This post is the first in two part series of posts on some ideas I have been exploring over the past year in a half through in my Graduate Program. These ideas originate from a project I completed, Multimedia Literacy in the Elementary Language Arts Classroom: A RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS. So often I hear people talking about… Read More Why Multimedia Literacy? Pt. 1
I heard of the Global Read Aloud a few years ago and thought that would be a great way to connect my class with others around the world. The idea was simple, choose one of the books to read aloud to your class, and connect with others around the world, who chose to read the… Read More Global Read Aloud: Connect Your Students With the World
Having dedicated time to plan with another teacher or several teachers has been one of the best parts of my job this year. As a Lead Collaboration Teacher, I get to work with teachers who request to work with our team. Using Jennifer Katz’s 3 Block Model our team has recently been focused on Block… Read More Teacher Collaboration: How Can We Get More of This?
To build a community, you need to build relationships, to build relationships you need trust. I have been thinking more consciously about building trust lately. One of my most challenging tasks as a classroom teacher is earning the trust of my new students at the beginning of the school year. Some students are easy to win… Read More Trust is Not Always an Easy Thing to Earn
The other day, I overheard someone say, “Here is another new thing they want us to try.” This is not something new, I have heard this comment made many a time during staff meetings and PD days. It made me think is Universal Design for Learning (UDL) just another new thing that we are making people do?… Read More Is UDL Just Another “Fad” In Education?