XtraMath For Learning Times Tables

By @MrZachG One of last year's more profound PDs at my school was a book club on "Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes". In it, author Yong Zhao advocates exactly what the title suggests: That teachers should use technology whenever technology does the job better than … Continue reading XtraMath For Learning Times Tables

A Need for Explicit Discussions on Mindset, even in 2nd grade

By @SGroshell What is Mindset? Before I begin, I’d like to put in Carol Dweck’s explanation of her research on fixed and growth mindsets for anyone new to the idea. …students who believed their intelligence could be developed (a growth mindset) outperformed those who believed their intelligence was fixed (a fixed mindset). And when students … Continue reading A Need for Explicit Discussions on Mindset, even in 2nd grade

Back and forth argument on Twitter helps me rethink why we do what we do.

By @MrZachG Recently, this tweet came up on my feed. Teachers join the profession because they have a deep academic love of their subject. How can you teach before having studied it in depth? As I sometimes do when I am reading through Ed talk on Twitter, I responded by tweeting to the user my … Continue reading Back and forth argument on Twitter helps me rethink why we do what we do.

5 Things Not to Prepare for the 1st Day of School

Advice from a 2nd grade classroom By: @SGroshell Your classroom is incredibly important. Students will come to your door, make friends, and hopefully even learn a thing or two for the next 180 days in that room. In order for them to be successful, your classroom has to feel like a safe place. And to … Continue reading 5 Things Not to Prepare for the 1st Day of School

Tech Review: WordPress for Teacher Blogging

My first experience with blogging was back in 7th grade. My initial understanding of the purpose of a blog was to post poorly written love poems and hope that the my tortured soul would be heard. To my disappointment, it didn't actually seem like they were - although the tool I used then, Xanga, didn't … Continue reading Tech Review: WordPress for Teacher Blogging

5 Ways Camp Makes You a Better Teacher

  By @MrZachG As a kid I loved Summer Camp, and always dreamed of being a camp counselor. I was hired to work at YMCA Camp Seymour my freshman year of college, where I was christened “Atlas” for my love of travel. I worked there for as long as I could, even staffing most weekends … Continue reading 5 Ways Camp Makes You a Better Teacher

Compliments During Times of Hardship

Found in my old #school stuff at my mom's a 3rd grade activity where each student complimented me. Still feels good https://t.co/WTnKdLSJdu — Zachariah H Groshell (@MrZachG) August 6, 2016 By: @MrZachG Most teachers have experienced a week where the students feel down in the dumps. This could be due to a number of factors, … Continue reading Compliments During Times of Hardship