Social media matters. It has become ubiquitous among users of all ages. So it matters not just for you personally, but for your school. It is important to have an active, engaging social media presence for your school. This helps to build the school’s brand or image, and also to disseminate accurate information about your … Continue reading Social Media and Why it Matters for your School
YouTube. YouTube has so many great videos and channels and producers of quality educational content. I’ve mentioned several here, but today I’d like to share with you one great example, and that is the YouTube channel “Nerdy Nummies”. Here is one sample video of what this author-creator showcases on her channel: This channel as you … Continue reading One website I (and my class) can’t live without
I’m something of a minimalist, and thus, paperwork from class is not something I like to have a lot of. Disorganization breeds confusion, and the more “things” we’re talking about, means the more potential for mess and error. When it comes to organizing and keeping track of student work, here are a couple of my … Continue reading Keep yourself (and your classroom) organized with these two tips
Tell about a favorite book to share or teach. Provide at least one example of an extension or cross curricular lesson. When teaching students for whom English is a second language, it can be helpful to get them reading (if reading is their thing). Either reading aloud, or reading for pleasure on their own time. … Continue reading Catering to adult ESL learners
As discussed yesterday, badges and micro-credentialing offers distinct opportunities within education to allow learners flexibility and portability as they seek to transfer their knowledge and skills once gained. These badges or micro-credentials can be a valuable part of the learning journey, both in higher education and in K-12. In all levels of education, badges and … Continue reading Badging & Micro Credentials as PD
We all know kids (and adults!) learn best by experience. Which is the perfect reason to take kids on a summer vacation. We can all learn valuable skills from planning and taking a trip: How to pack and prepare - have kids take a look at the local weather in the places you’ll be going, … Continue reading What Kids can Learn from Travel
What better way to spark learning and curiosity than by providing the kiddos with fun, hands-on learning experiences this summer? A family vacation is always fun, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or require endless hours in the car. Trips can be local, or you can even find ways to keep kids learning right … Continue reading Keep Learning all Summer Long
As students take more responsibility for their own learning and success, it empowers them. I recently read this article about keeping students accountable for having done their work by requiring them to use class time to email their parents letting them know that they hadn't been able to complete the homework, and why. This provides a great … Continue reading #WednesdayWisdom – Let Students Take Responsibility
Class blogs are a great resource and a great tool for teachers to save time and stress, and help students as well. One great way to enhance student learning is to put students in the driver’s seat. Show them just enough to get them started, and get them writing, posting, and sharing. One way I … Continue reading Discover the World – Then Blog About it!
As previously discussed, class blogs can be of great use in engaging students, and fueling their success in and out of the classroom. I personally first started using a class blog in 2014 with my Geography students. I had already tried several blogging platforms for personal use, such as Tumblr, Blogger, and LiveJournal, but while … Continue reading Class Blogs: How do I get started?