This week's Take5 focuses on what's happening in the classroom -- creating time, a Google tool to support English learners, mastering conversations. We also look at a game that would be fun to play in the library and a great site with lots of ways to explore science in the classroom.
This recent Mindshift Article is everything. Time is an Essential Teacher Resource So How Can Schools Be More Creative With It? To me, time is everything and there is simply never ever enough of it, especially in schools.
There are lots of neat tools and tricks available in Google. Jake Miller (@JakeMillerTech) shared this simple way to support English Learners with vocabulary: Translate in Google Sheets. This handy tool works for over 100 languages and could go great lengths to help a new language learner feel more comfortable in the classroom.
I recently ran across this 2015 Ted Talk by public radio journalist Celeste Headlee. As someone who interviews people for a living, she offers 10 basic rules for having better conversations. She explains that even if we just choose one rule and master it, we will get better at talking to people.
A post in the Future Ready Librarians Facebook group mentioned the game "Bring Your Own Book" and I had to explore further. Originally funded on Kickstarter and now available for retail through Gamewright ($12), this game shares similaries with Apples to Apples -- draw a card, skim through a book to find a phrase that satisfies the prompt, and win the round when the "judge" chooses your phrase as the most entertaining! And the game designer also offers a free print and play version that would be perfect for classroom or library use.
Do you know about the Exploratorium? Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a self-described "learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception." It sounds like an awesome place to visit if you're closer to the Bay Area than I am, but in the mean time, my students and I will have to be satiated with the Exploratorium's Science Snacks -- quick, hands-on activities easy-to-find materials.
What have you discovered lately that can support your instructional castle? We'd love to hear from you!
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