Since this blog basically devolves into a personal blog [no teaching stories, etc] over the summer, I want to add some useful educational content and links. I’ll be using the tag #professional development if it’s articles or resources that are more general knowledge rather than specific ideas [track #teaching ideas if you are not!].
If you haven’t explored Prezi yet, please do so this summer. This link is some tips on how to make your Prezis even better. :)
WeTxt is a free, group text messaging service that allows you to send free group text messages from your phone or from the web. It also includes free reply-to-all messages, 2-way text messaging between cell, email, and the web, a mobile calendar with text reminders and text message only games.
Click through for more details on how you could use it in your classroom!@
I might try this out…But I would only use it for e-mail not text
You know what’s exhausting? Preparing PowerPoints, presentations and other lectures! Guess what? You don’t have to do this all the time. Yes, there is a time and a place for a lecture or direct instruction, but there is also a place for a variety of strategies to have students take ownership of content learning. Use jigsaw techniques, games that teach, reciprocal teaching and other effective strategies that put students in the driver’s seat of learning. Move from sage of the stage to guide on the side. While all lessons require preparation and planning, a variety of lesson types can not only keep your students interested, but also keep you energized to try new ways of teaching.
I gave out a research project this week and one of my students said, “teachers don’t even teach these days.” I just ignore it.
How do you see to avoid teacher burnout? What advice do you have for others?