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Build Your Teacher’s Survival Kit. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F.

Build Your Teacher’s Survival Kit

Kennedy When I first began teaching, I remember meeting a veteran teacher who carried a big bag with her everywhere. I forgot what the situation was but I remember her coming to the rescue with masking tape, scissors, and Post It notes. She told me she always carried those things among other items like dry erase markers, poster putty, and so forth as a teacher, because she had learnt that situations always arise when she needed these items. That left a huge impression on me and I kept thinking of this as a survival kit. More Resources If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachersor my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT. Every day, people around the world communicate, connect, and learn digitally on the go.

Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT

Our students spend hours with their devices and digital tools. Imagine if some of that time was spent learning your content. The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching: Shelly Sanchez Terrell: 9780415735346: Books. Teaching Tips. I have been teaching since 1994 in Texas, Germany, Greece, and many other places worldwide.

Teaching Tips

This means I’ve often met new learners of various ages (from 2 to 80 years-old) in various classroom settings and situations. I don’t think I will ever get comfortable with meeting new learners, because each year my learners come with new challenges and personalities. About 5 years ago, I fooled myself into believing I was a pro with facing new learners. I was in Germany, teaching about 20 children between the ages of six- to seven-years-old who spoke and understood very little English. On the first day, I received a less than warm welcome. Edtech Tips. “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” ~ Bill Gates. Mobile Devices. Learning is not the product of teaching.

Mobile Devices

Learning is the product of the activity of learners.- John Holt I believe mobile devices transform learning when integrated effectively. Our students have powerful devices that they can carry in their pockets. Build a PLN. For the past 4 years, I have researched the what, who, how, and why of Personal/Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs).

Build a PLN

We have seen the benefits of the people we choose to connect, collaborate, and problem solve with through social media. Digital Storytelling. “It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head.

Digital Storytelling

Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind. Spice Up That Lecture! Build Your Teacher’s Survival Kit. Citizenship. “The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” – John Naisbitt A thousand years ago, books were accessible to a select few who were part of the top social and economic class, often one ethnicity, and profession.


As technology develops so does access and now our learners are so blessed to be able to access knowledge from scientists, astronauts, producers, artists, Ted speakers, CEOs, fashion designers, musicians, and any expert in any profession by just carrying a connected digital device in their pockets. Classroom Management.

“We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” ~ Anonymous If we start the learning journey well with our learners then we can look forward to what the year ahead will bring.

Classroom Management

However, we must show our learners how to act in order to have a successful journey. How our learners approach that journey- their attitudes and behaviors- will determine if they end the journey better individuals than they were before they entered our classrooms. Even though classroom management isn’t adequately taught in most teacher development programs, I think it is one of the most important skills for a teacher. As an educator I hope to inspire my learners to be better individuals so that they have a positive impact on the world. Tips and Resources. Lesson Planning. I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. – Socrates Lesson planning is stressful and time-consuming, but is important in giving us an action plan for the entire school year.

Lesson Planning

The way we design our curriculums and the activities we use will determine how successful our learners will be in grasping new knowledge. Lesson design and planning is important. We have our often mandated objectives as the seeds of our curriculum. Engage Parents. Teaching Kids. Looking forward to connecting with you!

Teaching Kids

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