Gamifying Assessments- The Easy Way

During a recent team meeting we discussed students' lack of excitement about both existing formative and summative math assessments (which we now call "Celebrations"- because who doesn't like to have a party?!) Thinking critically about what we can do to increase student motivation and involvement, the answer came immediately to me- Make it a game! I … Continue reading Gamifying Assessments- The Easy Way

Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Digital Citizen

  In this blog post, I discuss and provide tools and ideas for classroom implementation of the second standard for students, “Digital Citizen”. If you would like to read the blog post for the first standard (Empowered Learner), click here. For more background information about the new standards, read my blog post “Talking Tech: The … Continue reading Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Digital Citizen

Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Empowered Learner

  In this blog post, I discuss and provide tools and ideas for the first standard for students, “Empowered Learner”. Future blog posts will include appropriate tools for the other six standards. If you would like to get some background information about the new standards, please read my previous blog post “Talking Tech: The New … Continue reading Talking Tech: The New 2016 ISTE Standards for Students: Empowered Learner

Lab: Separating Materials

For the summative task of our recent Unit of Inquiry (“Matter and Materials”) I wanted to get students engaged in a fun hands-on experiment. One of my colleagues suggested I do the “Cream to Butter” experiment (OK, I made up the name…). After researching the experiment and seeing the wonderful possibilities, I decided to take it … Continue reading Lab: Separating Materials

Guide: Become a Google Certified Educator

As educators, no matter if we are teachers, teaching assistants, coaches, or administrators, we use technology every day. We send and receive eMail messages; share assignments with students or communicate with parents; schedule appointments; create presentations; create, analyze and share data; and so on. Google for Education is a leader in the field, and the … Continue reading Guide: Become a Google Certified Educator

TechTalk- 3 Effective Tools to Change a Classroom from Boring to Magnificent (Part 1)

Too often we stand in front of our students and lecture, recite familiar words that put them to sleep, make them work through endless boring worksheets, and quiz them to death. With just a few simple tools, you can transform a day in your classroom into an interactive and fun experience for your students, and make … Continue reading TechTalk- 3 Effective Tools to Change a Classroom from Boring to Magnificent (Part 1)

Differentiation Workshop to Local Ethiopian Teachers

I am very fortunate that my international school has such a strong and positive relationship with our local community. Last weekend I had the fortune to participate in professional development workshops, teachers at my school were giving toteachers of our local partner school, Mekdela. The differences between the schools are obvious (and unfortunate). One is a wealthy international … Continue reading Differentiation Workshop to Local Ethiopian Teachers

Differentiation Workshop to Local Ethiopian Teachers

I am very fortunate that my international school has such a strong and positive relationship with the local community. One of the rewarding opportunities I had was last weekend's professional development workshops we gave the local Mekdela school teachers. The differences between the schools are obvious (and unfortunate). One is a wealthy international school serving sons … Continue reading Differentiation Workshop to Local Ethiopian Teachers