The first day of school is the single best opportunity to lay a foundation for the rest of the year. For new teachers it may feel overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be!
My first year, I was so nervous on my first day of school! To be honest, I still get nervous on the first day. But I have learned a lot, after making a lot of mistakes!
It is time to conquer the first day of school with these five bell-to-bell steps!
- Set expectations before students enter the room – start in the hall
- Use a seating chart
- Assign something to do as soon as students come in
- Give an Open Note Quiz on what they learn
- Do a fun group activity!!
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Using an Escape Room in the classroom is a super fun way to engage your students in any topic. But you do not need to spend countless hours making one, nor do you need to buy locks and boxes.
It is easy to turn (almost) any worksheet into an Escape Room!
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Teachers everywhere are using Google Forms in the classroom for making self-graded assessments. But Google Forms can be used for so much more!
Continue reading “Seven NEW Ways to Use Google Forms In the Classroom”
Are you looking for a way to reduce conflict in your classroom? Want to improve student behavior? Increase student learning and motivation? Better classroom management?
All of these dreams can come true (or at least get closer to reality) with one simple change to your daily routine.
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Digital portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and progress throughout the year. You or your students can easily create digital portfolios using Google Forms.
For the teacher, this is an excellent way to track growth and keep a collection of assignments as data.
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Regular self reflection is a powerful tool for motivating students to do their best. It is also great tool for encouraging a growth mindset.
Using Google Forms will make self reflection easy, and give your students (and you) quick access to valuable data.
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Do you have a student who gets overwhelmed by long assignments? Maybe all your students do! Sometimes its good to take long assignments and break them down, step by step.
Google Forms is a great way to do this!
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Information is important! Data about student behavior is so helpful when deciding how best to help our students.
But, to be honest, when I am in the middle of teaching, or helping other students, it is hard to stop everything and record student behavior.
Google Forms makes data collection a breeze!
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Your students have created amazing digital work, but how do they get it to you? Turning it in via email means you have to wade through all of your normal emails to find the ones your students sent.
If you are anything like me….you end up missing a few, and spending extra time hunting them down!
But no longer! Google Forms to the rescue again!
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Blended Learning is the answer to so many common challenges and frustrations for teachers. Blended Learning will transform the way you teach, and the way your students learn. It will…
- Increase student engagement
- Help you differentiate like never before
- Give you more class time
- Allow ‘you’ to be with every student at one time – they can even take you home
And the best part? It is easy!
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