Top Posts for Teachers This Week

News and Trends: Sunday, November 22, 2015

This was a busy week at my school. Kids weren't too excited to be there but we got so much done anyway. Friday was capped off with sharing with each student something that makes them special. The response was amazing from parents but it was about the students. Every student needs to know they matter. But you can only tell each student how they are unique if you KNOW THEM. You must have a relationship. That is what teaching is about anyway! Relationship first, then learning can happen.

Top Education blog posts for teachers this week

1. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn His Day Around

Inspired by a comment Kevin Honeycutt made on my show and enhanced with Sylvia Duckworth's sketchnote, what a great discussion for so many schools to be having! This was #2 on last week's list.

10 Ways to Flip a Kid - Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

2. 8 Ways to Level Up Game Based Learning in the Classroom

Worksheets with points doesn't work. But authentic games do. Full of real classroom examples and great books to read, this blog post is hot.

Some games are computerized worksheets. That is what Game Designers Mean by 'Chocolate on Broccoli." Dr. Lee Graham

3. 5 Ways to Teach Gratitude in Your Classroom

You can teach gratitude. This updated post resonates with the Thanksgiving season.

4. Notetaking Skills for 21st Century Students

5. 15 Best Google DriveAdd Ons for Education

6. How We Can Stop TEACHING TO THE TEST and Start Empowering Learning (For a Change)

This show with Eric Sheninger based on his new book Uncommon Learning is being shared like crazy. Eric is spot on and I highly recommend reading his new book.

If something is important to us, we find a way. If not, then we'll always find an excuse. Eric Sheninger

If something is important to us, we find a way. If not, then we'll always find an excuse. Eric Sheninger

7. 6 Ways to Motivate Teachers: Be the Hope

Teacher motivation is hot in November. Lots of us struggle this time of year.

8. Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It's Hard

This powerful piece continues to be shared by educators grappling with the hard things happening in our world.

Sketchnote about "Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It's Hard" by Sylvia Duckworth

Sketchnote about “Why Teachers Need to Keep Going Even When It's Hard” by Sylvia Duckworth

9. How Teachers Can Self-Publish Books

David Hopkins, an educator from the UK, shares a practical guide for educators to self publish books in this episode of Every Classroom Matters.

How teachers can self publish books

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