Birthday celebrations are an important part of the classroom. In my class I want to let the birthday child know how cherished they are and how the world is better because they are in it. We walk down memory lane with photos, funny stories, and a treat is provided by families if they desire. The… Continue reading Celebrate Student Birthdays on Bloomz
It is important to make learning meaningful to students by taking into consideration the interests and needs of each student. To truly get a well-rounded scope of who your students are it is critical to understand each student’s family background by getting to know their parents. Here is an action plan to establish and maintain… Continue reading Family Contact Action Plan
Meet the teacher day can be chaotic with families dropping off supplies, introducing nervous new students, or filling out paperwork. Some teachers find themselves engaged in important yet lengthy one-on-ones with families. How do we connect with everyone to make sure they sign up on Bloomz at the beginning of the year? A solid first… Continue reading Tips for Getting Parents to Join Bloomz
I interviewed a parent who has been part of the PTA since her child was in kindergarten. It was bittersweet for her to share that this is the last year she will be with her PTA. She has been involved for seven years, two of which she was president. Only two due to term limits!… Continue reading Interview with a PTA Veteran
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