Connect with Students: Getting and Staying In Touch with Every Student

An Every Classroom Matters Episode

Jennie Magiera teaches us how to connect with students on Every Classroom Matters.

How can we connect with our students every single day? Teacher Jennie Magiera reflects honestly about how she killed creativity but brought it back from the dead. She shares how a simple Google form changed everything about the relationship with her students. Her insights about kids working below grade level are helpful to every teacher […]

15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year

15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year is a graphic created by Austin Gagnier that has now taken on a new direction. As things happen now, Austin Gagnier created and tweeted a graphic.

Super sketchnoter Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) found it and made it into a sketchnote.

Use the “15 Things Every Teacher Should Try This Year” Sketchnote to Inspire Change

This photo is an encouraging, inspirational graphic to share with all of your teachers. (Learn more about sketchnoting if you want to try with the epic guide to sketchnoting.)

  • Print the graphic and put it in their box (old school can work)
  • Post the graphic in your break room
  • Share it on Facebook and Pinterest.
  • Talk about it in a staff meeting with your peers
  • Email it to your staff and challenge each person to pick one, try it, and share the results
  • Commit to try one new thing and share the results
  • Create your own 15 Things based upon your school’s toolkit (You could even sketchnote it.)

Inspiring change often happens when someone simply depicts options and lets others make a CHOICE. Kids like options and so do teachers. Kudos to Austin and Sylvia for giving us  a tool to inspire and help teachers choose to improve and change. Now get out there and be teacherpreneurs. Be craftsman of the teaching profession. That is who we are. Let’s do this!

Connecting Your Students with the World Book Review

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review (Eye on Education, 2015)

Overwhelmed teachers who want to collaborate globally are going to love Connecting Your Students with the World. This book designed especially for grades K-8 classrooms. I’m excited to review this book.

My favorite thing: The book organizes by month! You’ll see all the opportunities by month with links and information about the project. You’ll learn how to take part. There are tons of links and resources to get you started.

I knew when I saw this book several months ago that it was going to help lots of teachers and their students connect. Connecting isn’t always easy. Teachers are busy and don’t have time to ferret out what they need to do. This book makes it easier.

Connecting Your Students with the World

The authors of this book are often seen at conferences. (Sometimes one of them even wears a cape. 😉 Here we have (L-R) Billy Krakower, Jerry Blumengarten (the two pics in the middle) and Paula Naugle (right.) They are quite a team and have written a great book for teachers, Connecting Your Students to the World.

Mystery Location Calling How -To Guide

Some people call it Mystery Skype. Others call it Mystery FaceTime. They’re right, we should take the tool out of the name of the practice. We can connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Mystery Location Calling is the best way to get started. They’ve broken it down by how you get prepared. What you’ll do to connect. And the roles for all  the students (including many I’d never thought of but make such sense.)

It is worth the book just to have this handy guide.

Connecting Your Students to the World on Amazon

Monthly Projects and Activities

Connect your classroom! A child’s worldview will change. Everything changes. You can connect with the world much easier than you think possible.

With this book, you can plan your whole year. Although I teach high school, I’m going to use this book just to keep up with what is when.


And yes, the standards correlations for Common Core and ISTE are in there. So, if you need to meet a standard and want to do it with global collaboration (why not?), you can do it too.

My Book Review

Connecting Your Students with the World (K-8) is a must-purchase for all teachers in grades K-8 who want to collaborate globally. (Add it to your shelf along with Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. Flattening Classrooms teaches you how to plan and construct your projects!)

This book has:

  • The practicality of Paula Naugle,
  • The zest and energy of Billy Krakower and the
  • Incredible curation superpower of everyone’s favorite cybrary man, Jerry Blumengarten.

I hope this fantastic team cranks out some more books as helpful as this one.

I recommend this book for:

  • Elementary and middle school teachers (K-8)
  • Anyone who wants to do Mystery Location Calls
  • Curriculum directors
  • Anyone responsible for planning school-wide events and calendars. (Many principals do this job!)

Connecting Your Students with the World is a practical, useful book for teachers. I highly recommend it.

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Story of a Young Life Turned Around by Great Teachers

An Every Classroom Matters Episode

Kevin Honeycutt

Raised by an “alcoholic and an outlaw” father, Kevin Honeycutt grew up in poverty. He says childhood had many “midnight runs.” His Dad would let the kids pack their belongings in one trash bag each. Kevin was always the new kid. Foster homes. Extreme poverty. But someone saved him. It was his teachers. This episode […]

Epic Sketchnoting Resources: How to Get Started Teaching Sketchnoting

Useful Pedagogies and Tools for Educators

epic sketchnoting resources

Sketchnoting is not just an attractive way to take notes, it can improve retention and learning. These sketchnoting resources will get you started with your students.  You don’t have to have a ton of talent, just a little know-how. I’ll update these sketchnoting resources, so tweet me or leave a comment to add your favorites. […]

How to Get More Volunteers and Donors for Your School

An Every Classroom Matters Episode

Beth Kanter how to get volunteers and donors

Beth Kanter is a leading social media expert for nonprofits. She gives advice on how schools should manage their Facebook, Twitter, and social media efforts. Most schools need more volunteers and donors (or at least positive press). Schools can even motivate students to share positive things. Social media can help if you know how. Important […]

Improving the Education of Kids in Poverty and Other Helpful News

Hot Research, Trends, and Teacher Resources Today

Helpful Research Trends and Resources today

I’m going to be experimenting again with a news feature that I ran a few years back. I’ll summarize some of interesting research, trends, and helpful resources. Let me know in the comments if you like me bringing back this feature and if you find it useful. I plan to try this for a while […]

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

Technology Research and News

OECD report about technology

A recent Wall Street Journal Article is attracting attention. It found (gasp) using computers doesn’t give you better test scores. Technology in classrooms means little. Here’s why: “The report suggested that “we have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogues that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th […]

MATH FREEBIE ALERT: Awesome Foldables and Downloads from Sarah Hagan

Math = Love Blog

sarah-haganSarah Hagan is one busy math teacher from Oklahoma. Her site has:

  • Foldables
  • Templates
  • Bulletin Boards
  • Graphic Organizers

If you know any math teachers, this is one of those sites that is a MUST SHARE! Just scanning her site, I see Frayer models, integer operations work mat, downloadable mathematical research projects, college algebra real number line project, order of operations graphic organizer. All ages here.

Here’s where to follow her:

Tell every math teacher you know! Awesome! (What are your favorite places for freebies?)

Free Math resources from Sarah Hagan

Free math resources from Sarah Hagan

If You Don’t Know these 22 Things About Computer Security, You’re Headed for Trouble

Friendly Technology for Beginners

22 Things Everyone Should Know about Computer Security

We bank online. We buy things on our computers. But what do we know about computer security? Everything from our wills to our accounting software is on our home computers. But one drive around a neighborhood with my phone looking for hotspots, and I can see dozens of homes ready for a hacker to steal […]