1. Snow Day Community Builder Bingo I was recently at a professional development day for teacher leaders where we participated in a bingo card as a community builder. Many of the squares were more specific to adults, so I adjusted it a tiny bit and made one for my class. Here it is! 2.... Continue Reading →
Have you wondered why some kids just seem to follow the rules and some kids just...don’t? You know those kids that really avoid doing something, that even seem to spitefully disobey you. Don’t take it personally. It’s just their tendency, but you can work with it. Instead of getting frustrated with those kids that seem to do everything except please you, you can learn to harness their strengths.
It doesn’t take a lot of work to bring summer camp into the classroom. It just takes the willingness to have some fun. After all, what could be better than an environment where students feel like they belong, have fun, and feel significant?
Here I'll share 12 games of varying challenge levels - variations on traditional games like Four Corners and Simon Says, discussion techniques, and Improv style games from theatre! Enjoy!
Are you thinking about writing a grant to get iPads for your classroom or school? Maybe my draft will help you in that endeavor or give you some new ideas on how iPads can be used in the classroom.
I know, thinking and understanding is a huge topic. It's not even a topic; it's the whole goal of education. What I want to share today is something that totally revolutionized my teaching: Project Zero. If you're already familiar with Project Zero from Harvard, awesome! I'm so excited, and I hope you love thinking routines... Continue Reading →
The other day, I was talking on the phone to my roommate. "This kid just will not stop doing _______," I whine. I sigh, frustrated, that it should just stop. "They won't listen," I appeal to her empathy, hoping that she'll just hear me out and commiserate with me. Instead, without fail, she asks, "What... Continue Reading →