Through blogging, students can exercise and hone in on their writing, reading and critical thinking skills, and have a place to stimulate their creative potential.
One of the best ways to boost engagement is with fun. To kick off a unit, do something silly. Do something that the kids will remember. Do something that has a strong emotional hook to it, that you can reference all year long. Tell the kids that is what you are doing and the purpose is for them to be instantly reminded of that unit. Give them one-liners and hang them on your wall as “tag lines.” Your test scores will be glad you did.
Of course I love Google and use it to search about a zillion times a day. However, many times I don’t think I am getting the complete picture. I really want various content types on the same search results page. Enter Hakia.
Welcome to Web 2.0 in the Classroom – Part 8! In previous posts, you discovered several excellent web tools and curriculum integration ideas. Now let’s look at how to decide which web 2.0 sites to use for your lessons. You’ll explore several ways to evaluate sites, discover what is required for their use and determine if they will be viable tools for your students.
No matter what grade level or subject you teach, chances are you have students in your classroom who struggle with reading. While you know multiple ways to help discouraged readers, such as re-reading, using context clues and incorporating graphic organizers into your teaching, you have to admit these strategies are not fun for students.
As I do most years, I gave my students some reflection questions about our school year together. Since it was my first year of a totally flipped classroom, I was very curious to see what they’d have to say.