Happy almost Summer Break (my girls’ last day is today…I a little jealous. 🙂
You gotta watch out for this!
An oldie, but a goodie: that dreaded silver medal, strangle a guy, the involuntary luge.
Here is the last post before the new year. I always like to be refreshed for the coming year. It seems like after the Christmas break, it is a downhill race toward the end of the school year. Hopefully these posts will give you some things to think about coming into the next section of the year.
Finding the Time for Independent Reading – Every Day, Every Kid– Pernille Ripp advocates for more independent reading time in the classroom.
Maybe Next Year… Pernille Ripp suggests that, while these students are with us, we try to teach/influence/lead these kiddos instead of ‘just’ hoping that next year’s teacher will fix it. We won’t always succeed, but it is a good thing to strive for.
Kagan on the Carpet- Strategies for Little Ones– Great tips for doing Kagan groups on the carpet.
A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom– A.J. Juliani is one of the go to educators when it comes to PBL and Design Thinking. He always has inspiring posts.
Top 5 Rekenrek Activities- Christina Tondevold is my new favorite for helping build true Number Sense. In this video, she shares some ways to use the Rekenrek.
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
Here is a great video I ran across. It was made during a Christmas break, but still worth 2 minutes of your time, or half that if you watch it faster. 🙂
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!
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.
Here’s a nice palate cleanser. Sorry this week has been busy with club stuff, band stuff, EOY stuff.
This is a great video that shows the potential problems we give to students and the potential good we give just by working to give students every opportunity to learn and soar. May we always strive to be a light in their lives.