Let's face it...hand-held technology is here to stay. The way in which we manage that technology, however, just may determine our effectiveness in the classroom.
If your students have difficulty focusing on the activity at hand when asked to put up their devices, click on the picture to the right. The linked article discusses creative ways real teachers have found to handle student cell phone use in the classroom.
I came across this great cell phone hack in Ms. Martin's room today, and is actually on the list as strategy #5! For another take on #15, try using a brown paper bag...they make plenty of noise when trying to reopen!
As always, if cell phone use is against your classroom policy, use STEP DISCIPLINE. It can't possibly work if it isn't used consistently.
If you have any tried and true methods, please share by commenting below!
Interesting read...may be worth a try.
I recently read an article on student engagement titled Burn Your Podium (and Other Hacks) by Jay Meadows. As I was reading, I realized that I’ve seen many of these activities in your classrooms on a regular basis! Keeping students engaged can sometimes seem challenging, but incorporating a few key components into your class can make a world of difference. Below are ideas discussed in the article. I would love to hear what strategies have worked best for you.
There are so many things that we can learn from one another. Unfortunately, we do not have time to always observe other classes. YOU are the experts and we need to share our ideas and experiences. I challenge each of you to share one engagement strategy that has worked for you by leaving a comment.
How many of you have heard a student say "I can't learn this" or "I'm just not good at math (or any other subject)"? Many of our students are stuck in a "Fixed Mindset" and just give up, not understanding that with effort they can learn! A student's mindset has a direct impact on their success, in school and in future endeavors.
Below is a powerpoint highlighting the differences between fixed and growth mindsets. It would be interesting to see where your own mindset is...what effect do our words have on our students' mindset? I also found a quiz that the students can take and put in their Interactive Notebooks if they have one. It would be a great Week 1 activity for next year.
In lieu of a professional learning day, I would appreciate seeing your comments about the powerpoint and/or quiz on here. There may be a drawing for a "Sweet" surprise for those that participate:)
Hang in there we are so close! Only 1 1/2 more days!!!
You will find the link to the December Faculty Focus below - don't forget to comment!
Christina O'Dell solved the problem of printing the Thinking Map bookmarks! :) She graciously made each teacher a hard copy on stock paper and I am having them laminated. I will have them in your mailboxes by tomorrow. According to everyone's feedback, the bookmarks were a favorite.
I think there are 5 bookmarks that you can cut out and use. If you would like additional ones, please let Mrs. O'Dell know. She said she would print them for you - it was a little tricky.
Please thank Mrs. O'Dell for her time and help!
REMINDER: TKES Roster Verification #2 is due tomorrow.
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