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.
“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.
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.
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.
How I Eliminated (Almost) All Grading Problems in my Classroom– Terry Heick offers some interesting tips.
How to Get Students to Stay Seated and Quiet in Time-Out– One of my goals this year is to tweak and tighten my classroom management. Michael Linsin offers some ideas about effective time-out time.
I Am Not Trending, and Neither are My Interests– Sam Patterson works with puppets with his 1st/2nd graders…But he seems alone and he reflects on his interests, even when no one shares them.
How to Set Up a Simple, Effective Classroom Management Plan– Michael Linsin shares his 4 class rules and consequences
3 Promises For the First Day of School– Good things to try and live up to for our students
Have a good week.
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.
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.
How to Handle Students Who Give You Attitude– If you want some great classroom management tips, Michael Linsin’s site is fantastic. He has a weekly post that helps new (and seasoned teachers) with some ideas. This week, Linsin suggests that when students sigh or roll their eyes, it is not always personal.
More Innovation= Less Classroom Management Issues– I have been seeing this when I have a project that is interesting to the kids. “Strangely”, if kids are engaged, they are less likely to act out. Not always, but mostly less likely.
Teachers Who Have Stopped Assigning Homework– Alfie Kohn…Teachers share their HW stories (or lack of)
The Power of Praise– Spencer Kagan offers some brain-based reasons praise is good, what it looks like and what it doesn’t look like.
Happy Wednesday folks.
Did I mention I will be going to CUE 2017 tomorrow? 🙂
Alright, so I am going to try and post a few pieces about technology. However, my schedule will be getting a little crazy the next couple months, so I will probably not be doing that as regularly.
That said, I named the post CUEsday because I will be going to the CUE conference in March and it is largely about being creative and using technology in the classroom. Needless to say, I am pretty excited. So, in that spirit I am hoping to share some of the technology I am currently using or that seem to have a useful feature to possibly add to our classroom toolbox.
The app/website I will be looking at today is Remind. First off- It’s free!!
What is it?
- Remind is basically a way to communicate with parents, all or just a few, in a simple way WITHOUT giving out your phone number. Some people are not too weird about that, and most times it would be okay, but I just try not to.
What is it like?
- If you have used Class Dojo’s (CD) messenger; it is similar. I don’t use CD as much, so I mostly use this.
- Send text messages to every parent who signed up–all at once.
- Set office hours
- Parents can message teacher–and all message threads are saved. (A good documentation piece)
- Attachments- Could be used to attach homework or school announcement
- Parents can receive text alerts or email alerts. Most people have one or the other.
- The hardest part is getting ALL parents on board. I usually try to get them all signed up at Parent Conferences, though some slip through. After some wrangling, coercion, begging and bombardment of parent slips reminding them to sign up, I have most parents signed up.
- That’s about it. It is very easy to use, if you can send a text, or email, YOU can do this!
Use it…or don’t. Plus, with Parent conferences coming up, this would be a great time to make sure everyone is signed up by the time they leave. Plus, if it doesn’t work for you, there are only a few months left. 🙂
If you have any questions about this app or others you would like to see, let me know in the comments.