“When I taught high school English, I created an essay system that did just that. It used a Google Form rubric, a Google Sheet as a database, and a “Student Tracker System” I developed. This setup allowed me to differentiate and individualize my students’ learning. I loved it, and it made my life easier–but more importantly, my kids loved it, too. The great thing is, this system can be applied to any class and assignment that uses a rubric–and it can be done for free.Here’s how you, no matter the subject you teach, can turn data into a personalized learning experience for your students–while making your life easier.
Before you can understand the system, you have to understand the philosophy that led to it.” To read further please click here: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-08-27-instead-of-paying-thousands-for-student-data-systems-try-this-free-option-instead
By:@austinkleon and @burgessdave
“The first day of school can be a wonderful opportunity to hook students on everything that makes your classroom a special place. Make the first day a fun and exciting showcase of great academic and social activities. Have students collaborate and share. Give students the opportunity to think, as well as share what makes them special as individuals.
Try these 10 activities with your students to show them what’s in store for the rest of the year!
What NOT to Do Many teachers use some of their time on the first day of school to list classroom rules or have students create the classroom rules. Instead of going through a list with students, have students collaborate with each other to show what NOT to do in classrooms. Students can present a skit showing all the wrong things to do in a classroom. They can create a shared Google document to list all the things that might get them in trouble in your classroom. You can follow up with your expectations afterward in a discussion with students. While most students know what classroom rules generally entail, having them create or demonstrate the NOT list can allow them to be funny and creative while gaining an understanding of what you truly expect for your classroom environment.” To read further please click here:http://fouroclockfaculty.com/2015/08/activities-for-the-1st-day-of-school/
By: Jenifer Cimini
“As my classroom assistant and I were setting up our room this past week her seventh grade son remarked, “It’s like you’ve centered everything around books in here.” And I stopped and made him repeat his words just so I could be sure that I heard him correctly. And then I looked him straight in the eye and said, “That’s the greatest thing anyone could have ever said about our classroom.”
A few days later, another teacher walked in and said, “So what’s your theme? Every class has to have a theme.” After I first told him I didn’t really have one and he seemed a bit disappointed, I remembered the words of the wise seventh grader and I said, “Well then, my theme is reading.”” To read further please click here:”
By: Meghan Zigmond
“It’s that time again! We’re heading back into our classrooms to start another year of learning and growth. I don’t know about you, but I love the freedom that summer gives me. I know our students do too. So as we head back into schedules, and structure, here are 5 ways you can boost thinking and productivity with a little movement in your classroom.
Movement allows our brains a break from the intense thinking and focus required in schools. It’s a chance to reboot, and even burn off a little of that extra fidgety energy. It can be a real struggle for many students to sit and focus. Give them a chance to be successful by adding some purposeful movement to the day.” To read further please click here:http://www.fractuslearning.com/2015/08/18/5-simple-ways-add-movement-classroom/