Welcome (or welcome back) to my blog!
Every year I try to frame my year of blogging in such a way to provide focus for me, but to also be helpful to others. This year’s focus is going to be on resources. I have found that following some of the fantastic speakers I have seen talk about technology, education, leadership, and life, share a wealth of resources with the Twitter world. I have been a consumer on Twitter for a while, but have made a commitment to also being a producer this year. As I come across things I think might be useful, I will post them here. Follow me on Twitter at @slemon21.
Additionally, I will be embarking upon a Google journey with the roll out of Google Classroom to my sixth graders and the management involved with having a Google Classroom Site and a Google Website. This past summer I partook in the Google Education Training (Level 1) – I would highly recommend it. Click here for more information. I found much of it to be review, as I have been using Google for years, but also came away with some wonderful shortcuts and ideas for using Google products that I had never thought of before. For example, did you know you can embed your plans right into Google Calendar? If you are out, all you have to do is print your agenda and add a few more details for your substitute!
I launched my classroom this year inspired by a keynote that Jennie Magiera gave at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference this past summer. She focused on “Moonshot Thinking” and the idea of doing something innovative and BIG – REALLY BIG – outside your comfort zone big. The video she had us watched transfixed the audience. Which is exactly what it did with my 6th graders.
I had my students think about words or phrases that resonated with them throughout the video and then have them commit to their own “Moonshot Thinking” for this year. I would love to change my students’ thinking from grade oriented to more of a growth mindset. I am hoping that this kickoff will head us in the right direction.
Some great resources that I have found recently:
Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters for teachers – (by Teach Thought Staff) or food for thought for kids in a project-based learning environment.
Updates for Google Calendar within Google Classroom. I haven’t explored this, but it looks great.
10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-Ons for Teachers. Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne