Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

By Ann Corrado (@AnnCorrado) Recently, I stood in front of my class and asked the question, “Why are we doing this?” The question was much more specific to the subject, but the response was eye-opening: no one could answer me. No one raised their hand. No one shouted out a response. The silence was deafening, … Continue reading Goal Setting with SeeSaw to Understand the Why

Flipgrid in Math Workshop

By Stephanie Pedro (@StephPedro007) Flipgrid has provided students with opportunities to share their thinking while problem solving.  This tool has also allowed students to use high order thinking strategies to demonstrate learning of new skills and vocabulary.     CCSS requires fourth graders to add and subtract fractions with common denominators using area models and … Continue reading Flipgrid in Math Workshop

Hugh Cole Elementary’s Annual “Getting Techy With It” Family Night Coming Up on April 18th!

It's that time of year for Hugh Cole's "Getting Techy With It" night! (April 18th, 6:00-7:30)  This annual event provides families with an opportunity to learn about the innovative ways that educators are leveraging digital technologies to enhance deeper learning opportunities for students across our K-5 classrooms.  There will also be opportunities for families to … Continue reading Hugh Cole Elementary’s Annual “Getting Techy With It” Family Night Coming Up on April 18th!

Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability

By Susan Jones What began as a “fix it quick on the fly”  became a favorite rotation within my math workshop.   What happened? I am a big advocate of rotations within a math block  because I feel I am able to better gauge and address all learners more efficiently using this model.  It becomes … Continue reading Learner Led Group to Increase Student Accountability

Student Seating and Social Issues using Google Forms

By Stacey Dunning Why consider social issues when creating seating arrangements? Student seating and grouping has a significant bearing on how effective teaching and learning can be within the elementary classroom.  When creating a workshop model, a mix of heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping is used. We try to teach kids who are at similar academic … Continue reading Student Seating and Social Issues using Google Forms

Digital Citizenship: Cyberbully

By Pamela Collins At first, many students thought that the best way to respond to a cyberbully was to answer back, get revenge. After many discussions, thoughtful questions and role playing, we determined that this rarely led to the best positive outcome, which is to alleviate feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and fear. Students role … Continue reading Digital Citizenship: Cyberbully

Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences

By Christine Bean Kotuby (@mhhsmsbean) Why Blog? Blogging provides students with a way to amplify their voice in topics that interests them. Implementing Blogging in the Classroom: In my high school science classes, students have a separate google classroom that they use as a hub to communicate with each other in a safe, respectful manner. … Continue reading Blogging: a way for students to collaboratively engage in real world experiences

Mt. Hope High School IT Student Help Desk: Authentic, Connected Learning in Action

By Laura Cabral (@BiblioEDtech)  It has been approx. 3 months since the launch and “soft opening” of the IT Student Help Desk at Mt. Hope High School! A cross between Apple’s “Genius Bar” and Best Buy’s “Geek Squad,” six students staff the desk, open 3+ hours of the school day and frequently after school. Trained … Continue reading Mt. Hope High School IT Student Help Desk: Authentic, Connected Learning in Action

Connected Learners Problem Solve & Engage in Accountable Talk

By Jen Saarinen (@snej80) How often does every student share their thinking in your classroom? How frequently do you ask your students to connect with one another outside of class to talk about their learning? How often do you have the time to have every student share their interests beyond needing a grade. Before I … Continue reading Connected Learners Problem Solve & Engage in Accountable Talk

Differentiated Instruction in Math Workshop with FlipGrid

By Susan Castigliego (@SusanCast7) Brief description of my rotation model: Students in my class have been doing a three station rotation in math workshop from the beginning of the year.  The three stations include a core teacher directed station, a digital instruction station, and an independent station. Each station would go for 15-20 minutes. This … Continue reading Differentiated Instruction in Math Workshop with FlipGrid