Let’s be honest… While I maintain this blog as a personal portfolio, I do have secret aspirations of becoming internet famous. However, I don’t promote it because, frankly my dear, I don’t have the time. That being said, I recently ran across a surprising shout out for my How-To-Flubaroo videos. Sadly, I don’t remember corresponding with the author, but I think that’s because it was from a few years ago. That playlist is up to a couple hundred views.
However, I have one video that continues to garner views, even though I made it three years ago. I made a three-part tutorial on setting up a Google Site as a teacher’s webpage. Ironically, I don’t even use Google Sites anymore, having opted for the improved aesthetics of Weebly this past year. For whatever reason, that video now has over 13K views. I don’t get it…
I am quite honored to have been selected for the district staff excellence award. My school district has over 10 thousand teachers and 19 thousand employees. I am even more excited about it because my husband got it a couple of years ago and I think it’s awesome that we have both been recognized for our efforts. Most of all, I appreciate the colleagues and students that have congratulated me on it when I least expected it. The greatest award as a teacher is always when you feel appreciated by your students.
My district takes mentoring new teachers seriously. Mentors must go through a multi-day workshop and continuing education to stay updated on strategies and initiatives that are valued by the district. We also meet in larger groups to learn more practical knowledge for managing the day-to-day struggles of a new teacher. This is my contribution for teachers that are a bit stressed about our evaluation process.
This infographic shares strategies for teachers seeking to maintain artifacts
At a previous teacher leader corps workshop, I created this infographic (sample screenshot above) about writing strategies in science classes. It also has some tools for teachers as well as resources for students. I also love Piktochart (and infographics in general), which is why I chose that as the medium.
In Year 3, Day 3 of Teacher Leader Corps, my colleagues and I created this flipped version of our most recently delivered professional development session on growth mindset.
Growth Mindset Adobe Voice video
I love Adobe Voice. I even use it for my holiday video and sent a video poem to my father for his birthday. It’s extremely user friendly and students can create good products quickly.
Today at PD, I created a student-driven technology lesson for introducing new vocabulary in my academic chemistry class. As a preface: PechaKucha is a presentation format the includes 20 slides, presented for 20 seconds each (for a total of just under 7 minutes).
Blank Student Template:
Make ONE slide related to your term with the following info.
- Provide TWO definitions that you found
- Rewrite them into ONE definition in your own words
- include any variables, units, or formulas that apply
- include one image to illustrate your word
- it should take up most of the slide
- Be able to explain your word for/in 20 seconds
Technology Integration Matrix Review: This lesson falls under adaptation in all categories. I’m okay with that considering I am working towards more technology integration for that group of students.
I love Padlet. It has its drawbacks, but it has so many different applications for student use. This presentation focuses on using Padlet specifically for students to create a variety of products.
Padlet instructions (screenshots created using Skitch)