I decided to try something new with my teacher’s desk this year. One of the student jobs that I have for my students to do each week is Quote Writer. One pair of students has to find at least one inspirational quote each week to share with the class. Last year, students were supposed to find a quote and add it to a Tumblr blog that I had created. That proved to be rather painful. I spent too much time trying to get students to do that job.
Then inspiration struck! I decided to paint my teacher’s desk with chalkboard paint and then ask my Quote Writers to write their quote on the teacher’s desk with chalk. How motivating is that! And it looks fabulous!
Thanks to Lindsey and Katie H. for being the first to add a quote to the teacher’s desk!
A great new school year starts here!
While our students are probably still tucked safely in their beds this morning, perhaps dreaming of the adventures they will have later today, their teachers are returning to work today to begin planning for the adventure that will be the 2014-2015 school year. I woke up this morning feeling quite anxious, in a good way. I’m anxious to see my friends and meet our new staff members, including our new principal. I’m anxious to start planning for a new year with a new class, anxious to try new lessons and new tools. This will be my ninth year as a classroom teacher and I’m planning on this year being the best one yet!
On the first day of school I will ask my students what expectations they have for me as their teacher, and I’ll talk about what expectations I have for them as my students. But right now, I’m thinking about the expectations I have for myself for this new school year. Many of them involve stepping outside of my comfort zone, something I ask my students to do quite frequently during the school year. If I expect my students to take risks and try something new, then I have to be willing to do the same. Great things can happen when we step outside, but we’ll never know what’s out there if we don’t take that first step.
Here we go…
Our classroom was abuzz with excitement yesterday morning as my seventh graders each received their school iPad. I’m not sure my students believed me when I said that I was even more excited than they were, but it’s true! I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I can’t wait to see what my students discover they can do with this new tool.
We were hampered a bit yesterday with connection issues; the internet was down for several hours. So if anyone wasn’t able to get some apps set up last night, we’ll take care of it today.
We’ll be using Edmodo quite a bit this year, so I thought I’d share a little bit about the site. Edmodo is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to create a classroom community. We can have conversations online about what we’re learning; students can post questions about assignments or direct message the teacher (they cannot direct message anyone else, just me); I can post assignments and grade them right in Edmodo.
One thing I’m excited about this year is being able to quickly gather information from students via Edmodo and the iPad. For example, let’s say I’ve just given a lesson on word choice in writing. I can post an assignment in Edmodo and, before they leave the classroom, students can quickly write a sentence or two demonstrating what they’ve learned (it’s called an exit ticket). At the end of the day I can quickly go down the list of sentences and see who got it and who needs a little more help.
How cool is that!
Are you as psyched about returning to school as I am?! You will be after you watch this!
She’s 220 feet tall, almost 9,000 feet long, and today she turns seventy-five years old and has her image Google-ized by the famous Google Doodlers.
If you’d like to learn more about this icon of the San Francisco Bay Area, visit the bridge’s website: Golden Gate Bridge. There’s a website specifically dedicated to the bridge’s 75th anniversary which you can visit here: Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. You can also “like” the bridge on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
Happy Birthday, you beautiful orange gal!
“Adolescence is not a problem. It’s an opportunity.” Now, there’s something you don’t hear every day!
I have a feeling that Mrs. Bucci would greatly approve of this picture: