Happy Valentine's Day Week! While kids are busy handing out Valentines and eating treats, we're focused on improving classroom instruction and increasing classroom engagement. In this week's post we explore the "Tyranny of Being on Task", the power of Global Connections for students of all age, and what happens when legislators make laws without teacher input. Plus, we've got a guide for understanding SnapChat (your students get it, shouldn't you at least understand it?) and a way to better understand yourself: Are you a Curator or Dumper? So give yourself a Valentine and Take5 (hint: it pairs well with a piece of chocolate).
Strong, instructionally-focused school library programs are not shush-y places. They are loud, vibrant, and dynamic. Their librarians barely sit down during the course of a day -- juggling a whole range of classes, tasks, meetings, and responsibilities. And still, the perception persists that libraries are quiet and still. How do we break this stereotype? How do we provide evidence of the work we do each and every day? One answer is #LibraryHourbyHour.
Take5: The Great Cell Phone Debate, Wait Time, Mindfulness, Mistakes and some inspiration from Coach Kerr
This week's Take 5 is all over the place -- much like me as I wind up one semester and head gleefully into another. There are so many things to do and so many opportunities in the months ahead for you, me and our students. In this week's post, we explore the Great Cell Phone Debate (is there a right answer?), the Power of Mistakes, the need for Classroom Silence to promote thinking, and more. I hope this Take5 will challenge you to think differently or try something new. When we share, great ideas BubbleUp. So, Take5.
About two years ago, Gretchen (my BubbleUp Classroom co-collaborator) and I decided to start a blog. Up until then, the only thing I knew about blogs was that I liked to occasionally read them. We started for two reasons: 1) to make our BubbleUp Classroom website more dynamic and interesting; and 2) we were persuaded by some teacher talk at an Edcamp that as educators we have a moral responsibility to share our work so that as a group of professionals we can all strive to meet a common goal -- to help educate our students (and I by our, I mean all students in the world) in the best way possible. And so, we started our blogging journey.
Recently, I co-coordinated the third grade winter party for my son and his classmates -- we set up stations and did lot of different activities over the course of the two hour event. The biggest hit of the party was our photo booth (thanks to Corey for the fabulous idea). When initially exploring how to make a photo booth happen, I started pricing instant photo printers, but quickly realized I didn't want to spend that kind of money on this party. So, in an "aha" moment, I figured out how bring a photo booth to life digitally. It was remarkably easy to set up and to present live -- as the pictures were taken -- in each classroom using Google. And there are a plethora of ways to incorporate a photo booth into your classroom, library, or other school event.
Happy New Year! What better way to start the new year than with a Take5 (okay, it's really a Take9 because we just couldn't stop once we started) focused on all things kindness related? In 2018, let's help one another promote kindness, empathy and caring in our classrooms, within the hearts of our students, and in our school communities. 2018, we've got this.
Happy Almost New Year! This week we are reposting a timely blog post from last year: Forget the New Year's Resolution; Try a Teaching Intention. I believe that if you are looking to inspire your teaching practice that this is a helpful approach. This year my intention is to teach each and every second with empathy. Life is so complicated; and every interaction with kids and our community counts. I want each child to know that I see them as an individual, with their own story and their own set of circumstances.
So what will be your teaching intention for 2018? Read the post, share, and let us know what your teacher intention is. We'd love to hear from you!
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