Technology

Culturally Diverse Districts Benefit from Auto Translation Feature

Public School districts around the United States are culturally diverse often with more than 80 languages represented. While working as a kindergarten teacher at Cedar Crest Academy in Bellevue, WA, I developed relationships with families from around the world. I worked with students whose first languages were Chinese, Korean, Telugu, Russian, and Japanese. One boy,… Continue reading Culturally Diverse Districts Benefit from Auto Translation Feature

Guest Post · Tips & Tricks

Spring Cleansing of the Mind and Classroom

Spring is an exceptionally busy time for teachers because of assessments, progress reports, and conferences. Along with those items I also have an overnight field trip and spring event planning on my to-do list right now. If I think about it all at once I will find myself completely overwhelmed. Simultaneously, the sunshine is bursting through… Continue reading Spring Cleansing of the Mind and Classroom

Guest Post · Technology

Using Tech To Support Student Health

It’s not something every elementary teacher sets out to address but it does come up, especially for third graders towards the end of the year. Last week I noticed a certain…funk appearing throughout the day in my classroom. After recess and PE the class didn’t smell as fresh anymore. Also, when kids were instructed to… Continue reading Using Tech To Support Student Health

Guest Post · Tips & Tricks

3 Things I Did On Bloomz to Save Time

The latest Bloomz premium feature, Engagement Reports, shows teachers how much time they’ve saved.  I was surprised and delighted to find out I’ve saved more than fifty hours by using Bloomz this year! In my experience Bloomz saves me time because I have all the aspects of communication in one place. For example messaging with parents, setting… Continue reading 3 Things I Did On Bloomz to Save Time

Guest Post · Professional Development · Tips & Tricks

Performance-Based Assessment and Student Timelines

A performance-based assessment requires students to carry out a task rather than select an answer from a multiple choice list. These types of assessments can be applied to any subject area. For example, in math a student would count out change in an imaginary store exchange. In literacy, a student might act as a news… Continue reading Performance-Based Assessment and Student Timelines