21 Ways to Support Staff Morale & Teacher Wellbeing
We all know that a workplace with great culture is one that everyone wants to be a part of. A happy and supportive workplace also contributes towards the wellbeing of those that work there, which is vital in this day and age. Schools can be inspirational and fun places or they can be plagued with negativity (I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum and everything in between during my time as a teacher). A staff that work together and feels valued are an educational team that are fun to be…
Nontraditional Syllabus Template #4 (GOOGLE DRAWINGS!)
This custom infographic syllabus takes a nontraditional spin on the boring syllabus document we all make for the beginning of the year. You can edit and customize all of the text as well as move and manipulate the objects. Buyers have access to the original GOOGLE DRAWINGS file to make copies and ...
Zoom Activities to Use with Distance Learning
Zoom is being used by teachers and students all over the world right now. Here are our favorite Zoom activities to use with your classroom.
Distance Learning Idea List for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten
Distance learning can be very overwhelming because it’s something new for our little learners. They have traded in a brightly-colored classroom for a computer screen as a platform to interact with their teacher and classmates. As an educator, there is new technology to learn, and how do you even teach your students over video? It...Read More
I January 17 at 6:38 PM é One of my friends told me about a powerful lesson in her daughter's high school class this winter. They're learning about the Salem Witch Trials, and their teacher told them they were going to play a game. "I'm going to come around and whisper to each of you whether you're a witch or a normal person. Your goal is to build the largest group possible that does NOT have a witch in it. At the end, any group found to include a witch gets a failing grade." The teens dove into grilling each other. One fairly large group formed, but most of the students broke into small, exclusive groups, turning away anyone they thought gave off even a hint of guilt. "Okay," the teacher said. "You've got your groups. Time to find out which ones fail. All witches, please raise your hands." No one raised a hand. The kids were confused and told him he'd messed up the game. "Did I? Was anyone in Salem an actual witch? Or did everyone just believe what they'd been told?" And that is how you teach kids how easy it is to divide a community. Keep being welcoming, beautiful people. Shunning, scapegoating and dividing destroy far more than they protect. We're all in this together. - )
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Emergency Door Curtain Organizer
Emergency Door Curtain Organizer: Safety in our schools is at the forefront of everyone's mind, and back-to-school time is a great time for teachers to take a moment to prepare for anything the year may bring. One item safety officials recommend for the classroom is a device to blo…
Quality Work Alert: INSPECT what you EXPECT - At Whit’s End
You know that feeling. You have spent hours or even days preparing a set of lesson plans you feel are so engaging for your kiddos! Heck, you even have pulled students into your planning to get their input on how you can make the lesson/assignment the best it can be! At the end of the […]
Station Rotation in an Era of Social Distancing
Teachers are preparing for an uncertain future. Many are unsure if they will be returning to school on a traditional schedule, a blended learning schedule, or completely online. Teachers are questioning how the instructional strategies they have used in the
Glow and Grow Goal-Setting
It's parent-teacher conference time, and I always like to include students' input whenever possible. They do not attend our conferences, and without their voice, it always seems a bit too one-dimensional. I have used goal-setting sheets in the past (HERE), but wanted to mix it up a bit this year. Working with Growth Mindset, I created a "Glow & Grow" form for students to fill out. The "Glow" side contains what they are most proud of in that subject, while the "Grow" side contains their…