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Reflective Teaching:30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 26

Day 26

What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching?

Twitter: Twitter is my go to if I have questions or just want to see what the current trends are. Also, joining in an edchat about something you are interested in or a grade specific chat is a great way to learn or ask questions. For a list of edchats, go here.

Teacherspayteachers: teacherspayteachers is a great site for paid or free classroom decorations, worksheets, centers and so much more.

Pernille Ripp’s blog: I read Pernille’s book “Passionate Learner” and it has changed my teaching. I constantly question my teaching techniques and am trying to provide more choice and get rid of rewards and consequences in my classroom. It’s not an easy task but one that I know is possible because of her. She always has thought provoking posts and is an essential read for me.

Reflective Teaching:30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 24

Day 24

Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.)

The learning trend I’m most excited about right now is collaborating with other classes around the world using twitter, blogging, and skype. They are such amazing learning tools for students to see how other students live, what they experience and that they have in common or see their differences.

Reflective Teaching:30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 23

Day 23

Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.

I think the best way that I involve community in my classroom is my class website Last year I had a class website but unfortunately my board wouldn’t allow comments on the site. This year we have comments enabled, we have our own twitter account and most of my class has their own students blogs that they are learning how to use. I’m excited about the interactions that will happen!

Reflective Teaching:30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 22

Day 22

What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?

My PLN is amazing. I first started my website Classroom Collective after a really bad interview. I decided that I would never get into an interview and feel overwhelmed with what I didn’t know ever again. This started my journey with Twitter, blogging, and my PLN. I slowly gained and followed other educators on Twitter and was blown away with everything I was reading and learning. I always ask my PLN questions and almost every time at least one person responds with advice or a link.

Another part of my PLN that I’m in love with right now is Comment Consortium aka #comcon. This idea was started by Shauna Pollock. Check out her original post here. I immediately joined not sure if I keep up the requirements of blogging once per month and commenting on everyone else’s blogs. It has been running since before the beginning of school and I’m really enjoying it. You read each others blogs and comment and you feel supported, validated and willing to try new things. I’m so thrilled that I’m in this group with these amazing educators who really make me think, question and reflect on what and how I’m teaching everyday. I’m blessed.

Reflective Teaching:30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 20

Day 20

How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves?

Choices! I am trying this year to always provide my students with choices. Choices in when, where and how they do their work. I’m also starting using I can statements so I’m hoping to start by giving them choices and then slowly give them control. Since I’m teaching grade 1 & 2 this will probably take most of the year.

Reflective Teacher : 30 day blogging challenge Day 18

Day 18

Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes teaching. For example, a “teacher is a ________…”

I would say that being a teacher is being a juggler. You have many many balls up in the air and you have to balance them all at once without dropping any. This is definitely really hard to do at first but if you keep on practicing, you learn how to do it well.



Reflective Teacher: 30 day blogging challenge for teachers Day 14

Day 14

What is feedback for learning, and how well do you give it to students?

Feedback for learning is letting the student know how they are doing on a specific task in order for them to improve on it. In order for feedback to be effective it needs to be timely, specific to the task at hand, and a small manageable goal. 

Feedback is something that I’m working on this year. I created a conference form that I’m going to complete with my students. To see a post I wrote on the conference form, check it out here. Right now I’m just seeing what they need to improve on. Then, I will meet with them and talk to them about some things that I see that they are really good at and some things need to be improved. Then, together, we will choose a small manageable goal that they are going to work on. We will meet back in a week or so and see how it is going. 

Since I teach Grade 1/2, our first goal will be to properly write their name in upper and lower case letters.

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