Teacher and life-long learner looking for innovative ways to inspire the students I teach. Middle school reading interventionist (grades 6-8) in Texas, yearbook adviser, & student advocate looking to grow my PLN with real people and real solutions.
Earlier this year Angela Moses (@MoTechChef) showed me an Animoto video she made and sent to her parents for the six weeks showing various lessons and highlights for that six week period. I was impressed, to say the least. I thought it was an awesome way to keep parents involved in their child's learning and also provides an avenue for students to explain what they've learned to their parent. Not sure about you, but I often get the, "Mmmm... not much" or "I don't know" answers when I ask how my own kids' day was or what they learned that day in school. So Angela inspired me to utilize my student pictures taken during the six weeks and turn it into a video. The method of how I share this video with parents came as a solution to a problem with lost report card envelopes. Each year I spend time and effort personalizing each report card envelope with the student's picture, information, clipart, etc. and often the envelopes tend to be lost rather qu…
After reading a friend and peer's blog post (read Brenda Jones' blog here) about inspiring her students to be passionate, it reminded me of an object lesson I did once when I worked with youth ministry that is very much relevant to the classroom.
Using an extra large piece of construction paper, make a list of all of the things you must do in one day. (Don't forget to add "teach" to your ever-expanding list of duties and expectations!)
After you're done, roll up this piece of construction paper lengthwise (think wrapping paper)... and place a piece of tape to keep it rolled up nicely.
Next, in thinking about your job, school, duties, reasons you became an educator, etc. take a paper plate and write the one MOST important aspect of your job (hint: the KIDS!) onto this paper plate.
Finally, take the paper roll (the one with ALLL of the things you do and are responsible for) and balance it in the palm of one hand with the paper plate on top without dropping either.…