Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Photo by Edward Jenner on Pexels.com Teaching during a global pandemic has been the most challenging experience of our professional lives. As we pass the first anniversary of schools shifting to hybrid or remote instruction, it’s worth appreciating what we have accomplished through many rounds of trials and tribulations. The silver lining of this tumultuous … Continue reading Make These Shifts Permanent: 5 Lessons from Teaching During a Global Pandemic

6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

I wish I could register every moment of confusion in my student’s eyes, peek over their shoulder at the passage they’re struggling with, and simply pull up a chair next to a student that needs help. Instead, I’m scanning 25 miniature faces while squinting at tiny boxes of screens and frantically giving feedback as quickly … Continue reading 6 Scaffolding Strategies & 16 tools to implement them during Remote Learning

9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

The start of every school year is filled with exciting beginnings and opportunities to try new activities & lessons. This year is different. Anxiety levels have reached unprecedented levels as we try to make plans that will quickly change depending on the spread of COVID in their communities. Many districts have chosen to start the school … Continue reading 9 Ideas to Help Plan for Hybrid A/B Schedules

3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

Trying to transition a traditional curriculum to an online setting can be overwhelming especially as we juggle taking care of our own families. The biggest struggle for me has been feeling a constant state of dissatisfaction because I feel like I'm not reaching every student; this has led to a lot of trial & error. … Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Teaching via Videoconferencing more Collaborative & Engaging

5 Ideas from ICE & DCSS 2019

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend two excellent conferences ICE, which helps teachers learn about edtech, and DCSS which focuses on improving Social Studies instruction. Here were some a few of my takeaways from both conferences: #1 Challenge students to ask more questions and solve real problems (via @BusEdCrev , inspired by @joykirr)  Students need … Continue reading 5 Ideas from ICE & DCSS 2019

5 Takeaways from ISTE 2018 for English/Language Arts Teachers

Here are some of the tools I came across at ISTE 2018 that seemed promising for English/Language Arts teachers. I especially appreciated that each tool kept the student  in the center while allowing teachers to provide critical support & feedback. No canned reading programs that students mindlessly click through here! READING: Activate, support, and reveal … Continue reading 5 Takeaways from ISTE 2018 for English/Language Arts Teachers

5 Takeaways from ISTE for Social Studies Teachers

Use Esri’s Geoinquiries and Arcgis Storymaps to help students develop their map analysis skills and Google’s Tour Builder to integrate text, images and maps to create more visually rich stories. (SOURCE: @JChanter22)  2. Bring history alive by having students interview senior citizens in the community and record their oral histories. (Resources from Milton High School, WI) … Continue reading 5 Takeaways from ISTE for Social Studies Teachers

Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018

The national ICE Conference (February 26-28, 2018) was an incredible opportunity learn from incredible teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators from around the U.S. Although the focus was on educational technology I was especially interested in sessions that addressed practical considerations for pedagogy. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018: 1. Teach Digital Literacy by Modeling … Continue reading Top 10 Takeaways from ICE 2018

21st Century Humanities PD

The steady stream of developments in education technology along with the books and blogs touting the newest, most student-centered methods of teaching makes it difficult to discern fads from true instructional innovations. Technology should shift how students learn. However, without appropriate professional development teachers will be overwhelmed by the speed with which technology changes or merely replicate traditional teaching … Continue reading 21st Century Humanities PD