classroom management

Holiday Tech Lessons

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Holiday Tech Lessons

  Bring some holiday spirit to your classroom with these fun tech lessons! Google’s Santa Tracker Google’s Santa Tracker has a game for every day till Christmas. Students can choose the clothing colors for Santa’s elves, share a texting conversation between Santa and his reindeer, prepare and send a phone message from Santa to a friend, play games of skill, and explore Santa’s village. On Christmas Eve, Santa will unveil the dashboard of Santa’s sleigh. This is a super fun center for your classroom computer, and it gives practice with basic keyboard and...

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Christmas in the Classroom?

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Christmas in the Classroom?

With December here, you’ll have to change your calendar. And that means that you might as well change the bulletin boards. And that means that it is time to decide: do you have Christmas in the classroom or not? In our state, Thanksgiving is in the frameworks, so there’s no suspense there. But Christmas is, like Hallowe’en, controversial. Some schools ban all lessons on all holidays (excepting, presumably, those required by the state frameworks), on the grounds that it is impossible to be evenhanded with holidays, observing all of them equally, even if we arbitrarily limit...

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Transportation Classroom Theme

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Transportation Classroom Theme

  Throughout our history, we humans have wanted to go from one place to another, and to take things from one place to another, so a lot of our ingenuity has gone into transportation. We have a number of relevant classroom themes and lesson plan collections already posted: Car classroom themes Trucks lesson plans Hot air balloons Airplane classroom theme Travel classroom theme Hiking classroom theme Boats lesson plans How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Oh, the Places You’ll Go What if you want to have a more general transportation theme? Of course, you can mix and match...

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Online Quizzes for In-class Response

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Online Quizzes for In-class Response

At WordCamp in Kansas City this month I heard a speaker who suggested using a WordPress website for quick in-class assessment. When you’re giving a lecture or explaining a concept, you can have everyone logged into the class website, have them answer quick questions online, and thus make sure that everyone is catching on — not just the one or two who answer a verbal question. Her method was complicated and unattractive, but it’s a great idea, so I set about to see whether I could reproduce it easily with a standard WordPress set up. Success! I used a free plug-in called...

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What Comes Next?

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What Comes Next?

“What comes next?” is a deceptively simple question. Identifying a series and predicting what comes next is a critical thinking skill that lets us test comprehension of a wide range of math concepts — and one which we use as adults in reading, planning, and decision making as well. Use craft sticks and chart stickers to create “What Comes Next?” games or centers customized for your classroom, or have students make “What Comes Next?” puzzles for each other. It’s very easy. Use stickers on one side of a craft stick to establish a pattern. End...

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Blogging for the Classroom

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Blogging for the Classroom

A classroom blog gives you a place to report daily on what happens at school, to have conversations with students without time pressure, to share resources and information. So how can you get started with one? Free blogging platforms There are lots of places online where you can set up a free blog. Here are some favorites: WordPress is the platform we use for FreshPlans. This isn’t a free WordPress blog, so we have some options you won’t at WordPress.com, but either way WordPress is a good combination of easy and powerful. We’ve got a series on Your New WordPress Site that...

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