Free PD: Making More Engaging Video Lessons

One of my biggest self-developments during distance learning was my video lessons. Like most people, I'm sure, my previous video lessons for flipped classroom consisted of screencast slideshows that I narrated over. While these get the job done, I knew that they would likely not be enough to hold my students' interest during distance learning … Continue reading Free PD: Making More Engaging Video Lessons

#TechTuesday: Bring Blogging to Class with EduBlogs

One of my favorite school experiences was when my 8th-grade teacher encouraged us to create our own blogs on Xanga, an early-2000's service that sadly went the way of Myspace- still around, but no longer relevant. I loved the experience because the creativity and the freedom to post about things that mattered to me were … Continue reading #TechTuesday: Bring Blogging to Class with EduBlogs

#TechTuesday: Engage Students with e-Chat on Backchannel

Don't you just love it when your students really get engaged in a discussion? The ideas are bouncing off each other, students are respectfully disagreeing or asking follow-up questions, and the collaborative learning is just lighting up all over the place! If whole-class discussions are your jam, this Backchannel Chat #TechTuesday feature is for you! … Continue reading #TechTuesday: Engage Students with e-Chat on Backchannel

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 3: Organizing Books

Welcome to Part 3 of my series on starting a classroom library from scratch as a new teacher! In Part 1, I discussed how to begin searching for titles your students will love, no matter what grade you teach. In Part 2, I listed 17 different low-cost ways to start collecting books for your library. … Continue reading Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 3: Organizing Books

Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 2: Collecting Books

Alternatively: How to Win Books and Influence Readers In Part 1 of this series, I talked a bit about the immense value of having a personal library in your classroom, and I explored some ways to figure out what those crazy young whippersnappers are reading these days (*shakes cane*). So now that you've likely got … Continue reading Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 2: Collecting Books