I love when you teach a 6th grader in another teacher’s class, and she still uses what you taught her the next year in your own class. This is her sketchnote while learning about how to create a “killer” slideshow presentation.
Do you remember the television show “MacGyver”? It was one of the great television shows that started in the 1980s. MacGyver was a secret agent who could get out of any problem just by using ordinary objects around him. There’s nothing like hooking your students when you tell them they get to be secret agents!
Some days, your students make you laugh without meaning to; it is one of the joys of teaching. This is one of those examples.
During my research, I discovered that our phones are 18 times more dirty than a toilet. I was excited when I came across a product that was on Shark Tank (and I LOVE Shark Tank), that has clinically proven results that their product, PhoneSoap, will kill 99.99% of germs using UV-C light.
This year marks my 27th year of teaching. A lot has changed throughout the years; some occurrences have been good, some bad, and some ugly. Would I do it all over again? Yes. Do I wish things were different for teachers today? Yes. Can I look back at over the 3,000 kids that I have taught and smile? Definitely, YES!
So, the question is, would you go back and do it all over again? Here is my story of the first few years of teaching.
“And the YouTuber of the Year goes to….” One of my favorite parts of teaching is creating new units for my public speaking students. Each semester, my students vote on the projects they want to work on in my class. A lot of the time, I haven’t even created the unit yet, but I have […]
TEACHING TIP: Vocabulary Improv
Have you ever wondered what to do with those last five minutes of class? Do you want your students to practice their vocabulary in fun and memorable way? Vocabulary Improv is your answer.
I’ve learned that it’s easy to get students excited for class by changing up the little things when they enter the room. Today, I loved seeing my students smile when they showed up for class. It was more fun to do it this way than to hang the sign on the door. This was the […]
Everyone knows that the social and emotional well-being of a child is just as important as their academic skills. In fact, our district just put “Culture and Climate” at the top of our teacher evaluations. If a student doesn’t feel safe and loved in each classroom, they they aren’t going to learn. Period. Sure, there […]
Many teachers say that they feel like they are teaching on a “deserted island.” As the only public speaking teacher at our school, (and heck, there are only a few middle school ones in our district), I can understand that feeling. Here’s the thing, though…you don’t have to be a loner. It’s important for a […]