Share and Share Alike

Each week I share articles, posts, tips, and tools with my colleagues. This is an excerpt of what I shared with them this week. I believe if even one person reads and tries one thing that I share, it is better than nothing.

It’s a 17 tab day for this week’s Shipley PLN Lower School Edition meaning there is a lot to share with you.

First, a shout out to one of our first grade classes for launching their 1M News- “channel”. These first graders are becoming quite the historians!

Also, the Rev War unit of the digital textbook is almost complete and ready for your perusal. If you haven’t seen the first unit, or even the digital text in the first place, you may see it here. Our fourth grade students are taking their lunch time to work on this digital text and are doing this on a strictly volunteer basis. It is all them and they are loving it.

Anyway, I mentioned it’s a 17 tab day so I best get started on sharing the goods.

#1 What does the number 10,000 have to do with anything educational? From Edutopia, this article on the importance of helping your students embrace and learn from their mistakes. Judy Willis would encourage quick feedback from a neural standpoint, and this article also brings the science to the topic. But why 10,000? Read on to find out.

#2 Speaking of science and research, this post and podcast from Vicki- Cool Cat Teacher- Davis is about how the aesthetics of the classroom impacts the learning and retention. In this podcast Vicki speaks with Erin Klein, interior designer turned second grade teacher. If Feng Shui is not your thing, don’t close the tab, instead check out some of the other recordings with some of the amazing educators on #BAM radio. Try Educators Radio or EdTech Radio. When I say there is a LOT of great information just waiting for you, I mean there is a TON of free PD just waiting for you.

#3 Looking for a fun way to engage your learners while learning or reviewing information, or just want to do some formative assessment? Well then, Kahoot may be just what you are looking for. Of course there is also polleverywhere and Google forms (slightly different but both will give you instant feedback options).

#4 Next is a Pinterest Board of Teachers on Pinterest. What? Yep, 30 boards from Preschool through High School, art, science, technology, and more for teachers. Holy Macinoli start pinning!

#5 What does Project Based Learning look like in an elementary classroom? This blog post and several more will show how this second grade class’ experience has been. What is PBL? I’m glad you asked.

#6 It’s spring- yay- and that means it’s time to plant some beans. Beans? Yes, well, this teacher would like your students to plant some beans and share their growth and observations with other students around the globe who are also planting beans. If beans aren’t your thing, not to worry, there are many ways to connect your classroom with others looking to do the same. Start here! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

#7 For more on building a global community for your classroom, please consider the BLC Conference or Preconference this summer in Boston. I know I’ve pushed this before but it’s really one to put on your Must-Check-Out list

#8 Read how this elementary school principal is encouraging his teachers to reach out and tell their class’ story via Twitter. Our own @4WJedis are tweeting about their learning, perhaps yours will want to as well. Want to get started? I will help.

#8A On the heels of and related to #s 7 and 8 is this from Silvia Tolisano about the importance of and how to build your PLN.

#9 Take 1 hour to view this webinar “Empowering Elementary Learners with Technology” and flip through the accompanying slideshow for some more ways to engage your students and empower them to become active contributors to their own and other’s learning.

#10 How often do you and your students just talk about math while you are doing math or before you even get started? Well, this post will share 10 Ways to get your students talking and writing about math

#11 On the heels of learning from mistakes (See #1) is this from Silvia Tolisano, aka Langwitches, talking about the time and practice it takes to upgrade and amplify your lessons and the need to do this for our learners to thrive in the modern world. Please be sure to check out the accompanying slidedeck as well as the one in the adjacent column of her blog. On a side note, if you like how she makes these slidedecks (not your typical powerpoint) you can try using HaikuDeck.

Friends, I know I have just tossed you a lot of information and it is a lot to ingest and digest at one time, but if you would just take the time to look through even one or two I really believe you will be inspired and motivated.

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