Wednesday Links 7-19-17

25 Classroom Management Myths to Ponder This Summer– Just what it sounds like. 🙂 Michael Linsin just offers a list of myths.

7 Things That Happen When Students Own Their Learning– John Spencer at Creative Classroom is a new favorite of mine.

Wrong: Google Doc–Instead: Google Forms–5 Tips Alice Keeler offers some tips for using Forms

Why Effective Practice is Just as Important as the Hours of Practice– Be more effective.

Links 7-9-17

Sorry it has been awhile. It is summer break. Plus, my room with the computer is about 10 degrees warmer than the rest of the warm house. 🙂

Touchscreen Chromebooks: The iPad Killers in Schools?– Whether or not, they kill them, this is a big move to give them a run for the money.

The Simplest Way to Stop Feeling Overscheduled and Overwhelmed– Angela Watson offers some helpful tips.

To Engage Students and Teachers, Treat Core Subjects Like Extracurricular– Why save the fun activities for fun classes?

4 Games to Spark Empathy-Building in the Classroom– Using tech for relationships.

How to Stop Wasting Time and Attention on Difficult Students– Easier said than done, but Michael Linsin always offers some bite size chunks for strengthening your class management skills.

Links- 6/15/17

Seven Ways to Help Students Develop a Growth Mindset– John Spencer is becoming a favorite to listen and read. Great stuff on creativity and empowering our students.

Two Simple Question to Ask at the End of the Day– George Couros suggests some great reflection questions.

You Are Not a Number– Another from George Couros- Challenging the way we look at numbers and data.

Let Paperslide Into Your Class– This is a fun way to illustrate content.

No Such Thing as a Math Person– NY Times piece discussing the idea of Growth Mindset within a math setting. EVERYONE can grow, even in math.


Links- 6-11-17

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences– Great look at the different styles of Unconferences AKA EdCamps.

The Impact of Awards– George Couros questions the connection between trying to have our students understand they are all special and have different gifts and the awards we give them…which sort of say, no, they’re not.

Four Teaching Moves that Promote a Growth Mindset in all Readers– Just what it sounds like. 🙂

Remixing Traditional Lessons with Tech-“They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from a little bit of tech fairy dust. Many times, it doesn’t change the overall learning experience much — and sometimes detracts from it.”

Googled Drawings Manifesto for Teachers– Some tips and tricks on how to use it and how to get students using it.

Friday Links- George and Matt Edition

Two Things All Parents Need to Know From Their Schools– George Couros suggests it is about safety and opportunity for success.

5 Great Non-Education Books That Might Change Your Thinking on Teaching and Learning– George Couros shares a couple book ideas.

3 Ways Schools Condition Students– George Couros writes that we condition our students using grades, awards, and compliance. Is there a better idea?

12 Great Ways to Grow as an Educator This Summer– Great post from Matt Miller

5 Ways to Get Back to Solid Teaching and Learning– Another great post from Matt Miller suggesting that we get back to good teaching and let technology support it…and other ideas.


Wednesday Links

Teach them HOW at the end of the year– “This is a time of year when students are watching how we do our jobs as much as what we teach.”

4 Surprising Truths About the Creative Journey– Another good post from John Spencer about creativity.

CUE 2017 Keynote in Sketchnote Form– This is a fun way to take notes that creates little sketches instead of just a bunch of words.

Keynote in Video from CUE 2017- If you have time, this will challenge your mathematical thinking…in a good way.


What Can We Do With Fidget Spinners?

There seem to be nothing more despised in the schools today than Fidget Spinners. Frankly, they have not been a problem for me, in my class.

My general position on most tools is this: If you are using it as a tool, great. When it becomes a toy and a problem for someone else, we have made it a different issue. This should be nothing extraordinary…most teachers have similar policies…But, man, some folks don’t. like. them. at. all.

As I have been reading fidget-spinner-meme-1about them, I have seen a cool approach from others. Why not take something that students are already completely enthralled with and use that to create some lessons around it.

In other words, let’s make school…umm, how do I say this…interesting and fun?

I tried this the other day. “Should Fidget Spinners be allowed in school? Explain your answer. I had students write a letter trying to persuade our principal of their position. They have never been so excited about writing. They are still showing me whether or not they have writing skills, AND they were actually buzzing about it!

Why Not? So, for those still hating them. Turn it into a cool learning opportunity. Besides: the good news with fads…They will probably be gone by the time school is out…Only to be replaced by something new. 🙂

Here are some articles talking about it. The first one has some clever ideas on how to use them in class.

Those Darn Spinners Will Be the End of Me

Fad for Fidgety Fingers

Wednesday Links


Getting Past the Attention-Span Myth– John Spencer has some great posts on creativity and how our students, given the right circumstances, can actually focus longer than we think.

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ Creative Remixes of Standard Class Supplies– Matt Miller collected some thoughts from his Twitter followers. Fun ideas.

Creating a Guided Reading Schedule That Works– A post about several possibilities for a GR schedule.

8 Things I Learned My First Year of Project Based Learning– Quick read.

Happy Wednesday!