This post was originally posted on July 23, 2017, but Angela Reading wrote a blog post about HOW she transformed these tables...
Angela Reading started the process to create a more collaborative classroom. She's making magnetic dry erase tables that she found on Craig's List! "They were a good deal, and they roll!"
Jessica (7th grade math teacher) took the "Saturday Sunshine" good notes home idea and added her own welcoming / good times twist to it! Check out that heading - she even included her bitmoji!
Lori Shultz, who teaches junior high and high school, shared these menu boards with us:
Andrew Spinali included his new mission statement in his annual welcome email to students and parents... You've gotta love the suspense hook he adds at the end!
He added that #6 is going to be based on a children's book he and his students read on Day 1, so the students will help him write it! I'll update this post when he shares... (to be continued...)
Alana Stanton got me inspired and ready to start the next school year! Check out her blog post here:
And thank you to Trisha Connor who shared this video in response to Alana's post:
One more... Joe Young shared this speech he was reminded of:
Ms. Mosby has made her first attempt at a mission statement, and I, for one, believe we need her teaching our children!! Check it out, and steal wording if you must!
Senora Knowles shared this panoramic photo of her "work in progress" classroom...
If you do not want to display the question of the day for all students to see, you can still get to know your students (even if you don't use this as an avenue for them to get to know each other).
You can always use a quick Google form with the question of the day and multiple choice or even open-ended questions. That's one benefit of a digital question - the "open-ended-ness" of it. Another benefit is that you can analyze the data at a later date if needed. Sometimes I forget to take a photo of one of the questions I wanted to really see the results for, and I'm too late at the end of the day when students start dismantling it to get it ready for a new day.
Another suggestion from Will Stewart was to use a digital tool called Edji.it. He shared the picture below, and then explained he does an attendance question of the day and students "respond with a dot in @EdjiNotes. Put in agenda, questions, sometimes the answer is in emoji." He further explained that it is free, there is no roster needed, students use a code to get in, and there's also a premium edition (that is currently "about a dollar a year forever"). @EdjiNotes chimed into the discussion and mentioned "the 'Heat Vision' button allows the teacher to toggle comments between public and private. Works with images, text, and PDF." They also added that "If you want audio comments, custom reading codes, and more it's $1.54 a year. You can keep that price forever."
Will's students are 10, and as for safety, he explained that "The only content they'll see is what you put in. There is a poop emoji, but no dirty bird."
*The price of the premium version of this tool will go up - it's low right now as a way of saying "thank you" to customers who decide to adopt early. Don't be surprised if the price is not as low as mentioned in this post! And no, I was not paid for this post. I posted as intended - a resource for teachers, as it was suggested by another teacher who is actually using it in the classroom.
Emily Lippert used a portion of her whiteboard to create the "question of the day" survey for her various middle school classes!
Josephine Wozniak also started her question of the day board this school year! It looks a little different:
Gotta share one more... This one is from Jeanne Angel's room! Perfect for the eclipse in Georgia!
Rosalinda Scott teaches freshmen through seniors, and this is how they're trying restroom breaks this school year...
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