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How To Get The Most Out Of The First Days Of The School Year. First days of school are always so idyllic in my mind. Full of hope and promise and potential. How To Get The Most Out Of The First Days Of The School Year. Boy chooses to wear ‘I will be your friend’ shirt for first day of elementary school. FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. — A little boy from Georgia is going viral for the shirt that he wore on his first day of school.

Boy chooses to wear ‘I will be your friend’ shirt for first day of elementary school

WCNC reports that Blake Rajahn’s mom, Nikki, owns her own personalization business and told her son she would make him any kind of shirt for his first day of school at North Fayette Elementary. “He thought a while and said, ‘Will you please make me a shirt that says “I will be your friend” for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them? '” she said. “Never underestimate your kid’s heart for others! I love my sweet Blake.” Nikki said that Blake has experienced bullying and hard times at school before. She’s sold several shirts like Blake’s since posting the photo. The Unspoken Key To Consistency. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

-Rosa Parks. How to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs. Last night I shared the news of Kaizena's updated Google Docs Add-on that streamlines the process of adding voice comments to Google Documents.

How to Add Voice Comments to Google Docs

If you haven't tried it, watch the video that I just made about how to add voice comments to Google Documents. Applications for Education As I wrote last night, the combination of voice comments with direct links to a lesson could be very helpful to students who might otherwise be confused by the voice comment alone or the lesson alone. And, as Louis Odendaal pointed out on Twitter, the voice commenting feature can be helpful to ELL students and teachers. Automatically Issue Certificates When Students Pass a Quiz in Google Forms. Google Forms provides a great way to create online, self-grading quizzes.

Automatically Issue Certificates When Students Pass a Quiz in Google Forms

When you have students who cannot wait to get their scores back, enabling the option to automatically release grades is super handy. A relatively new Google Forms Add-on called Certify'em makes it possible to not only give students their grades right away, it also issues them a certificate for passing the quiz. To use Certify'em properly you should install it and enable it before creating your quiz in Google Forms. When you enable Certify'em on a Form it will populate a couple of required fields in your Form and ask you to specify a minimum passing score. Complete those fields then write your quiz and set an answer key just as you would for any other quiz that you build in Google Forms. Certify'em was developed by the same person who developed the extremely popular Flubaroo Add-on for Google Sheets.

5 Handy Google Docs Templates for Creating Classroom Newspapers. 22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management. Classroom management can be a challenge. In this post, I’ll share twenty-two of my top tips and ideas that have helped me have an awesome classroom. While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years.

If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! Classroom Management Tip #1: Build a Partnership With Your Students It’s true that you must relate before you can educate. Cluttered walls or bare walls? Here's how to strike a balance in classroom decorations to cultivate students' learning, engagement, and comfort.… Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed. Debates about exam grades and retaking tests tend to coalesce, eventually, around the same arguments. One faction prioritizes subject mastery, the idea that it’s more important to get students to take incremental steps towards proficiency than to punish them with bad grades.

The other side emphasizes personal responsibility, insisting that there are very few second chances in life, and that regular opportunities to retake tests simply teach kids that consequences are negotiable. But in a recent Facebook and Twitter poll about whether our teachers allow makeup tests, the discussion took a more practical turn. Most teachers agreed that retesting was sometimes appropriate, but expressed concerns about setting clear limits around the practice. A widespread problem: When given the option of makeup tests, students often gamed the system, failing the initial exam to see what it looked like—and then simply regurgitating the correct answers later.

Mastery Quizzes. 7 Smart, Fast Ways to Do Formative Assessment. 6 Messages Every Student Should Hear On The First Day Of School - 5 Questions to Ask Your Students To Start the School Year. Why schools should teach the curriculum of the future, not the past. Robots, artificial intelligence, automation – no longer the stuff of science fiction movies.

Why schools should teach the curriculum of the future, not the past

Overwhelming evidence shows the shift in what the workforce needs is already underway and that it will continue to grow much larger in the future. All around the world, leaders from government and industry debate the future of work and the changes brought by technology and automation. Despite this, the world is not reacting fast enough to update our system of education. 12 Rules Of Great Teaching - 12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching.

12 Rules Of Great Teaching -

Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. Instructional Strategies List for Teachers. A BIG List of Instructional Strategies for Teachers I’ve decided to create an instructional strategies list for teachers.

Instructional Strategies List for Teachers

There are plenty of teaching textbooks meant to provide instructional strategies for teachers. There are also huge lists of definitions available.