Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What's Holding You Back?

So what is it? What's holding you back? I don't believe for a minute that any teacher wakes up in the morning and says, "Well, I'll just try to do enough to get by today." Nope. We hit the floor running hoping to change the world one child at a time. Then... reality hits us in the face. There are so many hurdles, so many 'what ifs', so many unexpected roadblocks throughout the day. By the end, we are often saying, "Well, I did all I could to survive today."

I'm a goal setter and a planner. I think it's in our nature as educators. I have to be careful, though, because I can let the planning overtake the action. Do you ever find yourself planning to do something different in your classroom, and planning, and planning...things such as tech integration, PBL, design thinking, student-directed learning... Maybe you'll get it all planned out this summer for next fall, or you'll train your kids in the fall, so that you can take the big leap in the spring. Is that sounding familiar to any of you?

I have been blessed with an opportunity to be a part of Kasey Bell's ShakeUpLearning book launch for her new book Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. I have been privileged to get to read the book ahead of its launch. I'll tell you up front I get a free copy, but I'm not sharing this quote because of the free book.


It's true. It begins with you. It begins with me. Technology can transform learning, but only if you and I quit planning to...some day, and take that step today. So what will you do differently today? What action will you take to change the way your students 'do school'? 

The greatest part of it is we don't have to take action alone. We can do this together. 

Are you in? 
Let's stop planning to change the world someday, and let's take action today!

What will you do today?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Digital Breakout ~ Poetic Injustice

If you've been here before, you know I love the digital breakouts! They can work in all grade levels, and you can embed all kinds of content for review, extension, and even exploration.  I wanted to share a Poetry Breakout where I incorporated poetry terms, geared toward secondary.

A recap from a previous post:

If you aren't familiar with Breakouts, they are similar to Escape Rooms.  Students solve clues to unlock locks.  You can buy actual Breakout Boxes to create the scenarios in your classroom.  You can also build your own.  Ann Oro has some DIY ideas HERE.

If you have access to technology, or you allow BYOD, you might find Digital Breakouts to be more manageable.  Oh, and my favorite part, they are free if you build your own or use one from the many generous teachers who have shared their creations.  Facebook has some awesome groups of teachers who are Breakout nerds like me!

How do you play?  There are clues hidden in the site.  Use those clues to unlock the locks on the embedded Google Form.  Be sure to use ALL CAPS on the locks.  Try it out!

Want to know more or have something to share?  
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Region 15 Teachers, if you are interested in another Breakout Workshop, leave a comment, too.