Showing posts from March, 2018

My Top 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Cyber Days ❄

I'm not sure what part of the country you live in, but I live in a part where it snows. Growing up in New England, we missed a lot of school. We had days where it was snowing, days when everything had iced over, and days when pipes froze. All these days required us to have "snow days". This was all before the age of 1:1 technology in schools.

Things have changed. Instead of snow days, we now have cyber days.
Here are my top 3 ways to take advantage of cyber days!

#1- Have a plan. Make sure your students know how you will be communicating with them. Should they expect an email? Will you post an assignment on your LMS? Will it be posted on Google Classroom? Make sure you have established a plan with your students (and guardians) before the first flake falls.

#2- Use discussions. Find a way to be available to communicate with your students. Initially I held "email office hours" and told students I would be available between certain times to answer their questions.…

Why I Teach Respect First

Over the last week I have spent a lot of time reflecting on what students are learning through my class and the experiences they have in the extra curricular activities. While I hope they are learning about molecules and reactions in my chemistry class, I also hope they have learned skills they can take with them to help them be successful in life. 
As I mentioned in a previous post, I spend my time outside of school teaching martial arts. I talk to my taekwondo students about respect. It is part of our curriculum. Students learn the importance of respecting themselves and others. It is a critical aspect of learning to be disciplined athletes and citizens with a desire to serve. Because of my unique inspiration to become a teacher, I keep these very fundamental (sometimes referred to as "soft") skills at the center of what I do in my classroom. 
On day one each year, I tell my students that I don't have many rules. I tell them I expect them to show respect. Respect them…