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Sketch and Tell Bumper Sticker Template for Vocabulary Practice

 I am NOT a big fan of using technology for technologies sake. Instead, I am a fan of infusing technology with sound pedagogy. If you have been on social media lately, you have read a lot about the Sketch and Tell strategy developed by Eduprotocols . I really love this protocol for several reasons! First, sketching and telling can be used on any device and with almost any application. Some of the most popular applications are PearDeck, Google Slides, Google Drawings, PowerPoint, and Keynote.  Secondly, students have options for expressing their knowledge with different mediums, such as text, diagrams, and illustrations.  The Sketch and Tell Bumper Sticker Vocabulary is an important aspect of learning in any classroom. Although it may sound like common sense, research has demonstrated that academic performance and vocabulary knowledge are linked.  With this idea in mind, I developed the following template in Google Drawings for students to use different methods to define vocabulary.  Wa

Easy 1, 2, 3: Create Your Own Accessible Book with Slides

Did you know that you can make your own accessible online textbook for students using Google Slides? Whether you are using it for a day, week, unit, or entire year, it's pretty easy. Check out the content below or watch my helpful video.  Step 1: Add Content First, open up Google Slides and begin adding text to your slides. It may be helpful to use a slide format that would reduce the amount of text on your slides, such as a single or double text format.  Step 2: Accessibility Tips and Tricks Next, you will want to begin thinking about making your book more accessible to all types of learners. Here are some ideas: Adjust the Font! Consider increasing the font size to make text easier to read. It may also be helpful to use formatting tools like bold, italics, highlights, and different font colors for text to stand out! Use emojis as a way for text to stand out! This is great for making information or important instructions to stand out. The Joypixels Emoji Keyboard  Chrome Extension

Choose Your Own! 3 Choice Board Templates to Use in Any Classroom

Are you interested in creating your own choice board, but don't know where to start or don't have the time? In my previous post, I had mentioned 4 ways to design effective choice boards ; however, the following post provides you with three templates to get started on choice boards: Center Tic Tac Toe Choice Board The 4 Course Menu Choice Board Gamified Choice Board NOTE : Effective choice boards provide students with opportunities to be flexible in the process of learning or developing a product. How will you provide students with flexibility in the product or process?  Board 1: Center Tic-Tac-Toe Board Choice boards often take the form of tic tac toe boards. Although it is helpful to provide students with options, there may be times when you want all students to access  the same material, such as a required article, video, etc.  The Center Tic-Tac-Toe board has students get started in the same place - the center square on the board. After they have completed the task, students

4 Ways to Design Effective Choice Boards

Choice boards are a great way of infusing student choice and voice into your classroom. You might think of them as tic tac toe assignment boards; however, there are a variety of different formats to choose from: Lists Tic tac toe boards Gameboards Menus Scavenger hunts Check out my video for more information  or read below!    In my experience, effective choice boards have several things in common: 1. Goal-Oriented - effective choice boards are goal-oriented, meaning that they have a purpose and are aligned to measuring important skills and concepts. Check out my example of learning about Texas! 2. Engaging - choice boards are engaging, offer a balance of rigor and relevance paired with student autonomy and reflection. Check out my example of the 1893 World's Fair menu.  3. Flexibility - effective choice boards are flexible in the product or process of learning.  We are often familiar with something that is flexible in the product , meaning you have the option of creating a fin

Toy Theatre: Virtual Manipulatives for the Elementary Classroom

 I am a big fan of virtual manipulatives and hands-on learning opportunities for students in the classroom. When students have the opportunity to interact with content in different ways, it helps solidify abstract concepts into meaningful learning experiences.  Toy Theatre is a great place to get virtual manipulatives and resources for a variety of subject areas geared towards the elementary classroom.  If you are teaching virtually, Toy Theatre could provide a variety of learning options to help students learn multiplication and division, alphabetical order, symmetry, and more! Want to see this tool in action? Check out my video : 

2 Minute Crash Course on Zoom Breakout Rooms

Want to step up your game on Zoom? Why not try creating Breakout Rooms? Breakout Rooms are a helpful way to break students out in discussion or instructional groups. One teacher that I know is creating a room for each of her students so that she can have one-on-one instruction with them.  Need to learn how to do this fast? Check out my 2-minute tutorial below :