School has officially started. If you managed to miss seeing the school busses on the road, the obligatory first day of school pics on your favorite social media platform probably gave it away; not to mention the back to school meetings and classroom prep we have all been part of 😉
With the start of the school year come more great opportunities for you and your students to engage, connect, explore, and create. Here is what I have for you this week:
Breakout of your Centers and Gamify Your Classroom Content
This first share comes from a guest post on Matt Miller’s DITCH That Textbook blog. John Meehan shares how he uses games in his classroom to have students engage with novels in his 11th grade English classroom. Think of it as reverse of Breakout games that people are playing everywhere. Meehan shares templates, tips, and ideas that can be modified for use in middle or elementary classrooms.
Explore the Effects of Ocean Plastics
Explore by the Seat of Your Pants has a month’s worth of live lessons from Marine Biologists all over the world that you and your students can partake in from the comfort of your classroom. There are daily options with varying times so you can easily find one that is convenient for your classroom. Each lesson offers opportunities for classrooms to have a camera spot but if none are available, the lessons are streamed live on YouTube with a recordings library that is growing for later viewing. Can’t participate this month? Not to worry, there are events every month with different themes like conservation, space, exploration to choose from just to name a few.
Seesaw: Not Just for Playgrounds
If you are thinking about getting started with a fabulous portfolio tool for your classroom, Seesaw is offering September PD in your PJs. Seesaw is a tool that can be used within your browser or on a tablet and is a great way to make your students’ thinking visible. September PD in your PJs is a series of short webinars to get you started using Seesaw in your classroom whether you are an elementary, middle, or high school teacher. Each short webinar will show you not just how to get started, but also how you can use Seesaw in your PreK-2, 3-5, or 6-12 classroom. What are you waiting for!
Using Portfolios? Here are Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset
We all understand the importance of encouraging our students to think with a growth mindset and to know that while they may not understand or “get” something right now, with practice and feedback, they will come to it in time. This post offers some great questions and prompts that you can have your students reflect on that will encourage them to think differently about their work. Use them as portfolio prompts or even as exit tickets at the end of a project.
What’s New in Classroom
If you are using Google Classroom, then you might have seen the updates and changes. Here is a list of what’s new and improved to make your workflow even simpler. You can read the full blog post here.