Monday Morning Humor- Christmas Break is Soon



Friday Links- 12-8-17

How to Keep Your Students Cam and Focused This Holiday Season– I need all the help I can get. 🙂

Creating Moveable Digital Activities with Google Drawings + Slides- Could be good for classification and sorting

Only Schools Can End Schools ” But we can just never become complacent with “what was” or we could lose our opportunity at “what could have been.”” George Couros

Reader’s Workshop Series- Balancing Accountability and Choice– I like the idea of having students blog their book recommendations

Wednesday Links 11-29-17

Creating Readers Part 1- Donalyn Miller AKA The Book Whisperer shares some secrets to create readers.

Creating Readers Part 2– Donalyn shares some more tips, especially for boys and those who say they have no interests.

6 Do’s When It Comes to Homework– Brandon Blom shares what he learned through having a schoolwide discussion on homework and his own research on the subject. A great look at the issue.

6 Don’t When It Comes to Homework– Brandon Blom offers some don’t on the subject. Another good read.

Have a good week.


Wednesday Links- 11-8-17 (Superpower Edition)

This week has some great articles and blog posts. Some of them are having an effect on how I am teaching and viewing my art. This is not meant to shame anyone still doing these things, but I hope they cause you to pause and consider what is good for the students. It may not always be what we have been doing all along. Just like we want our students to learn and grow, so should we. We should be the lead learner in our classroom.

Fluency Without Fear: Research Evidence on the Best Ways to Learn Math Facts By and large, Jo Boaler has been the biggest influence for me this year as it relates to math instruction. Great research-based look.

10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students– Growth mindset is another huge component that I try to work into my students. Do you want to help students persevere, not give up and be less afraid to make mistakes and learn? Growth mindset can help.

The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers– Pernille Ripp is another who has been challenging the way I encourage my students to read. Hint: It is not about AR Tests. 🙂 Check out this post and her blog. It is amazing.

Dear STAR Test, We Need to Talk– Another good post from Pernille. (We are on a first name basis now 🙂 )

The Book Whisperer Answers Question about Teaching Reading– Donalynn Miller (AKA The Book Whisperer) encourages us to move beyond our normal tracking of books and challenges us to get a little messy and have conversations with our kids. The blog post does not have a lot, but I feel I need to give a shout out to her because she offers some refreshing thoughts about reading.

Please enjoy. Be challenged. Try something a little different. Innovate like a turtle.


Wednesday Links- 10/25/17

Here are the links for today. A good video describing how to teach number sense, and it may not be what you think.

How to Implement Number Sense and Still Teach Your Curriculum– Great for PreK-2, but has more application, especially if students don’t have number flexibility.

New Features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot- Matt Miller looks at some updates

10 Digital Bell-Ringer Activities to Kickstart Class-Part 1– Some ideas to start class

Two Things That All Parents Want for Their Children– Another good post by George Couros

How to Assign Challenges Instead of Math Homework John Stevens discusses a good idea for homework