It’s August 1st.

beckieteaches:

I start back to school in 45 minutes.


Q
Allison, you clearly need a chest piece that says "Pl*n" in Old English script
A

msleahqueenhbic:

allisonunsupervised:

girlwithalessonplan:

allisonunsupervised:

Clearly.

So how does this work- I just show the tattoo gal my tumblr?

Yeah, pretty much.

I’ve done it. Sadly, it is probably not the weirdest thing they have ever seen.


People who just don't get it: Holy jeebs, more books?!?!?!
Me: You don't understand. Yes, it's about books and how amazing they are and how I want them all. But it's also about the whole culture of it. It's about the tradition of opening a book for the first time, or for a moment of nostalgia. It's the idea that those who need it the most can escape into a book, while the rest of the world meanders by. When we step into bookstores, it isn't just about attaining 1, 2, 3, or 5+ new books, it's about the experience and thrill of being somewhere completely dedicated to books. It's about how a story can bring so many people together.
Me: So, it's not just "more books."
Me: It's more life.

girlwithalessonplan:

hisnamewasbeanni:

weareteachers:

From  27 Attention-Getters For Quieting A Noisy Classroom
http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/27-attention-getters-for-quieting-a-noisy-classroo-h0x

To read later.

My freshmen last year would get what I call “adorably loud,” in which they’d just we talked excitedly about something they’d be talking OVER each other and the noise level would be too much.  So a few times I’d say, “Hey guys, you’re doing that thing when you’re trying to out yell each other.  Please don’t.”
Which turned into, “Hey guys, you’re doing the thing.”
Which turned into, “Hey guys!” and someone responding, “We’re doing the thing!” 
Accidental classroom management FTW!

I’m reblogging this because THAT’S ME!!  I mean literally.  I’m KZ.  Lol.

girlwithalessonplan:

hisnamewasbeanni:

weareteachers:

From  27 Attention-Getters For Quieting A Noisy Classroom

http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/27-attention-getters-for-quieting-a-noisy-classroo-h0x

To read later.

My freshmen last year would get what I call “adorably loud,” in which they’d just we talked excitedly about something they’d be talking OVER each other and the noise level would be too much.  So a few times I’d say, “Hey guys, you’re doing that thing when you’re trying to out yell each other.  Please don’t.”

Which turned into, “Hey guys, you’re doing the thing.”

Which turned into, “Hey guys!” and someone responding, “We’re doing the thing!” 

Accidental classroom management FTW!

I’m reblogging this because THAT’S ME!! I mean literally. I’m KZ. Lol.




I understand that this is a bit old, especially at the rate that technology moves.  However, something in this caught my eye.

Where schools are focusing their efforts with technology at the time of this infographic, the last three were the most interesting to me.  Mostly because these three have been my life for the past two years. 

With my 8th graders two years ago, a portfolio that could move with them was a big deal for me.  A lot of times, information doesn’t pass from the middle school to the high school.  The high school teacher sees their first paper and thinks the kid hasn’t grown.  That isn’t always the case.  My kids had grown… profoundly.  Were they on grade level?  No.  Were they better than they were the year before?  Definitely.  So the portfolio being passed to the 9th grade teachers showed them where the focus was, what the student was working on, and what goals they were working to accomplish.  I thought it was a fantastic idea!

And now that I’m in the online world, I see a whole different side of online testing and online classes.  Online testing for a classroom teacher was a godsend.  I could give them a pop quiz and not have to worry about 200 papers to grade that night.  Their scores were sent to me.  Granted, I would ONLY use them for review quizzes and the grades didn’t kill them.  It was nice to get a snapshot of where everyone was before I started building on knowledge I assumed they had.  “Here, guys!  Let’s see where we are.  Take this quiz.”  I have the results in minutes and I know what I need to go back and cover again.  It was amazing.

Online classes, however, are not for everyone.  I can’t think of many of my 8th graders that would have been comfortable in an online class.  Let alone successful.  My 10th and 11th graders last year in the online school weren’t all cut out for online school.  But for the autistic kid that was bullied to the point he was in the hospital?  Or the girl that spends 80% of her life in bed sick?  Yes.  Definitely.  They’re motivated and this is a way they can have the “normal” school “life” that everyone else has.  Yes.

As a technology and English teacher, I might get a little battered for this one, but technology isn’t always the answer.  I’m glad you have flexible options for your students and you’re working hard to make sure they are safe, but sometimes I think the focus is on the wrong things.

Technology needs to help the teacher be more productive.  It needs to fit their teaching style.  It needs to fit with their discipline.  If these three things aren’t in place, all of your planning has gone to waste.  So it might be nice to have fast internet, but how about show your teachers what educational technology can do and let them decide?  Some might have success.  Some might not.  It is a learning thing. 

I understand that this is a bit old, especially at the rate that technology moves.  However, something in this caught my eye.

Where schools are focusing their efforts with technology at the time of this infographic, the last three were the most interesting to me.  Mostly because these three have been my life for the past two years. 

With my 8th graders two years ago, a portfolio that could move with them was a big deal for me.  A lot of times, information doesn’t pass from the middle school to the high school.  The high school teacher sees their first paper and thinks the kid hasn’t grown.  That isn’t always the case.  My kids had grown… profoundly.  Were they on grade level?  No.  Were they better than they were the year before?  Definitely.  So the portfolio being passed to the 9th grade teachers showed them where the focus was, what the student was working on, and what goals they were working to accomplish.  I thought it was a fantastic idea!

And now that I’m in the online world, I see a whole different side of online testing and online classes.  Online testing for a classroom teacher was a godsend.  I could give them a pop quiz and not have to worry about 200 papers to grade that night.  Their scores were sent to me.  Granted, I would ONLY use them for review quizzes and the grades didn’t kill them.  It was nice to get a snapshot of where everyone was before I started building on knowledge I assumed they had.  “Here, guys!  Let’s see where we are.  Take this quiz.”  I have the results in minutes and I know what I need to go back and cover again.  It was amazing.

Online classes, however, are not for everyone.  I can’t think of many of my 8th graders that would have been comfortable in an online class.  Let alone successful.  My 10th and 11th graders last year in the online school weren’t all cut out for online school.  But for the autistic kid that was bullied to the point he was in the hospital?  Or the girl that spends 80% of her life in bed sick?  Yes.  Definitely.  They’re motivated and this is a way they can have the “normal” school “life” that everyone else has.  Yes.

As a technology and English teacher, I might get a little battered for this one, but technology isn’t always the answer.  I’m glad you have flexible options for your students and you’re working hard to make sure they are safe, but sometimes I think the focus is on the wrong things.

Technology needs to help the teacher be more productive.  It needs to fit their teaching style.  It needs to fit with their discipline.  If these three things aren’t in place, all of your planning has gone to waste.  So it might be nice to have fast internet, but how about show your teachers what educational technology can do and let them decide?  Some might have success.  Some might not.  It is a learning thing. 


Classroom Set-up is Complete

I put a new Dr. Who background in my LiveLesson class. 

This in no way means that I am prepared for the new year.  Lots of planning left to do.  But you know… the new Doctor needs some reppin’ done.