Writing my way through the school year!

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Beginning of the School Year Activities!

It’s that time.

I’m sad summer is over, but, I am excited at the start of a new year!:)

Besides some of the typical activities I use every year, (e.g”Getting to Know You” Bingo), here are some new activities I will be using.

Two of the ideas I got from Matt Bergman’s blog, “Learn, Lead, Grow.” He created a Google Slides of class expectations and had the class work in groups to complete them. Can you say “student ownership?” I added some of my own expectations that I want them to work on. When they are done, I will print the slides, put them on posterboard and hang up our rules. (I must have rules posted in my classroom.)… READ MORE

Everybody Get Up! Using Brain Breaks in the Classroom!

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If you are still teaching in the traditional, “sit down, be quiet, don’t move”method, it is time to let it go!

Research has proven that, just like adults our kids need to move, young or old. The fact that we, as adults, don’t want to sit in one place for hours on end, should give us a clue that we shouldn’t do that to our students.READ MORE

“Techfully Yours” Youtube Series- Sharing My Passion for Tech One Tool at a Time!

I learned about Snagit right before school ended, trying to make up those snow hours. But, it was PD I wish we had more often, something productive that I can use!

Take a peek, or two. Share with friends. Use it. Watch for new episodes. Episode 1 is about the fake tweet generator by Classtools.net. READ MORE…

“Where I’m From” Using Poetry as an Introduction!(Back to School)

ImageA teacher on Edmodo suggested this activity as a way to begin the year. I agree. It’s not only a wonderful way for you to get to know your students, but it gives you insight into how they write without the pressure of a prompt. (Hopefully,”What I Did On My Summer Vacation” writing assignment has gone the way of the dinosaur.)READ MORE

photo credit: Paul Lowry via photopin cc

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