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A couple posts from Free Tech for Teachers…

I share a lot of posts from Free Tech for Teachers because 1) I love new technology! and 2) Richard Byrne always has awesome things to share. Sometimes I find lots of his posts open as tabs on my browser, and instead of sharing them in separate posts, I throw ‘em all together. Here are my latest favorites:

Do you love to learn? ⇢


I look at the teachers with whom I work and the presenters at conferences which I attend and I see the difference passion makes. If they love what they do, their learners are infected by their enthusiasm.  If  it’s ‘ just a job’, it affects the whole learning experience.

If  we care about literature and love to read, we are more likely to foster a love of reading in our students. Teachers who are inquirers themselves will provoke curiosity in their learners. If we are thinkers ourselves, we can more effectively build a culture of thinking in our classes.

I think if teachers love to learn, they instil a love of learning in their students, without even trying.

Do you think you need to love learning to be a teacher?

I agree with this post 200%. Being a passionate lover of learning is one of the most important traits any teacher needs to possess. In fact, the bulk of the philosophy statement I wrote in college centered around this belief. However, this year I’ve come to learn that there is more to it than just loving learning. I’ll write more on this when I post my end of the year reflections.

If you aren’t following What Ed Said, you should. She works in a PYP school in Australia, so she often offers a new perspective. If you look at nothing else, check out her 10 Ways series. Fantastic.

So what do you think: Do you think you need to love learning to be a teacher?

I think it is a very important quality. Most of what I implement in the classroom is driven from my own reading and Internet-searching, driven because I want to learn about it. Teaching depends so much on what the teacher is preparing outside of the classroom- and the amount of preparation can vary greatly. A drive to learn can often drive lesson improvement.

Some good resources on self-control ⇢

Larry Ferlazzo always posts great lesson advice and resources. Here are some related to helping your students develop/maintain self control.


This is one of the first compelling uses I’ve seen of Prezi, though I’m still underwhelmed by the software.

(via Thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool by Paul Hill on Prezi)

Ok, world-shaker, now I am convinced I’m the female you… I like Prezi, but have also felt underwhelmed by it. My laptop trackpad also really hated using it. Recently, one of the teachers in my school had her students make Prezis, and I’m interested to see how that turned out.

I definitely need to see more examples like this with Prezi. I feel it’s pretty easy to turn it into a flashy Powerpoint.

I wanted to say "Thank you" for all the great work you do here on Tumblr. Your posts are incredible (you know how to find the goods!), and your OC is outstanding. I'm really glad we have the chance to work together on Team Teachers.

Also, I'm convinced you may be the female me. Maybe with fewer pictures of baby animals.

Thanks for the wildly generous compliment! I feel very lucky to be working with you (and the others) involved with Team Teachers. Also, I may be the female you… the baby animals thing can be easily fixed.

Graduation Advice: Take Charge of Your Student Loans ⇢

Sharing this for those of us on Tumblr with student loans, or to share with your students who are entering college soon. Many students don’t realize the heft of student loans until the first bill hits them.

USA Today

Ins & Outs of Using Gadgetry: The Big Book of Basic Technology Knowledge ⇢

Thanks Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this article. Recently, at a technology workshop, I had to keep reminding a teacher how to open a new tab. Apparently the author of this article has had similar experiences. You should read this even if you know technology basics… I was able to learn a thing or two.

This week, for example, a reader asked me about those weird, square, pixelated black-and-white bar codes that are cropping up on billboards, movie posters, signs, magazine ads and business cards. Nobody ever bothered to explain them. (They’re QR codes — quick response bar codes. You can scan them with your iPhone’s or Android phone’s camera, using a special app that translates it into an ad or takes you to a related Web page.)

That interaction made me realize that it’s time to publish the first installment of what should be the Big Book of Basic Technology Knowledge — the prerequisite for using electronics in today’s society. Some may seem basic, but you’ll probably find at least a couple of “I didn’t know thats!” among them.

The New York Times

7 Technology Alternatives to Standard Homework Assignments ⇢


Standard Homework Assignment: Create a poster board over a book/person/event.
Technology Alternative: Create a Glog using Glogster for Education

Standard Homework Assignment: Find an article about a certain topic (Current Event maybe) and bring into class with a write up discussing the content
Technology Alternative: Have students find that article online and post a link to it on a blog or wallwisher wall discussing the content. Share the blog/wall in class the following day.

Click the link for more!

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

- Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Novice Teacher: A step before the referral ⇢


Here is a common, sticky situation when subbing:

A kid is acting up in your class; he/she is being disrespectful to the point that it’s just not ok. Perhaps the kid is cursing or threatening another student, maybe even being violent… the list can go on. The problem is you’re a sub, and no one has…


Who I am: A fourth year high school history teacher at an urban(ish) high school in New Jersey.

What I blog about: Stuff related to education I like, and stuff I hope can help other teachers out. Technology, deals on supplies, helpful books. My focus lately is on educational technology & related resources. Occasionally, I also post things related to education reform. Because I post articles that I feel will be of interest to teachers with varying views, the political-related posts made here do not necessarily reflect my beliefs or opinions, nor do they reflect the beliefs of my employer.

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