Making Math Meaningful with Virtual Math Manipulatives

Use technology to help you teach math

virtual math manipulatives

Use the real world to teach without the mess of physical manipulatives. In brief, virtual math manipulatives are powerful tools for math teachers everywhere. On the whole, many teachers don’t understand how to use them. So, today, you’ll get a simple tour of virtual math manipulatives from expert David Wees. In light of the fact that NCTM […]

FREE WEBINAR: 9 Ways Writing Has Been Reinvented in the Classroom

Join me, August 25 at 7pm EDT

Writing has been reinvented. Learn about the tools, techniques and writing tips that are changing everything. Thursday, August 25, 7pm EDT The webinar is live and free. As with the other webinars, I’ll be recording and posting this on the store. Check out my book Reinventing Writing.  

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

Every Classroom Matters episode 210

What is competency based learning?

New Hampshire and educator John Martin are at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. In today’s show, we’ll give you an overview of competency-based learning including some of the benefits and the problems. Whatever your school situation, by having teachers agree upon standard competencies that students master, schools can be more certain of what […]

Teach Writing Skills: Using Powerful Prompts to Inspire Students to Write

Every Classroom Matters episode 178 with John Spencer

Teach Writing Skills with Writing Prompts John Spencer write about

Writing should be exciting. You can teach writing skills with powerful multimedia based prompts and ideas, a global audience, and easy to use tools. John Spencer has the data to show that kids write more using this method. Important Takeaways How can reluctant writers get excited about writing? Why we should use multimedia writing IDEAS (not prompts.) […]

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.

Standards

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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EPISODE 142: What If Everybody Understood Child Development? [PODCAST]

An Interview with Every Classroom Matters Guest, Rae Pica

Rae Pica is joining a cacophony of voices calling the US national standards for kindergarteners as “developmentally inappropriate” and “unrealistic.” In her new book, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children’s Lives, Rae shares a composite of opinions and research that gives voice to the children being pushed to […]

Making Learning Fun: Engaging Students with Imagination with @teachheath

Jeromie Heath engages students by dressing up. Some days he’s Super Mario or a Mad Scientist — other days he’s a pirate. He was even a finalist for People’ Magazine’s teacher of the year (see the video to believe his classroom — notice the standards on the wall – yes, they are still there.) He engages students by […]

Meet Schools Where Data Driven Instruction Drives Achievement

How data driven instruction drives achievement webinar

If you’re struggling to figure out how to make assessment part of your data driven instruction, there are two great companies who, in my opinion (and that of many others) exemplify this model.  I think that teachers are hungry for what really works and to know how other teachers are doing it. No matter what […]

5 Ways to Leverage Technology to Meet Common Core Standards @techsavvyed

Ben Rimes talks about connecting technology and Common Core standards.  As a Technology Coordinator in Michigan, Ben is passionate about technology in the classroom, digital storytelling, and social media. Add Ben Rimes to your PLN @techsavvyed The Tech Savvy Educator Show Notes: Ben Rimes – #61 – Five Ways to Leverage Technology to Meet the Common […]

6 Reading Comprehension Problems and What to Do About Them

6 reading comprehension problems and what to do about it

High school history has a tremendous obstacle to learning — getting students enthusiastic about reading difficult texts. When I teach World History to my 9th graders, I have come up with a list of 6 common challenges I face when trying teach reading comprehension. Here’s a glimpse into how I meet these 6 challenges and […]