One of my very favorite Portlandia sketches is She’s Making Jewelry Now. The song is about the struggle to find career fulfillment. I identify with this song so strongly because I while I have found fulfillment in my teaching career, it was a struggle to do so. That’s why I have started the Sustainable Teaching podcast.… Read More He’s Making Podcasts Now
Has your district told you your students will bring Chromebooks with them to class in the fall? Are you eager to integrate this technology into instruction but unsure how? Here are ten things you can do this summer to hit the ground running in the fall, brought to you by a teacher who has been… Read More Ten Things You Can Do This Summer To Prepare For Teaching In A 1:1 Classroom With Chromebooks
I am honored Google Classroom Experts named my strategy for including absent students a best practice: Google Classroom Experts are posting a new best practice to their Google Plus page weekly. To read more about how I use Google Classroom to fully include absent and home-bound students, please have a look at my blog post about… Read More Google Classroom Experts Name My Absent Student Strategy a Best Practice
In part 1 of this post, I showed you how to create a Google Form, import questions from a Google Doc or Word Doc and collect answers. Now it is time to grade your Google Form and give students quick, helpful feedback. Start by going to the Google Form assessment you shared with your students:… Read More Make Paperless Assessment with Google Forms – Part 2 of 2: Grading with Flubaroo
Are you teaching in a school that recently went 1:1 or is about to go 1:1? Do you hate stacks of paper burying your desk after you give students a test? Do you want students to take tests on their devices? Do you hate it when your school’s photocopier jams? Do you want to reduce… Read More Make Paperless Assessment with Google Forms – Part 1 of 2
Making video recaps of my lessons has revolutionized my teaching. I am so grateful to Chris Aviles for suggesting it at EdCamp New Jersey. A parent told me she wishes every teacher made video recaps. A learning support teacher uses them to help my students study in her instructional support classes. Students who need multiple opportunities to learn and… Read More Making Lesson Recap Videos with Screencastify
Do you struggle to use textbooks as an effective educational tool? If you do, I want you to think about your students. Imagine you are a teenager. You go home from school with a textbook assignment to read. At the same time you are surrounded by screens calling your name. Your SmartPhone buzzes with texts… Read More Use Brown University’s Choices Program to Engage Students
I have started this blog to share tools to make the profession of teaching more sustainable for educators and more engaging for students. In the coming weeks, I will share tools I have found through colleagues and my own exploration that accomplish these goals.