1. I enjoyed reading the blog post How to Approach Your Teaching like a Master Chef by Jennifer Gonzalez. The post captures the ideas of Matt Vaudrey and John Stevens' book "The Classroom Chef." While creating unique lessons that engage students isn't what I would call novel, I enjoyed reading about the framework they developed. There's something fun about thinking of myself as a chef and my lessons as delicious and nourishing meals for my students. This is definitely a book I plan to read over Winter Break.
2. This year I have introduced the powerful concept of growth mindset to my students. An article entitled Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills explains how to develop a growth mindset in teachers by rethinking everything from faculty meetings to professional development. This really resonated with me. Chances are that if a growth mindset is good for kids that it's good for their teachers too.
3. December 5-11 is the Hour of Code's Computer Science Education Week. I was intrigued with the Hour of Code when I watched my seven year old start coding last year using resources developed by Code.org. Edutopia's Calling all Learners and Teachers for Hour of Code 2016 provides tons of resources for bringing coding into your classroom regardless of what subject you teach.
4. What about having a community coding day at school? I love the idea of professional development-like sessions for kids, parents, and teachers alike. Sam Patterson explores the idea of 2;1 in his blog post Create a Family Coding Day for Hour of Code He explains the value of having students coding on the same device as parents and grandparents, allowing families to connect through technology in an educational setting.
5. A colleague and I are planning on hosting a Snapchat tutorial by students for teachers later this month. We know that our students think Facebook is for dinosaurs and as much as we love Twitter, our students seldom use it. Their current social media of choice is Snapchat. Snapchat as a Tool for Teachers explains the value of using Snapchat as an instructional tool, If you teach preteens or teens it is definitely worth a read.
Wishing you a happy and creative week,
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