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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”

Students Collect, Reflect, and Recollect their Learning Story 📖 through eBinders, eNotebooks, and ePortfolios with Google Sites

When I first started teaching, my AVID Demonstration Site was big on the interactive notebook. We still are but with eBinders, we have been able to take our online and offline activities and blend them together into an amplified digital version of that paper notebook. Overview of the Interactive Notebook: The interactive notebook is organizedContinue reading “Students Collect, Reflect, and Recollect their Learning Story 📖 through eBinders, eNotebooks, and ePortfolios with Google Sites”

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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