Both of these are from Free Tech for Teachers.
This site will provide you with links, ideas, tips, and much more for supporting the use of infographics as an assessment option in the classroom. The site has three informational pages, linked on the right.
- The first page provides a list of links to support my infographics presentation.
- The second page includes a Google Form for you to add your own ideas, practices, or links to information you have found.
- The third page provides contact information for me, in case you have ideas, suggestions, criticisms, witticisms, or just want to chat!
Great little gem over here on using Infographics as Assessments.
Your grades, that is.
I asked fairly recently if Tumblr Teachers who use online gradebooks also keep a hard copy. A lot of you said no. I use an online gradebook and keep a hard copy, even though I’m not required to. BOY did that come in handy today.
It was bound to be a rough day, Tumblr: I guess I forgot to set my alarm. I got up at 5:30 when I am supposed to get up at 4:45. What did I learn? I probably could have gotten a lot of extra sleep this year, because I got ready in time anyway.
During school today, I’m trying to fix up my (online) gradebook since the year is winding down and final grades will be due soon. There’s one assignment that most of my classes did, but one period did not do because of scheduling conflicts. The assignment is still in that period’s gradebook so the assignments for all of my classes stay aligned (this makes operating our grading system easier).
I go to excuse the whole period from the assignment. We have this handy “autofill grade” option where you can fill every students’ input box with the same grade- so I put in EX for excused.
Except instead of choosing Autofill (This one assignment), I accidentally choose Autofill ALL Assignments.
All my grades were gone.
After about 30 seconds of WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY and frantic searching for an “undo” button, I decide to just input all of my grades again- since I keep a hard copy.
I don’t know if there would have been a way for someone to have brought back my previous grades, but I’m guessing it would have been a pain in my butt to find out. Was it a pain in the butt to re-input all of my grades? Yeah, it took about 40 minutes. But I would have been stressing a lot more without my hard copy.
So Tumblr teachers- your gradebook. Back it up.
Image from Wikipedia.
Since my students were brutally honest today.
My 6th period class is obsessed with finding out how old I am. I joke around with them but don’t tell them now because it’s been an ongoing thing. They brought it up again today.
Student 1: “Ms. D I found you on Facebook!” she immediately covered her mouth with her hands.
I have it set so people cannot search for me, so I asked how she was able to find it.
"I searched for (other teacher with whom I am friends on Facebook) and looked through his friends! I couldn’t see anything on your profile though."
Student 2: “YEAH and I Googled you to find your birthday but I couldn’t find it.”
Please remember there are schools that exist that were built in the 1950s and do not have central (or window, or any) air conditioning. It is the end of May in southern NJ and it is in the 90s today. My classroom faces the sun directly. It is a sauna. I was sweating at 7:30 this morning. The students have difficulty concentrating and I do not think they are consuming enough water. Also, the amount of water I can drink is limited as I only get to pee once every 45 minutes. I don’t necessarily have anything against year-round school and understand that there are studies that find students retain more this way-this is just what comes to my mind first when I think of schools in July and August.
Just a friendly reminder from your sweaty and dehydrated teacher friend :)
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