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Enhance Academic Vocabulary with EdTech Tools

Intentionally scaffolding and building vocabulary with our students is so important for all of our learners. There are many, many strategies used in classrooms including word walls, flashcards, visuals, total physical response (TPR), and the list goes on. Below, I will outline various ways you can enhance academic vocabulary with various EdTech tools while alsoContinue reading “Enhance Academic Vocabulary with EdTech Tools”

Class Debates for Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Learning featuring Padlet, Kami, and Google Jamboard

“Philosophical Chairs” is a strategy used for class debates. There are many resources available to support students and teachers before, during, and after the debate. I have found great success using many technology tools to help give students a more equitable voice during these debates as well as organize their ideas. From personal experience, youContinue reading “Class Debates for Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person Learning featuring Padlet, Kami, and Google Jamboard”

Vision Boards and One Word Goals to Kick-Start the New Year

“The most important thing to maintaining a habit is getting buy-in from yourself.” -Adithya Chakravarthy At the start of a new school year and/or new calendar year, teachers and students can kick-start their goals by creating vision boards and one word goals. It’s important to note how important the journey is and not just theContinue reading “Vision Boards and One Word Goals to Kick-Start the New Year”

Student-Led Conferences Tips and Resources

“Parent-Teacher Conferences” are usually held in the fall of each school year. I like to frame it differently because, really, it should be student-centered. So, I call it “Student-Led Conferences.” Because I teach ~125 students, it’s not realistic to meet with all parents during the conferences. Instead, I meet with those who are consistently earningContinue reading “Student-Led Conferences Tips and Resources”

Family Insight Questionnaire, Student Surveys, and Contact Log with Google Forms and Sheets

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ― Maya Angelou One of the most powerful things an educator can do at the beginning of the year is collect meaningful information from families and students. An online survey using Google Forms or Microsoft Forms allows you to captureContinue reading “Family Insight Questionnaire, Student Surveys, and Contact Log with Google Forms and Sheets”

Jigsaw 🧩ī¸ – A Collaborative Learning Structure Modified for Hybrid/Blended Learning

With a loss of instructional minutes during the 2020-2021 school year, I found myself brainstorming ways I could still cover the content, spark critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, and still get to some of those big topics I wanted to cover. I didn’t have time for students to read every full chapter, do someContinue reading “Jigsaw 🧩ī¸ – A Collaborative Learning Structure Modified for Hybrid/Blended Learning”

eBinders, eNotebooks, and ePortfolios with Google Sites: Students Collect, Reflect, and Recollect their Learning Story đŸ“–

The Why: Collect, Reflect, and Recollect. A student portfolio is a wonderful way to allow students to showcase what they’ve accomplished and also reflect on their progress and make future goals going forward. While one of the main reasons for an “eBinder” is to collect work, it is so much more than a file system.Continue reading “eBinders, eNotebooks, and ePortfolios with Google Sites: Students Collect, Reflect, and Recollect their Learning Story đŸ“–”

Relationships Before Rigor: 15 Ways to Build Classroom Community and Celebrate Our Students in Person and Online

The title says it all. Relationships have to come before the rigor. It goes back to Maslows over Blooms. You have to think heart ❤ī¸ī¸ first before brain 🧠. In my seven years of teaching and learning from my fellow school and district colleagues as well as various professional learning experiences, I feel I haveContinue reading “Relationships Before Rigor: 15 Ways to Build Classroom Community and Celebrate Our Students in Person and Online”


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