Games and SEL

jenga

 

This tweet immediately brought I ideas flying into my mind. I retweeted it the second I saw it on my feed. Who doesn’t like playing Jenga? What kids don’t need a little help getting to know one another. In the beginning of the year students struggle in their new classroom. Maybe they are no long with the same classmates as last year. Maybe they are totally new in school this year. How do they learn about their classmates in a fun way? Play Jenga!! What a wonderful idea…and who would of thought you could find it on Twitter?!? I highly recommend checking out Teaching Ideas on Twitter. They are always posting new ideas to do in your own class and it is run by teachers!

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Twitter Teaches Teachers

 

leadershipsel

 

Twitter has some wonderful things crawling all over it. Edutopia might be my favorite thing to follow on Twitter. Both the above tweets show the amazing information they can provide us. I am a huge promoter of Leadership and as I finish my Master’s new professional development opportunities always look promising. Check out Edutopia’s Twitter page to learn more about great things to do in and outside of your classroom…maybe you’ll learn something!

 

The Battle of Technology

Schools and Students Clash 

This is a response to the above posted article…

When reading this article I immediately thought of high school students trying to get onto Facebook during their study hall block and failing because of the firewall. Then I realized, if I had access to Facebook during the school day when I was a teen I would want to be on it too. There are many reasons schools block sites like Facebook and Twitter on their WiFi. But if students knew how to properly use these social media sites there would be no problem in having access to them, there would actually be benefits. 

Something that intrigues me is the popularity of Google in schools. The ease of Google docs and the use of the cloud is a huge benefit for schools. But where does the boundary lie…isn’t Google + just another social media site like Facebook? 

If we teach our students the proper way of using these social media sites (many of them already know) then we can use them to our advantage! 

 

BRAIN RULES

John Medina’s book just might be added to my ever growing book list. Coming from a background in Psychology, I have taken many neuroscience classes and love learning about how the brain works. Now being an elementary teacher how the brain changes as we grow is even more interesting to me. I encourage you to take a look at Medina’s website Brain Rules and see if you are as interested as me. 

SPEAK UP!!

Speak Up is extremely important for our education system! How can we better our education if we don’t listen to our students. Reading through the research done by the Speak Up National Research Project about technology use by our students and in our schools was intriguing. Something I always like to do after a new lesson or when I implement a new strategy is to get a sense of how my students felt. Knowing what students use technology, how much they use, when they use, what they use it for, and if they even have it available to them is extremely important for us as educators. The  whole myth theory is true! We are told that we are never going to be as tech savvy as our students. BUT WE CAN BE! We are the teachers…shouldn’t we be able to teach our students?! After reading this research is gets me pumped to incorporate technology into my classroom, but also teaches me to be aware of what my students are already doing with technology. We pre-assess our students before we teach them…we should pre-assess their ability to use technology.

Take a look…see if you become inspired…

Speak Up 2013