As I prepare this year to send my own daughter to her first year of middle school, I am increasingly aware of the complexity of being a preteen (and teen) in 2019. There is a lot to navigate -- academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well-being, friendships, and the ever present cell phone culture. I've always tried to build relationships with my students, but this year I want to double-down on this practice by giving kids even more outlets for reaching out to me for help or simply guidance. I'm not exactly sure what this will look like in it's entirety but here are some strategies that I plan on using (some old, some new to me). I hope they'll spark ideas for you about how to continue to strengthen your relationship with students.
This week, we're focused on technology. Of course, the instruction ALWAYS comes before the tool, but sometimes, you have an idea and just need to figure out the best way to bring that idea to life. We touch on app building, podcast recording, content curation, and share a music playlist. Take 5 and explore some tech tools with us!
Can you believe summer break is almost over? I know for many of our readers, school has already begun, but here in Northern Virginia, our students don't come back for a few more weeks. I, on the other hand, head back to work next week. And, even though summer ends every year, I'm feeling a bit stunned that it happened so fast this time around. It's hard for me to go from 0 to 60 on day one, so I'm focused this week on getting my school year mojo back. Here are some things on my to do list for the week as I prep to go back to the library.
We’re taking the week off to enjoy some vacation time! Wishing all our readers a bit of time to disconnect from #teacherlife at some point this summer before heading back to school!
This week's Take5 is a little off of our beaten BubbleUp Classroom path. Usually, we focus specifically on teaching and learning, but this week we are offering up podcast recommendations -- none of which really have to do directly with teaching or education. As I've mentioned in posts before, I think a key part of being an effective teacher is to take on the role of learner regularly. This summer these podcasts have helped me do just that, while also keeping me entertained. They have made me think about the world and its history a little differently and in doing so, I think they'll make me a better teacher when the first school bell rings this August. So savor these last few weeks of summer. Take5 and then take a listen.
This upcoming school year I am embarking on a new journey. For the first time, I will be teaching three sections of Advanced Academics History 7, classes made up of students that have been identified by my school system as gifted. During my career, I've taught special education, general education. honors, and English language learners (ELLs) for years. It's time for something new. Teaching gifted students will undoubtedly bring new challenges (and new joys). I am spending some time this summer getting my head around what my own personal approach to teaching gifted students will be.
Happy summer! Hope you are combining your summer learning with lots of time spent outside and energy focused on recharging before the next school year begins.
In this week's post, we've got a TED Talk, a cool Google tool, a podcast, tips for managing family screen time and ways to build better group projects. Take5 and jump in!
We're taking this week off to watch the World Cup (we're cheering for the incredible USWNT here at BubbleUp Classroom) and to celebrate Independence Day.
Enjoy the holiday, if you celebrate, and LET'S GO USA!
-Gretchen & Corey
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