Tips & Tricks

Using Student Portfolios to Help with Remote Learning

With so many cities in the world in quarantine, many schools have had to find ways to stay in contact with students, continue with their instruction and keep parents informed and even helping students at home. Remote learning is becoming the norm these days and, as students, parents and teachers adapt to this new normal,… Continue reading Using Student Portfolios to Help with Remote Learning

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 · 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

Guest Post · Technology · Tips & Tricks

Determined My Students Will Succeed!

Critical self-reflection is an important component to being a successful teacher. I’ve been thinking about how the first half of the school year went. Was it fulfilling? Did I anticipate it would go this way? I was recently inspired by Principal Kafele’s essay, SELF DETERMINATION: You Have Got to Want Success for Your Students BADLY! Principal Kafele… Continue reading Determined My Students Will Succeed!

Guest Post · Tips & Tricks

5 Reasons Teachers Should Assess With Student Timelines

Every student should have a collection of accomplishments from the school year. Artifacts that are easily shared with parents tell the story of the student’s development. Student Timelines are a reflection space and a forum for feedback from parents. Here are five reasons why teachers should implement them. 1. Parents are Partners in Education By integrating… Continue reading 5 Reasons Teachers Should Assess With Student Timelines

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3 Effective Ways To Use Student Timelines In Your Classroom

The current generation of students are known as technological learners because they apply computer and technology skills to learning and problem-solving. With Bloomz timelines students can upload data to create a digital portfolio. I’ve combined the technology standards from ISTE Standards for Students with the general content area standards from Common Core State Standards to outline three ways… Continue reading 3 Effective Ways To Use Student Timelines In Your Classroom

Featured Article · Guest Post

Student Agency Over Learning #ISTE17LEARNING

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