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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.”
“One” is Not Enough– George Couros suggests that we not just be classroom teachers, but school teachers because our students need more than one adult to let them know we care.
10 Things That Will Help You With Teaching Difficult Students– !0 tips for dealing with the difficult students.
Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math– Jo Boaler explains why fingers can help with numeracy and maths understanding.
On the “Real World”– I love the quote that we are not preparing students for something but helping students prepare themselves for anything.
How Video Games Can Help Students in Class– Good post from Ditch That Textbook
Have a great week.
Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This” Great infographic on helping students
Today’s Teaching Should Be About Flexible Teaching- Not Furniture Good look at flexible seating.
I’m Not That Good with Technology and You Probably Aren’t Either George Couros reflects on the idea that when we learn more, we start to realize how little we know.
Before You Buy That Discarded Rocket Ship Seat- Cautions about Flexible Seating– The author shares some of her early mistakes.
Back-To-School: Guided Discovery– I love the idea of starting super basic with procedures about classroom items. I modified this a little for my class. Procedures: do them right or do them all year…as Fred Jones says.
What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?– What are you using?
Alternative Classroom Seating– Trendy Teacher answers some common questions about flexible seating.
5 Useful Productivity Tips for Busy Teachers– Just what it says. 🙂
Bringing Classroom Rules to Life– I have been learning more about Responsive Classroom. It seems like it has some cool ideas, but it requires some reflection and challenge to the way ‘we’ve always done it’.
8 Strategies for Reducing Your Reliance on Homework– Matt Miller and Alice Keeler have a new book called Ditch That Homework. The cool thing about the idea is not just not doing homework, but how to be more effective in the classroom. I know I can always improve in this area.
3 Common First Day-of-School Mistakes– Good tips, even though it may not be the first day of school anymore.
3 Ways to Use Filing Cabinets When You’ve Gone Digital– I haven’t gone completely digital, but some fun tips. I like Lists.
George Couros had an interesting post recently about teaching the students until they mastered a subject/topic instead of them just working for a grade. A good conversation to be having. Certainly requires a change in thinking that goes against, in some ways, “how we’ve always done it”.
Design Thinking with Puppets– Sam Patterson has a cool set of videos he uses to help kids use design thinking to a specific audience…using puppets.
Gamification in the 5th Grade Classroom– This is pretty cool. A little out of my current time constraints, but I think it is a fun way to help kids. I love that homework is called a Side Quest and Tests are Epic Quests.
Progression Videos- Graham Fletcher– Fletcher has a series of videos that deal with the progression of learning for a variety of math topics. I haven’t watched them all yet, but could be useful.
Think Inside the Box- The Power of Creative Constraint– John Spencer offers a powerful look at innovation. We do not always (or often) have the ability as teachers/workers/students to simply think outside the box. We usually have constraints on us that cause some issues. But we can still be innovative…inside the box.
I start school next week and I look forward to the new year with a little anxiety, nervousness and an anticipation that wants to get started with my new group of 2nd grade kiddos. Happy Friday!
How a One-Second Strategy Can Motivate Your New Class– A fun thing to try. Learn Like a Champion!
The Only Classroom Rules You’ll Ever Need– Make it simple
Should Your First Consequence Be a Warning– Just what it sounds like. 🙂
10 Ways To Make Time-Out More Effective– Good ideas
Why a Letter Home Is and Effective Consequence My difficulty would be to remain consistent with the follow through.
I am looking at tweaking my classroom management this year, so I am reading up on it and I’m trying to do some last minute ideas before I work it into what works for me. Hopefully this helps someone else as well.