Hey, all! Happy Tuesday! We're officially in the second half of summer - if you're like me, the Fourth of July marks the halfway point. My back to school dreams have started and my wheels have been turning, thinking about changes and updates I'm making in my classroom for the new year! Are you looking for ideas and energy to jumpstart your back to school planning? Illuminate is the book for you! ... Read More about 3 Reasons to Read Illuminate Before School Starts
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Hey, all! Happy Friday to you and happy first day of Easter Break to me! I am READY for a break - I'm sure you know exactly how I feel. It's the end of the year, teachers and students alike seem to be hitting a brick wall and motivation can be lacking. Do you need something to light a fire in you to end the year with enthusiasm and energy? Illuminate is the book for you! Here are my top three ... Read More about 3 Reasons to Read Illuminate Before the End of the Year
Quizizz is a fantastic game-based formative assessment tool that just keeps getting better! As I've shared before, Quizizz is a FREE website where teachers can create FUN quizzes and activities for their students. Similar to Kahoot and Quizlet Live, teachers can create their own games or can choose from a variety of existing activities. Read more about Quizizz here! One of the many great ... Read More about New Features Come to Quizizz!
When I began my gamification experiment this year, I asked the students in my classes a simple question: would you rather have digital or physical badges? I was ABSOLUTELY surprised when my students overwhelmingly demanded physical badges. Even after I said that these badges would be simply be printed on card stock, they were adamant! I originally thought that these students, who are digital ... Read More about Gamification: How I Make My Badges
Happy Friday, friends! I'm coming to you today from as I take advantage of my last day off before school starts on Monday, and while I'm sad to see our summer vacation come to an end, brainstorming new activities and buying a new coffee mug are helping with my motivation to head back to my classroom 🤣 If you're still looking for the first days of school activities that DON'T involve going over the ... Read More about 5 Activities for the First Day of School – Part 2