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’.
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.
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.