This is a great little eBook that Matt Miller (ditchthattextbook.com) compiled by asking folks on Twitter to share their creative uses for our everyday items that we might get from our supply room.
Take some time to check it out.
Living on the wild side.
If you don’t love Bad Lip Reading, I am not sure I can help you. 🙂
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.
“If we want to change how students learn, we must change how teachers learn.” Katie Martin
Sometimes, yes. But I am weird…I am a little excited too. 🙂
Epic fails! If I am being honest, sometimes it is funny to see the failures of others. (Though I can’t recommend some of the images that come up if you Google search for fails.
Most of the time in real life, though, our failures are not fun or funny. At least to us. But sometimes we have to laugh at ourselves, because we are bound to make some mistakes.
I was doing Inside Outside Circle in my class the other day. If you are new to cooperative learning, this is a Kagan Structure that helps kids share information in a different way. I was using it as a classbuilder and explaining each step…and I don’t know how many times I explained the step incorrectly or unclear. Now, a good teacher might have stopped and tried again…Not me this time. I kept digging my hole deeper and deeper into confusion.
I started to get a little frustrated at the kids and what was supposed to be fun activity to have them share with different people in the room ended…not as well. As I reflected on it,I should have stopped the activity, started over or just tried another day.
One of the good things about teaching, that I try to instill in my kids is that we get to start over the next day…again and again.
I started listening to a podcast called My Bad. Each episode has the host or a guest sharing a mistake, or fail, they did. I like the idea because too many times, we feel like we can’t make mistakes and there is sometimes that sense in teaching. Sometimes it is imposed by outside forces, like certain mistakes could cost you your job (or many, many small ones), or what will the kids/parents/administration think about that mistake.
Other times, we carry our pride with us and feel like a mistake will cause the kids/parents/administration to dislike or not respect us.
More often, our mistakes, if handled well, will help others see us as human.
What is a “fail” you are willing to share?
I am Old School this way. It will always be Christmas break to me. 🙂 And considering probably 90% of Americans celebrate this national holiday in some fashion, it seems safe to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays…Besides there were many more funny Christmas break memes. Sorry.