Thursday, July 19, 2012

Works for Me: Ideas and Tips by Teachers, for Teachers

Easy Button Rewards
Ms. Goss's students have it easy. She builds community and motivates her class by allowing students to push her buttons - her Easy Button that is. Read about how her students look for opportunities to shine and to recognize each other's achievements, so they can push that button, hear the applause, and shout out, "That was easy!"

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Pinning Grammar and Mechanics
From Tracee O.
An English Teacher at Erie High School:
This high school teacher uses humor to keep her students engaged with her grammar and mechanics lessons. She started a Pinterest board with examples of humorous, real-world grammar mistakes.
Examples draw from advertising, cartoons and text messages. Find out how she did it and how you might use Pinterest too.

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Appropriate Feedback
From Susan May
A teacher and journalism advisor at McCook High School in McCook, Nebraska:
Ms. May's students learn to make positive comments and give constructive criticism when analyzing their peer's work. Read about how she models appropriate feedback for her students and makes use of her unique "Glow" and "Grow" worksheets.

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Featured Post: Advice for Successful Team Teaching
From Jennifer Stern
A special education teacher for Lawrence Public Schools:
Ms. Stern has experience in both team teaching and being in the classroom while another teacher leads. It's sometimes difficult for the classroom teacher to share or give a colleague control. She provides tips on how to best make this work for both teachers and students.

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Question of the Week: GPS and Geo-Caching?
From The Worker Bees:
Add some exploration and adventure to your day with Geocaching, a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game in which players search of containers (called "geocaches") using GPS-enabled devices. Tell us about a class treasure hunt you've conducted using either of these two devices. Or, if you like the idea but haven't tried yet, tell us about that too. We're looking for examples of how to use hide-and-seek technology throughout your curriculum. Aye, Matey?

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