Here are a couple of websites to make your Friday the 13th a little more fun:
www.freerice.com – a fun way to practice your vocabulary, grammar, and so much more while helping others. Use this site as a bell ringer or to fill in those last few minutes of class.
www.storybird.com – encourage creative writing using the artwork on this site. Students of all ages can choose from a wide variety of styles and subjects to create their own original books. Sign up is free but you can purchase the books you have written or those written by others.
http://smartypins.withgoogle.com/ – want to brush up on your trivia knowledge and geography at the same time? Check out SmartyPins by Google. The goal – answer trivia questions by pinning your answer to a location on the map before you use up your miles. Luckily, for me, they do start you in the right area and make hints available.
Fact: Your classroom is full of barriers Every teacher faces a few “elephants” in the classroom. You might refer to them as barriers, distractions or interruptions--things that get in the way of students being fully engaged in their learning. No matter the term you use, though, they require you to reconsider how you relate to and instruct your students and how you manage your classroom.
We all have those people who say, ‘Well, back in my day…’ and then begin to tell you how it was in the good old days or the bad old days. We are working in a unique time and place in Oklahoma history; I believe we have probably seen more changes to budget allocations in the past three years than probably in any three-year period of history. This has truly been a wild ride and not in a fun way.
Are all districts required to give the raise? Does it also include the step increase? Andy provides answers to these and more.
I recently had a conversation with a teacher on professional development, and she commented that the training was good but "There was no food--not even a candy mint.” This might seem trivial to some, but in her mind, it meant she was not appreciated. Not that food really adds to a PD, but as we all know, it IS the little things that matter.