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world-shaker:


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.
(via Infographics)

world-shaker:

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.

(via Infographics)

A few posts that may be helpful for elementary teachers

Both of these are from Free Tech for Teachers.

It's not the whiteboard that's the problem ⇢

One viewpoint on interactive whiteboards being seen as expensive chalkboards. What are your thoughts?

The non-tech person's guide to using technology in the classroom ⇢

I think a lot of teachers at my school don’t try to use technology in the classroom because they aren’t 100% confident with it. Ask lots of questions beforehand, but try it even if you are still nervous- a lot of times, you won’t find out the pros and cons, kinks and bugs until you try it out. Check out this blogger’s tips by clicking the link.

Excellent teachers put one foot in front of the other when they are tired. They never check out though they sometimes space out. They may lose their minds but never their hearts. They know that sometimes the most valuable lessons they teach won’t show up on a test score and they teach them anyway. They do what is right not what is easy. Here’s to you teachers. You are the nobility among us.

- Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher (via coolcatteacher)

Tumblr Teachers: Learn from me. Back it up.

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.

Will my 3rd graders be 'educated' when they grow up? ⇢

A very thoughtful post from Powerful Learning Practice about the changing definition of education. Definitely worth the read- click through to read the rest.

ere’s the dilemma: With the world changing so rapidly, being educated takes on new meaning. First of all, I think even the word “educated” is outdated. It conveys the message that if you complete a certain number of steps or reach a certain level in the system of diplomas and degrees, you can relax and make a living from what you know. Not so today — the demand to master new knowledge and skills is neverending. If you want to be successful, you never finish your education.

So my mission (and I choose to accept it) is not to educate students, but to cultivate learners.

10 Tips for getting the most out of your summer break ⇢

A great, motivational post from the Cool Cat Teacher blog.

A reminder to teachers on Facebook (and the Internet):

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.”

Dear politicians considering year-round school,

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

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