35 students in a class. 70 standards to teach. 180 days of school. Teaching is about so much more than the numbers, but the numbers can tell a powerful story.
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.
Encouraging Students to Develop 21st Century Skills Posted by Erin Whalen Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D., is an amazing educator with a terrific blog. Her post on the skills students need today is a quick, easy read and asks great questions to help teachers assess themselves. As listed in the graphic above, skills such as grit, curiosity, and vision are necessary for… Read More »Are You Fostering 21st Century Skills asks @jackiegerstein
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
How To Sketchnote: A Step-By-Step Manual for Teachers and Students by Sylvia Duckworth Reviewed by Erin Whalen The perfect combination of pedagogy and practice, Sylvia’s new book begins with an overview of why doodling is not just okay, it’s beneficial to the learning process. Sylvia then shares ideas and instructions on sketching – LOTS of them! The book also offers… Read More »Doodling Matters – and it Makes a Difference!
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
Fostering a Creative Culture in the Classroom, Part 2 of 2 Guest Blog Post by Amy Burvall Continued from part one where Amy shared the importance of creativity in the classroom and her idea for Wonder Walls. Metaphors are arguably one of the greatest communication tools humans have. And while they serve to make the complex comprehensible by using comparison with… Read More »If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture, Part Two by @amyburvall
Fostering a Creative Culture in the Classroom, Part 1 of 2 Guest Blog Post by Amy Burvall What is the most creative thing you’ve ever done with students? Did it involve supplies commandeered from the art room, a lot of mess, and way too much time away from learning the curriculum? There’s a lot of talk about how great creativity… Read More »If These Walls Could Talk: 3 Ideas For a Creative Classroom Culture by @amyburvall
Word sorts in Google Slides substitute the task. There is no improvement of the task.
Collaborate with Google Slides When moving to digital tools it is a mindset shift. Our first question should not be “how do I take all my stuff I have and put it online?” Instead, “How do I have more dynamic interactions with my students?” “How will we collaborate?” “How can I give feedback faster?” “How can I change the task… Read More »Google Slides: Collaborate in 40 Seconds
Lisa Nyberg teaches with me at Fresno State University. I have always been impressed with her knowledge and passion. I enjoy learning from her about questioning strategies. As we know, asking questions can be a powerful teaching strategy. I had not really thought about the different types of questions and how to really leverage them for student growth. Learning the… Read More »The Power of Questioning: Guiding Student Investigations
Switching to a student-centered classroom is not easy. Most likely it is not how you were taught. When trying new things, do not jump in the deep end. Try some small things to get you closer to a student-centered classroom. 5 Quick Wins By Shaelynn Farnsworth 5 quick wins that don’t cost a lot of money and can be implemented… Read More »5 Quick Wins for a Student Centered Classroom by @shfarnsworth
Teaching in 2015 should not look like teaching in 1980. One shift we are looking at when doing modern lesson plans is the level of complexity of the tasks students are doing. Depth of Knowledge (DOK) refers to the level of critical thinking the STUDENT is doing. When looking at lesson plans and tasks it is important to consider the DOK… Read More »Note Taking is DOK 0
I have really enjoyed chatting with teachers on Twitter lately about DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels. Part of what I teach in my college class to pre-service teachers is DOK levels. We have been tweeting out our learning objectives and discussing what DOK level it is. Sometimes it is really clear what the DOK level is. Learning Objective: Memorize math… Read More »#DOKchat – DOK is Hard Let’s Talk About It
If your classroom starts with the students waiting for the teacher to talk…. this is not a redefined classroom. SAMR The SAMR model is a guide for including technology. It does not tell teachers how to include technology, but rather to get them thinking about how technology can transform the task. S = Substitution – Same Task A = Augmentation… Read More »The Redefined Classroom – A Little SAMR