If you find it necessary to create some type of art for your classroom, maybe you should try BigHugeLabs. This site has some great project options for you. It offers projects like the motivator you see illustrated here on the page. You create movie posters, jigsaw puzzles, badges and much more. The best thing about it is, that it's free. Every teachers favorite price.
A Grading Strategy
When you hand back assignments do your students just look at their grade and then throw it away?What if you could turn that around and make graded assignments apart of their learning process?Watch this video and see how Leah Alcala has done it in her math class. I think it would work in any subject class. The thing I also liked was that she really got to know her student's level of understanding. What a game changer this could be.
If you are looking for a tool to help your students collaborate or brainstorm ideas, try padlet. Padlet is similar to pinterest and its free. Padlet allows users to express their thoughts on any topic in any format available. (e.g. images, videos, documents, text), anywhere, and on any device. You can also costumize the padlet with beautiful wallpapers and themes. Each padlet can be shared with specific people or to the world and its edited in real time. This is a great tool to get your students to work together. Take a tour here: padlet.com
By Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Children thrive when teachers:
- Sincerely like them and believe in their worth
- Are dedicated to helping children learn
- Are enthusiastic about teaching and inspire their students
- Are prepared, consistent and firm
- Provide a nurturing, safe environment
- Accept themselves as imperfect and freely admit to making mistakes
- Model fairness, honesty and dependability
- Listen carefully and give recognition freely
- Are sensitive and respectful of children's individual differences
- Provide an opportunity for children to help formulate classroom rules
- Help children feel important by allowing them to make choices
- Have clear, high, reasonable expectations for children's work
- Acknowledge children's efforts and successes no matter how small
- Stress that it is okay to make mistakes because they are a natural part of learning
- Avoid threats, sarcasm, favoritism and pity
- Focus on solutions to problems rather than on punishment
- Teach children how to solve their problems peacefully by listening to each other and by compromising
- Provide opportunities for children to encourage and applaud one another
- Involve parents or guardians as partners in their children's education
- Invite them to dream, share goals, and to think of themselves as being successful
This was made using a free website, https://www.animatron.com/landing. It allows you to create free animated clips. You could use those clips to illustrate a concept, give students a chance to present material in a different format, or just have fun like I did. Since this is a web based program you also don't need to install any specific software, or use a certain type of computer.
For all the Star Wars Geeks
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