It might come as a surprise to some teachers that all it takes to replicate the green screen effects that we all see in the movies and on the news is a free green screen app and some green butcher paper. Once I put up my own DIY green screen in my classroom, my students … Continue reading 5 Quick Projects That Make Use of Green Screen
After reading the above tweet, I've been thinking a lot about this idea that we may very well spend too much time talking about what we should teach rather than how we should teach. And the more I think about it, the more I crave conversations that concern the how of education. Learning-focused conversation is learner and … Continue reading “The What” vs. “The How” of Education
Motivating kids to become lifelong readers is every teacher's goal, but I'll be the first to admit to having to resort to crummy prizes and rewards, including candy and toys, to get kids to read a book. In this short post, I want to offer a fun alternative: The blanket fort. Set a goal with … Continue reading Kids should read a book and build a freaking fort
A few months ago I attended a fantastic session on how teachers can do their own Action Research at an AISA conference. In the session, I decided that I wanted to see if teaching my 2nd grade students specific strategies for what to do when they get stuck would help raise their achievement. To make … Continue reading Can a Class Teddy Bear Raise Achievement?
Learning Different Strategies Every year, I teach my students a number of different strategies for how to solve multiplication problems and they come up with and show me a few more. These include: Drawing a Picture Repeated Addition Making an Array And Count Bys By far the favorite strategy for my students year after year … Continue reading Count By Songs Are Changing How Students Learn to Multiply
I'm a big fan of the reality show, Survivor, which has a group of adults competing in a variety of challenges on an isolated beach. The drama of every episode ending with a vote and an eliminated contestant intrigued me to the point of wanting to bring it to the classroom. It was so successful … Continue reading How to Gamify Your Class by Turning it into the “Survivor” Reality Show