“I know many great teachers who would rather eat a treat than tweet and I don’t fault them for it. I just don’t think it is true. There are communities cropping up in many places. To say every teacher has to be on Twitter is kind of like saying “everybody who is anybody was at the party.” what you are saying is that you were at the party and the people there made you feel important. Every teacher is important and we can’t marginalize good teachers because they choose not to Tweet, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, or whatever the next connector du jour is next month.”—Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher (via coolcatteacher)
The author proposing this idea points out how rubrics have expedited the grading process for many faculty and also clarified expectations for students, but when the paper is returned, the student gets the rubric with a check next to quality level attained and maybe a few brief remarks squeezed into a small space provided for comments. What this assumes is that students will look at their paper and see why it merited that particular quality rating.
How do you develop your “content” in your teacher trainees?
1. Developing an expertise in what you teach (often called “content knowledge” in our little word), and in how to get kids to learn that subject (“pedagogical content knowledge”), is a lifetime’s work.
I like to visit this blog, smartclassroommanagement, from time to time, as the author provides some really helpful strategies for classroom management. He seems to take a very respectful and thoughtful approach to relating to students, which I appreciate. This particular post is his ‘best of’ classroom management strategies from 2011 and it’s a great list of links. I find that the blog is pretty elementary-focused, but there are definitely some strategies that can be used in high school classrooms, as well.
I’ve been trying to keep a teaching journal over the past couple months, tracking my successful and, um, ‘less successful’ subbing days. I find that this helps boost my morale, as it reminds me of the things I’ve done that have worked, and it helps me to feel as if I’m taking a mindful and constructive approach to improving my practice (even though subbing can be so random, when you’re in a different classroom almost every day that you teach). As part of this reflection process, I find that it’s nice to visit a resource - such as the Smart Classroom Management blog - to get me out of my own head and to learn from others’ experiences and expertise.
In terms of classroom application, Tumblr would be a good way for you to share research for projects and assignments. Your students could then follow your Tumblr site and ‘reblog’ items into their personal site.
Or you could have students create multimedia (photos, videos, etc.) and post them onto their Tumblr. Then you could see how many views, likes, and reblogs each one gets. Could be a great way to encourage social media usage in schools using a free web 2.0 tool.
Finally, you could use it to connect with other teachers and education professionals. After just a few Tumblr searches and posts, you’ll find that people start coming out of the woodwork to ‘like’ your content and share it. You can quickly find fellow teachers and education-y folks by simply searching keywords like ‘teacher’ ‘edtech’ and so forth. When you find some good content, be sure to like it and reblog it. That person will then check your site out, start following your Tumblr, etc. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole new PLN on Tumblr!
I’m still not convinced on the best way to use Tumblr in the classroom, but I love it for finding teaching tools, ideas, and other teachers.
The other day I was watching an expert teacher dealing with a student that was misbehaving. What she did was so simple but so fascinating to me, she used probably 6 different voice tones in order to pacify the student, and it worked like Jedi magic (I work in a middle school ps).