Welcome back everyone! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation as much as I did (a lot) and are feeling refreshed and ready to teach and learn. What better way to start the year than with Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. In this article by Katrina Schwartz from the MindShift blog, you’ll learn about four key concepts to talk to your students about early in the school year.
1. Power Researching – it’s important to teach our students how to find the information they need. The internet provides a vast wealth of knowledge but students need to learn which questions to ask. The article provides ideas for helping students search like learning more about Google Operators, the words that define HOW Google searches.
2. Meaningful Contributions – learning is impacted in a huge way when students realize their work can mean something to others. Provide your students with options that help them make a meaningful contribution to others. Blogging with your class is a great way to accomplish this by providing an infinite audience for your students’ work throughout the year. Check out my previous post on Blogging … in MATH Class for some ideas.
3. Their Passions – when students are working on something they are passionate about, the world opens up to them. If you can inspire your students to start a project now that they can build on throughout the year, they will accomplish some amazing things. Look for my post later this year on using Minecraft in the Classroom to see the work of students with some serious passion.
4. A Learning Ecology – be a co-learner with your students. Take risks and show them what life long learning looks like. I hope I can help you with that part by sharing some fun, interactive, engaging options for using technology to help support teaching and learning in your classroom this year.
Enjoy your first week back!