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

Wednesday Links- 10-18-17

Here are some new links to check out.

One of the Worst Classroom Management Strategies– Michael Linsin suggests this is not his favorite. 🙂

How To Handle Who Questions You With Disrespect-  Linsin offers a simple response. Maybe it will work for you.

How to Help your Students Choose a Growth Mindset– Some practical ideas to help.

**COmputer was acting up this morning. You only get these 3. Sorry. 🙂


Friday- Quick Links 10-13-17

For my Quick links, I will just be sharing posts without a description. I will only put posts where the title makes sense for what it’s about.

10 Ways To Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This Year

How To Handle Unfair Criticism and Turn it to Your Advantage

How a School Ditched Awards and Assemblies to Refocus on Kids and Learning

Wednesday Links 10-11-17

It’s been a busy couple weeks, mostly with parent conferences, but just life in general.

From Reluctant to Engaged: 4 Secrets to End Fake Reading– I loved the title, plus the post has some good ideas.

10 Great Ideas From Ditch That Conference– I like direct, to the point titles. 🙂 (I’ve already tried the Chair Challenge.

On the Need for Getting Rid of Homework– “It, therefore, sounds incredibly simplistic, and I do not mean it as condescending, but limiting or completely getting rid of homework really does come to down to us; to how we spend our time in class, to how much we stop talking, to how we do not waste any time, to how we look at our curriculum as learning explorations and not stand-alone projects.” Pernelle Ripp

What We Ask of Our Students and What We Do– Something to think about. I don’t know that will all apply to primary grades as we are still teaching responsibility and such but interesting thought, nonetheless.

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching– Some are simple and others are interesting, if not a little intimidating.

Check ’em out or Don’t. 🙂


Wednesday Links- 9-27-17

I’m tired, physically and emotionally. But here you go. 🙂

You are in The Miracle Business- The Best Business– Ditch That Textbook looks at a talk given by Ken Burns on ways we may need to change, as a school system.

Intent vs. Impact– “Wanting” is not good enough on it’s own; the impact of our actions are how progress is always measured.

How to Keep From Giving Up on Apathetic Students– It can be frustrating; hopefully this will help.

Google’s Buried Treasure: 18 Hidden Tricks and Tools– I like lists and tips/tricks. 🙂

The Vulnerability of Learning– ” It is easy to criticize others and point out their flaws, but are we willing to look inward and be critical of our own work?” George Couros

“Teachers who are tired, worn out, and exhausted are most likely making a bigger difference than they will ever know.”