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Here you’ll find a mix of articles and self-guided professional development opportunities I’ve created to help you grow your practice by sharing tools and tricks from my own experience! Please enjoy and check back regularly for new topics!
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… Read more “Free PD: Making More Engaging Video Lessons”
The start of a new series on creating your own virtual classroom!
In this next installment of the Bitmoji and Virtual Classroom series, we explore starting off with a great classroom background. Freebie included!
In the past, I’ve talked a lot about building a classroom library from scratch. If you don’t have a classroom library, get one! The benefit to your students as readers is simply unparalleled. But how can you start the year off right to maximize student use and enjoyment of your library and get all of… Read more “How to Get Students Reading on Day One of Class”
I can’t emphasize enough the impact of a good classroom library. There is nothing more powerful than instantly greeting a student who has just finished a book with, “Here is another one I think you’ll like,” or “I saw this book and thought of you.” If you work in an environment where your school library… Read more “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 1: Choosing 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… Read more “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 2: Collecting 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.… Read more “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 3: Organizing Books”
Now that you’ve got stacks of books (Part 1 & Part 2) and something to put them on (Part 3), let’s talk maintaining a library in a classroom of anywhere from 18 to 150 students! (High school teachers, mad respect for all that grading. Yikes.) Alright. Before we jump into maintaining this library you just… Read more “Definitive Guide to Classroom Libraries for the New Teacher, Part 4: Maintaining Your Library”
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