Take5: 50 Writing Prompts, Parental Math Anxiety, Kid Edcamp, the Role of Teachers in Tough Times and more
This week's Take5 explores a myriad of topics from reading, writing and math to the emotional well-being of our students in moments of crisis. We also highlight a piece on Edcamp for students if you are looking for a new way to engage learners. No matter what subject or level you teach, there is something for everyone in this week's post. So take a little time to foster your own learning and read on. Or as we like to think of it at BubbleUp Classroom: take five minutes for yourself. You deserve it.
I've worked as a middle school educator for almost twelve years. I can easily channel my inner twelve year old, jetting myself back to my own junior high experience (yes, I was in 7th and 8th grade back when it was still called "junior high"). This year, however, is different. My oldest son is now in seventh grade, experiencing middle school at another school in our district. He loves middle school -- he's having fun and learning a lot. And I too have learned so much in these first few weeks as a middle school parent, already transforming my thinking as an educator. So in no particular order, here are just a few of the lessons I've learned so far.
BubbleUp Take5: Problem Solving, Morale, Writing Feedback, Math + Google, and yes, a Personality Quiz
Our school (and in fact, our whole district) has had a strong focus on literacy over the past two years. Our literacy team's goal is to highlight the literacy instruction that occurs across the curriculum, not simply in our English and Social Studies classes, but also in Science, Math, and our electives. We work to bring easy-to-use literacy strategies and tools to our teachers that they will be able to immediately implement in their classrooms. One of the building blocks of our literacy plan is providing accessible text for our students in all disciplines. This is often a challenge -- we want to make sure that ALL of our students have access to a rigorous curriculum. So, what are some "go-to" sources for supporting readers across levels?
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