No Blog Love, but YouTube is growing

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…

 

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It’s a major award!

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.

Artifact Curation for BTs

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 
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Flipped PD on Growth Mindset

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.

Google Education Basics

certificate

This was really easy. I hope that the Educator Certification exams are similar, but I also hope to learn some new tricks with Google Apps and Chromebooks. I’m waiting for them to revamp their modules and exams (which will happen on November 21st, if anyone out there cares to complete this process as well). Luckily, I got a grant to pay for my examination fees!

Nearly-Paperless Classroom

Nearly Headless? How can you be nearly headless?  – Hermione Granger

Disclaimer: I don’t believe in:

  • a truly paperless classroom
  • technology as gimmickery
  • one [teaching] method to rule them all
  • drill and kill (but practice does make permanent)

I do believe in:

  • not assigning busy work
  • authentic homework assignments
  • saving paper

This year (with only one week until school started) it was decreed that each teacher would have a set number of pages copied per semester (each SIDE counts as one). This number varied by department, but there was no apparent consideration of the number of students, common teaching practices for the subject, etc.

I’ve had to ask my students to print things at home. I’ve moved to lesser testing practices of copying only one class set of tests that students cannot annotate (I came up with giving them a transparency and erasable marker) and cannot keep for future studying. It also fosters cheating because I used to have multiple versions of tests. I’ve done these things because I can’t make copies frivolously. However, I’ve NEVER made copies frivolously. I always try to conserve paper.

That being said, I have found a reason to be thankful for this proclamation. My website traffic is higher than ever before. I’m averaging 70 visitors per day (and I have about 70 students).

Just in the past month:

Classroom Website traffic 10-2014

Classroom Website traffic 10-2014

Even more impressive: in the past year…

Visitors by country. Oct 2013-2014

Visitors by country. Oct 2013-2014

In fact, my classroom website caused me to be headhunted by a local tutoring center and personally asked to review a new study/resource website for science classes by the site’s developer… who lives in the UK. If that’s not proof that I’m impacting people outside of my school, I don’t know what is.

So, thanks for forcing me to become even more paperless than I already was. My website has blown up as a result. The funny thing is, my husband’s math website blows my stats out of the water.