Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Reddit gifts for Teachers 2014

Do you know about Reddit? My friend called pinterest the lady version of reddit.

Reddit ”is an entertainment, social networking service and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Only registered users can then vote submissions “up” or “down” to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits (From wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit).”

Part of reddit is for gift exchanges and they host one once a year for teachers. You can sign up to give to teachers or to receive as a teacher. 

Last year I signed up and got some gifts. Check out the post here.

To sign up, please click here.

Free Teacher Planner

Hey guys,

Last year I really wanted to buy a teaching planner but didn’t want to spend the money and found that all of the premade ones didn’t fit my schedule or what I wanted.

So I created my own! It has:

  • fun, inspiration cover
  • place for your info
  • spot for birthdays
  • classroom volunteers
  • student/parent contact information
  • How students get home
  • monthly calendar
  • at a glance monthly teaching benchmarks
  • pages for staff & grade meetings
  • and Notes/ideas pages

For some reason, uploaded onto Google Docs it messes up the pages, so you may have to play around with it a bit. When you download it to Word, the alignment is perfect.

Click here for the Google Drive version or here for the pdf version.

Make sure you print this planner double sided!

Here are some pictures of the planner.

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“Passionate Learners” by Pernille Ripp

Wow, I just finished Pernille’s new book “Passionate Learners” in 2 days. What an amazingly written, non-judgemental, hopeful look at what teaching can be.

I love that she admits her mistakes that she is not proud of but moves onto how this didn’t feel right and now what she has done to fix it.

This book is about how to go from rewards and punishments, grades & teacher-led classrooms to a passionate, feedback filled and student-led classroom.

I’ve had a different teaching experience than most. My first teaching placement was at a normal elementary school but my second placement was at Churchill Alternative. I had no idea what the Alternative meant and when I showed up on the first day and told a student to sit down and take off his hat, he responded “We don’t do that here.” I quietly sat down and took this different teaching environment in.

Churchill Alternative is a school where the students, teachers and parents work together to teach the whole child. They focus on intrinsic motivation, community, cooperation and goal making. They believe in innovated and differentiated learning as well as assessment that meets the students created learning goals. Churchill Alternative has been my home base for the last 7 years of my teaching journey. I have been a supply teacher, had many Long Term Occasional positions but I always ended back at Churchill. Churchill Alternative has this amazing sense of community & partnership, and the most responsible, helpful and respectful children. I have created many friendships with the amazing staff at Churchill who I always will look up to.

This book is about making your own Churchill in your own classroom. I have seen the affects of passionate learning at Churchill and the outcome is unlike any other I have experienced yet.

Pernille gives you ideas about how to create this classroom for yourself but doesn’t give you a step by step guide. Every classroom and group is different. You have to figure out what will work for the group you have now.

You have to make sure:

  • you create a community
  • the classroom is focused on the students
  • students create the class expectations, no rules
  • no grades, only feedback
  • classroom meetings
  • no punishments or rewards, have a conversation instead
  • fun, engaging activities planned with the students
  • creating routines with your students
  • really, really get to know your students
  • be present & listen

This book is a definite must read. I have only just finished it, but going to go through it again and figure out how I can try this out next year.

If you would love to buy this book, click here or to know more about the amazing Pernille Ripp, who is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud, click here.

I know that since I started my blog, ClassromCollective.com I have become so passionate about teaching and technology. I want all my future students to feel that same sense of passion.