TeacherPop is feeling a little wistful this weekend. On Friday, we detected a hint of fall in the air, and we’re already missing that time it was sweltering and unapologetically summer (Thursday). On the plus side, fall means some pretty amazing things like sweaters, amazing apples, fall foliage, and corn mazes (if you’re into that sort of thing). To celebrate fall peeking its head around the corner, here are a few cracking deals just for you.
Differentiation is the most powerful ways I’ve seen to drive students to success. It can also be a scary task for teachers (novice and veteran alike) who are used to direct, full-class instruction all day e’ry day.
But, as my principal had reminded my team this year, grown-up discomfort is worth it if it drives results for kids. Or, in other words: yes, differentiation can be scary and hard at first, but it is a huge way to build strong learners and build deeper relationships with kids.
Sometimes I would come home from a long day at school and gleefully realize that I barely spoke to another adult all day. Let’s face it: kids are silly, and they know how to have fun! In order to find some joy in the day-to-day grind, bring some silliness into your classroom. It will help your students see you as a person with whom they can relate. Below are five ways to bring silliness into your classroom.
This guest post was contributed by the folks at Chalkup, a free, next-generation learning management system for happy, connected classrooms.
We’re really into ed-tech–especially when it takes classroom learning to the next level, allowing students and teachers to take on projects they just couldn’t do with pencil and paper alone.
This is our standard for what makes a piece of educational technology awesome: is this something that offers a new experience for classes? Are students learning, doing, seeing, feeling, or creating something that they could not otherwise?
We’re honoring these hot, hot August days with an easy, and more importantly, quick protein option for dinner. The beauty of tuna is that it’s a bit fatty, so it’s full of flavor on its own. Additionally, it actually tastes best when it’s barely cooked. That means when you’re in a rush to get a “hot” dinner on the table, tuna might be a good go-to. We buy a huge tuna steak, marinate it, grill it up and then eat it for a few days. It’s super tasty, but not flavorful enough that you can’t eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve eaten it on the side of eggs and avocado for breakfast, on a salad for lunch, and with grilled veggies for dinner. So quick and so easy!
Back-to-school time fills everyone with a sense of optimal possibility and academic urgency. Teachers and students alike are refreshed and ready to set new goals for learning and relationship building. For those making the important and impactful transition from student to teacher for the first time, anticipation can be accompanied by trepidation about additional responsibilities: joining a new group of colleagues, navigating an unfamiliar community, and learning new professional skills and strategies.
Walking into my classroom for the first time, I was excited but totally unsure of what I was supposed to do with it. How was I supposed to arrange the furniture? I probably spent a good 2 hours trying to figure this out. What the heck was I supposed to cover the huge blank bulletin boards and walls with? I am terrible at making posters.
What could be more apropos than an A to Z book list for teachers, right? OK, I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of creatively copying other people’s good ideas. As educators, we can’t do it alone! The blog that inspired this post comes from Aggie Kessler, principal of an international school in Shanghai, China.
The list I’m sharing with you represents books that have informed my work both directly and indirectly. You will find books on English learners, leadership (yes, YOU are a leader), reading, writing, cultural perspectives, and mindset. If you need children/young adult titles, you’ll find a few of those, too.