Take5: the Power of Houses in Schools, Alleviating Math Anxiety, Books to add to your Summer Reading List and More.
While many of you are already basking in summer, some of us are still teaching. Our school year ends for students this week, but I know many East Coast schools are still in session as late as next week. Whether you are winding down this school year or already looking to the year ahead, we hope this week's Take5 helps inform your teaching. We touch on the weighty topic of suicide prevention. We also offer tips for supporting the creation of Houses in schools to promote belonging, strategies for spotting math anxiety in kids and stopping it in its tracks, and share a newly developed method for tracking cell phone use. Lastly, consider adding YA books to your summer reading by checking out a Best of 2018 YA List. So take a few minutes to Take5.
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.
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.
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