I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to say. As I headed to the whiteboard a hush fell over the room and one student asked, “do we get …
My students need a few tablet computers to aid in classroom activities and flipped learning. My students are lacking when it comes to technology in the classroom. They need a chance to be able to research and learn without fighting for a computer lab. My students are amazingly talented…
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Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires more people will see it and more support can be given. All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!
As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget). Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby. Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.
Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies. In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped. I am in awe of the teachers in this community. After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year. If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist. If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.
So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.
“I hate lectures. Within the first five minutes, I am checked out,” said Humphrey, a student who prefers using class time for in-depth discussions. “Digital stuff is always better than someone talking at me.”
From cellular mitosis to using semicolons, most subjects have remedial material that is important to know and difficult for professors to translate into a creative lecture or an active discussion. If these dull-but-necessary lessons migrate out of the classroom, professors can use the extra time for more creative, complicated and nuanced topics.
American students continue to fall behind international peers in math, but it’s not for lack of trying different teaching methods.
Many of the math teachers I know have often been the ones that resist change the most. When my school went 1-to-1 with MacBooks, most of the math department made it a policy that students weren’t even allowed to bring the laptop in the room. There are so many innovative ways to make math more interactive and student-centered, but often times they don’t attend those trainings at my school. Maybe it is just something that is happening at my school but I think the learning community could really work on making math teaching better. I think of Crystal Kirch who created an amazing flipped classroom in the math world and seems to work wonders. http://flippingwithkirch.blogspot.com/
Sometimes you ask for help so much I wonder if you have any original ideas at all.
I do…most of the time I save them for Twitter but I also enjoy responding to other peoples’ questions. I see Tumblr as a great place to get ideas from a lot of other talented folks. Not everyone has time to post original stuff all the time…especially when I’ve never had the chance to teach something two years in a row. I’m constantly teaching new subjects/topics and seeking out some great ideas from you all!
“The dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized. Our goal wasn’t to keep students quiet, but rather to have them engaged in the learning process. The class became noisier — and it was good.”—
I see this all the time on reblogs containing interesting (usually historical) info and images.
It angers me.
A) Schools have 13 years (minus about 4 months each) to give you enough of a foundation in reading, writing, math, sciences, state/US/world history, social studies, economics/finance, art, music, health/phys. ed., technology, and in some cases life skills/home ec/cooking to be a functional adult (who is able to further their own education).
B) The wealth of information in history and societies and books and sciences is HUGE. However much info you just pictured, times by like 46643823657. HUGE. To use one of my favorite quotes, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” (Albert Einstein)
C) Assuming you were at a maturity/brain development level to think “Hey, I find this interesting and would like to know more” while you were actually in K-12 school, “finding out more” is then in your court. “They teach us” gives away all responsibility for your own education. Everything will not be spoon fed to you. You have internet and/or library access. Go find out more yourself (and report back to the class if you want/your teacher gives time for that).
One of the focuses in the Master’s level of education is taking a sliver of a topic and digging to find enough information to write upwards of 30 (well organized and correctly written) pages. There simply isn’t time/resources/brain maturity to do that throughout K-12.
So if you see or hear something interesting on Tumblr/in class/mentioned in a conversation…AWESOME. Learn how to learn more about it on your own (from reliable sources). Then show off your new knowledge. ;-)
How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What’s the best way to measure true learning? What’s the purpose of school? The founders and teachers at the PlayMaker School, an all-game based school in Los Angeles, are asking those big, hairy questions that all teachers grapple with. At the PlayMaker School, they’re trying to find their own answers through their constantly morphing, complex experiment. Here are their thoughts about these issues, in their own words.
I’ve always thought the term “re-entry” to our regular lives after an ISTE conference was a bit dramatic, but it really does feel that way this year. 16,000 educators in one building is…intense. Now that I’m back from Atlanta and scrolling through my notes, I’m going to try to condense everything down to 10 main take-aways. These are not necessarily the most …
Missed the conference but definitely checking out all the reflections and take-aways!
Affordable clickers for classrooms. Plickers transforms how teachers assess their students and collect data
My colleague brought these to my attention at the end of the school year. She printed some Plicker cards onto card stock for use throughout our whole building as they’d be rentable from the library. Essentially, students answer questions by holding up a card in some way. Your phone or iPad takes a photo of the room and records how everyone did at answering the question and who may not have gotten it. Great idea for formative assessment. Clickers with very little technoloy!
On behalf of the EduPD team and all of the presenters, I can say that I am SO excited and impressed by what the #education community has put together—especially in such a short amount of time. This is something really special we have going on here and it is SO great to be a part of it.
And now without further ado, we would like to welcome you to the first ever EduPD experience.
For those of you still working on your presentations, don’t worry if it’s not perfect yet, just continue uploading as you can. For our learners, you can expect to see more and more resources being added to both drive and youtube as the week progresses.
We would also like to feature some of our presenters who have uploaded some cool things to their drive folders. We will be continuing to feature presenters over the course of this week, so don’t feel left out if we didn’t mention you in this post!
There are definitely a bunch more great presentations put together already, and people are still rolling out their materials as we speak. Stay tuned for more featured presenters as this week continues.
How Can You Implement Gamification Effectively Within Your eLearning Program? Check the How Gamification is Used in ELearning article to find more.
It has worked really well in my classroom. Participation is phenomenal! Students left comments at the end of the year that they felt extremely motivated by the gamification and that they wanted it carried on into their next year. They also gave lots of advice for making it even better.
What are peoples’ thoughts on having a classroom pet? I believe that there are therapeutic benefits to having a classroom pet. There is also the adorable factor. Personally, I would love to get a hedgehog, but I think I’d be too concerned about the kids getting cut by the quills/ needles.
What are your thoughts? Are you for it? Against it? Do you have one? If so what is it? Awesome stories? Nightmare stories?
I’m so allergic to animals with fur that I’d be afraid some of my students would be allergic to something as well. I would consider having a fish tank or a turtle possibly but there is also the fear that an animal will be killed. When I was in middle school, a student sprayed some breath spray stuff into the tank and killed everything. The whole class got in trouble and it was a lot of fish that died.
A friend of mine introduced this program to me at a recent conference. It could completely change the way my game is run. Instead of using a spreadsheet, this program allows me to give XP through an easy to use website. Students are able to have avatars and choose what types of special abilities they can purchase along the way. Each classification of avatar has different abilities that allow them to do different things for the guild. It essentially adds in a lot of stuff that students wanted to see from this year.