I can’t believe that it’s already time to start the school year again. Summer always seems to fly by. This time of year brings both excited and nervous energy, no matter how long I’ve been teaching. Amidst the lesson planning, professional development days, and classroom “decorating”, I always make sure that I plan intentional ways to connect with my students, especially at the beginning of the year.
One of the most powerful things about technology is the ability to give both students and teachers access. This includes access to text, video, and interactive experiences, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
A classroom where active learning takes place is one that includes time for collaboration, various forms of communication, and the freedom for movement. This type of classroom demands that students be engaged learners who create knowledge—as opposed to passive ones who only receive information. It also changes the role of the teacher from one who bestows knowledge to a teacher-coach and mentor who acts as a facilitator and provides support and guidance for learning.
Using evidence from a text with informational or argument writing is a crucial skill for our students as their writing develops. Teaching this can be a taxing responsibility to take on! But, with these simple tips, students can become prolific and critical writers.
In a previous post, we shared Kwame’s answers to students’ burning questions. Kwame answers educators’ questions about using poetry in the classroom to enhance and support instruction. These are just a few of the questions educators wanted to know about.
Teacher Created Materials has had one shiny red ice cream case, reflecting the bold red of the TCM logo, in each of its three office buildings. Every ice cream case is always stocked with ice cream and remains unlocked at all times, so anyone at Teacher Created Materials can enjoy a cold tasty treat any time they want.