Are you still using email to communicate with families? Have you noticed that parents aren’t opening them or they do two days after you needed? More and more these days, parents are bombarded by emails from all kinds of sources, from regular communications to promotional emails, junk email, and more. Teachers can’t expect to reliably… Continue reading Your Classroom Needs More Than Just Email for Parent Communication!
What if money wasn’t a thing? What if you could ask for anything to improve your teaching and classroom experience? Each year teachers send home a school supply list. This list is generally decided on by a teacher team, limited in money, and approved by the school. Something teachers can do to upgrade their classroom… Continue reading Post Your Teacher Wish List on Bloomz
Two questions were raised at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. Having received my education at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington I uphold the constructivist learning theory. Contrary to instruction where students passively acquire knowledge from lectures, constructivism asserts that learning is an active process based on personal experiences and interpretations of the environment.… Continue reading Student Agency Over Learning #ISTE17LEARNING
A key element to teaching is revealed in the book Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit, by Leslie Marmon Silko. The benefit of combining text with visuals is the creation of a well-rounded relationship in language. The tension between words and images goes back thousands of years. In connecting this relationship to the… Continue reading Clarify Communication to ELL Families with Images
In an inclusion model there are students with special needs within a general classroom setting. There is a general classroom teacher and sometimes there is an aide for one-on-one assistance for students with special needs. The Bloomz behavior award tool supports ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy for students on the Autism spectrum. An ABA therapist… Continue reading Positive Behavior Support for Autistic Students
In my classroom I integrate technology Montessori style. Traditionally Montessori did not incorporate technology but at my school we include it as an option since technical literacy is an important skill valued in society. Students get blocks of open work time and a checklist of goals to accomplish. Everyone completes the work at their own pace.… Continue reading Combining Other E-Learning Tools With Bloomz
Why did you become a teacher? I have always enjoyed working with kids. When I was in high school I was able to tutor younger children. I had one of those moments when the child I was working with finally UNDERSTOOD because of the time we had spent together. There is nothing that… Continue reading Teacher of the Week – Katie Manella