5.29.18 Tuesday Tips for Educators

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The school year is coming to an end and at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School our teachers use constant innovative lessons and units that are in line with our strategic plan and vision, never forgetting the whole child and importance of nurturing relationships. Creating a culture of trust and innovation is at the heart of it all.

Tip #1 What’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story?

In a media-rich society what are the effects of auditory only, animation, and imagery and voice storytelling? The author uses the Goldilocks effect to classify each one. One is too cold, one is too hot, one is just right. Which one do you think it is?

Tip #2 Strong Conferencing Practices Help Kindergarteners Learn to Advocate for Themselves

Michayla Bell, Kindergarten teacher,  shares her experience with conferencing. What stood out for me were her following words: “Regardless of the purpose of the conference, in order to be effective, trust is key, so I need to build a strong relationship with all of my students and be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. That sets me up to make sure my time with each child positively impacts their learning.”

Tip #3 6 Ways to Build a Culture of Empathy

Trevor Bryan and Rich Czyz from Four O’Clock Faculty  came up with another great visual sharing ways to build a culture of empathy, either in the classroom or in school as a general. It is all about relationships!

Tip #4 Classroomscreen

Customize your screen with needs for the classroom! Quickly get a timer, textarea, drawing tool, name picker, work symbols and more. Completely free!

 

Tuesday Tips and Innovation in Action

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Innovation at SSEDS Spotlight

Tip #1 Creating Classroom Posters with Adobe Spark Post by Dr. Monica Burns

Have you ever had the need to make a poster? On her blog, ClassTechTips, Monica provides an easy to follow guide on how to use Adobe Spark Post, as well as several possibilities of what you could use it for in the classroom: posters, anchor charts, graphics, etc. 
My second tip of the week comes from Monica’s blog as well. We use the Book Creator App quite a bit at school and this new feature even enhances the possibilities. Make sure to check it out!

Tip #3  G Suite Update: Find Shared Content with New File Organization in Google Drive

You can now see people listed in ‘Shared with Me’ and click on the documents they’ve shared with you. 

Tip #4  Join Dr. Kari Stubbs on Digital Citizenship for our monthly 30 minutes Twitter chat: #ShiftinEdu – Monday, March 12 @8:00 pm EST.

Our monthly Twitter Chat focuses on innovative practices in schools. This week’s moderator is Dr. Kari Stubbs, VP @brainPop, board member @edcampusa, and former @ISTE board member. The topic she will lead is Digital Citizenship: “How might we empower students to be better digital citizens – smark, kind, and secure online?”