Respect in the Classroom: Earned, Not Expected – Education Article

There was a sub for one of my paras a couple of weeks ago and she set up shop in my classroom. We went through the day as usual, with her thoroughly enjoying her role after being out of the classroom for the past few years. At the end of the day, as I was thanking her for all she had done, the bell rang and a steady stream of kids began filtering into my room for their afterschool hugs…

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Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them. In fact, this was an idea inspired by The Secret by Rhonda Byrne that I wrote about in 2014 and included in my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Small Steps…

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Educational Technology Guy: Back to School can be stressful – Education Article

Back to School can be a stressful time for everyone, especially children. Here are some tips for coping with new year stress: And find some more Back to School Resources Here Going Back to School? R.E.L.A.X. AmeriHealth Caritas offers tips for coping with new school year stress Philadelphia, Pa. — Going back to school can be both exciting and stressful for children. There is the excitement of a new year and the new opportunities presented by advancing a grade level. But…

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Kick Off the School Year Right with These 14 Back to School Tips and Tons of Resources! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

I’m excited to announce I’ve taken on a new position as the Technology and Computer teacher at a STEM charter school in Houston, Texas. Yesterday, I met some of my 650 elementary students and their parents. I will be teaching 2nd to 5th graders and working with our PBL teachers to support the kindergarten and 1st graders. I’m excited to begin the school year and already have a checklist of what needs to be accomplished before we officially begin on…

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Educational Technology Guy: Welcome Back to School – Education Article

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week. The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers. Getting your room setup, implementing new ideas into your lesson plans, getting to know your students, and just settling back in to the routine can be busy and stressful. Remember to not over do it and…

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My 3 Student Expectations This Year For My Digital Heroes and a Free Handout! – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

I recently finished two weeks of intense teacher training. I enjoyed what my district coach had to say when it came to classroom rules. She only has one expectation, which is be respectful and that covers pretty much everything when you think about it. I took this idea and decided on 3 expectations. I love this idea, because I teach 440 elementary students and in charge of the technology curriculum for 640. From experience, I know they can’t remember every…

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Back To Basics: Device Tips For #BackToSchool – Education Article

When I was a Director of Instructional Technology it was always a fun day when we could deliver brand new devices to a school. The students and teachers were always excited and ready for the new possibilities ahead. Then after a few weeks frustration would set it. Students would loose work, teachers had to spend hours trying to figure out which document belonged to whom and we’d see lots of devices in the shop for repair. The focus on our…

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Free Guide to support Students’ Social-Emotional Health – Education Article

Social Emotional Learning and Well Being is very important to students and schools. Teachers and Administrators are starting to do more with this, but free resources are always nice.  Aperture Education has created a free guide to help schools support Social Emotional learning and well being.  You can download it here: http://info.apertureed.com/btsg-18  6 stages of a successful SEL implementation plan How to meet the needs of all students with SEL and MTSS 6 bite-size SEL activities to start today 3 strategies…

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Dissing the Family Crazies: A Christmas Story – Education Article

Ahhhh… the two weeks teachers wait for that never seem to get here fast enough. I was so ready to be done with 2018 I had a collection of white flags hidden in my desk that I found myself waving ever so slightly throughout that last week of school. So as I got off of winter break, I hastily tried to get caught up on everything that I’ve been behind on since July. Especially this year because I thought Christmas was…

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