My students and I just completed our class mission statement, and I decided to try a different format this year. Rather than present our ideas as a series of paragraphs, I designed the document to look like the front wall of a classroom. The text was fit inside a whiteboard, two bulletin boards, a clock, a flag, and other "classroom-themed" shapes. As much as possible, the meaning of the text matched the object in which it was placed. For example, the words "we use our time well and make the most of every day" were put in the clock. My hope is that this novel format will resonate with my students and give our ideas greater meaning.
Click here to see the full-sized version of our new class mission statement.
In this video I announce the release of my new e-book on amazon, 15 1/2 Ways to Personalize Learning. In the book I present a variety of proven, user-friendly teaching strategies, ideas, and activities that simplify the challenge of personalizing student learning and enable educators to meet children’s diverse needs confidently, effectively, and joyfully.
This teaching resource is divided into four sections.
Part 1: Personalize the approach students take to their work
Part 2: Personalize academic instruction (This part includes my favorite method of integrating technology in the classroom.)
Part 3: Personalize student goals
Part 4: Personalize each child’s classroom experience
There is also a link in the book that provides access to a free PDF with over 25 printable pages that make it easy to incorporate the book’s ideas in the classroom.
Click here to see the book on amazon.com.
Click here to see the video.