The article in this tweet is one that every educator every where should read. A question often thrown around in the world of teaching is “what’s the best way to engage my students?” This question could have many answers, all of which could be unique to each classroom. The author of this article surveyed 220 eight graders to see what really engaged them in the classroom, and I think the results are quite helpful. Although these ten suggestions are from eighth graders, I think most of them apply to students of all ages. Working with their peers, with technology, and with real world examples were the top three responses. As we’ve learned from most of our classes this semester, technology and real world examples/project-based learning are two of the big focus points in schools right now. We’re being taught to put as much of both of those in our lesson plans as possible, because as this article proves, students enjoy them and if students are enjoying learning, they will most likely have a better understanding of it. One of my favorite tips this article offers is “clearly love what you do.” I strongly believe that everyone in my cohort loves what they do and will be phenomenal teachers for that reason, but there are other teachers out there who need to realize that their attitude in the classroom and towards the coursework strongly influences the student’s attitude about learning. The other tops were get me out of my seat, bring in visuals, student choice, understand your clients– the kids (!!!!), mix it up, and most importantly, be human. Don’t be afraid to have fun in the classroom and don’t fret if something doesn’t go as planned, after all, we are all human.
This next tweet I found also discusses student involvement in the classroom and how we as educators can get them to speak up. One fear of mine, knowing I’ll have my own class in the future, is that they won’t participate and I’ll have those awkward moments where I ask a question and no one responds way too frequently. This tweet includes a simple poster with five questions to help get your students to be more involved and vocal in the classroom. I hope that when I have my own class, things will flow smoothly and we’ll always have great discussions, but I know that would be too good to be true, so having this as a resource would be quite helpful.
I’m super excited about this tweet I found. It’s basically a review about this new technology-robot-ball-thing called Sphero. I had no idea what it was when I clicked on the article, and after watching the first promotional video for it, I watched all the others in the playlist. If I wasn’t a broke college student, I would definitely have ordered one tonight. After watching the video I wasn’t really sure how it was connected to education, but as I read the article I saw how it could be a really innovative and creative way to teach things like programming. There are many apps associated with Sphero and many of them allow you to program the ball yourself and then see how it affects its movements right in front of you. They also just released a new program called Sphero for Education which includes lessons on rate and time and geometry and percentages. It also offers a ton of examples of how other educators are using their Sphero’s in their classrooms. I would love to get my hands on one of these, and hopefully have one (or like twenty 😀 ) in my future classroom.