with chicken and served with rice and beans. That’s what’s I made for the Keeler family for dinner. Alice Keeler often mentions in her workshops that “…homework is NOT more important than family dinner…”.Of… Read More »Put a Little Spice in Your Holidays
All We Want for Christmas – A Teachers’ Top Ten List Compiled by Erin Whalen Contemplating a Christmas gift for your child’s teacher? You don’t need a crystal ball. Here is a top ten list, as suggested by teachers, of holiday wish list items. Happy shopping! 10. Personalized Items – A notepad that says “From the desk of…”, a nice… Read More »Teachers’ Top Ten – Christmas Gifts We Want!
Doodling as Visual Note-Taking A Guest Post by Sylvia Duckworth Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, has so many benefits for students. Many studies have proven that images are considerably more effective than words when it comes to memory retention, comprehension and motivation. There are psychological benefits as well, because sketchnoting has a calming effect similar to meditation and listening to soothing… Read More »5 Ways to Create a Doodling Culture in Your Classroom by @sylviaduckworth
Going back to school with 1:1 Guest blog post by Jen Roberts Next week I start another new school year, my 23rd actually. For the last ten new school years I’ve had 1:1 laptops in my classroom. In the current version those are Chromebooks. I thought it was time for a post about the things I do specifically to prepare… Read More »Going back to school with 1:1 by @jenroberts1
Ditch That Quiz with Pear Deck Guest Blog post by Mike Mohammad In their book, Ditch That Homework, Alice Keeler and Matt Miller call for a shift in what work in the classroom looks like in order to eliminate the need for students to do the traditional homework that leaves students spending hours mindlessly practicing rote skills or clueless as… Read More »Ditch That Quiz with Pear Deck by @mo_physics
Helping Students Improve Their Graphic Design Skills A Guest Blog Post by Jennifer Scott Students can create in Google Slides, but this does not mean the presentation looks good. All too often the presentation has too much writing, the content looks randomly placed, and the colors and fonts choices make the text hard to read. Still, we smile with pride… Read More »Graphic Design in Google Slides by @jentechnology