By Jim Southard
It’s that time of year again! Birds are chirping, days are getting longer, and the school year is coming to a close. While you’re preparing to close up your classroom for the summer, here are 7 easy steps for shutting down your Lightspeed audio system to ensure it’s in tip-top shape when the new school year rolls around.
by Karen Larson
When I worked as an administrator, we did our best to offer students choices of how to demonstrate their learning. One choice was giving a presentation of some sort. In other words, the dreaded public speaking assignment. Students often struggle with public speaking and aren’t confident when getting in front of others to show what they know. They are developing a “fixed mindset” about their perceived lack of public speaking ability.
By Gene Tognetti
During my days as an administrator, I often visited a second-grade teacher’s classroom at my school. I went to Carolyn’s classroom to learn more about teaching in general, and specifically how to more effectively work with younger children. Being a middle-school teacher in addition to vice principal, I really needed to get more grounded in effective ways to teach the younger kids. What I discovered over time was that many of the techniques Carolyn employed were really universal in nature, and not just applicable to the little guys. For instance, her use of audio and sound to assist in teaching—and more generally to develop a calm, peaceful, and inviting learning environment—turned out to be a universal tool that can help all students.
by Caroline Murray
For me, there is no better way to kickstart collaboration in the classroom than project-based learning! Project-based learning (PBL) creates an atmosphere of cooperation, community, and teamwork that is sure to engage and challenge all students.
PBL is an educational strategy that puts real-life, intensive projects at the heart of learning. It’s perfect for all ages, from kindergarten through university, and is one of the best ways to captivate and motivate students.
by Vicki Ogle
My husband and I like to travel as much as possible, and we have a significant road trip planned for this fall. We have spent many hours planning how we will handle food, driving, and coffee along the way. To help us prepare, we are using a few weekend getaways to ‘practice’ some of the strategies and tools we have in mind. Recently we spent a weekend in another town with our son and his family. We stayed in a motel and took note of which of our tools and strategies were working and which ones weren’t. I found that one of the biggest things for me to deal with was adjusting everyday tasks using travel gear. I just like to use my everyday things!
Teachers tell me they are experiencing the same thing; they like to use their favorite tools but with teaching methodologies changing, learning requirements increasing, and room configurations vastly different when they return from summer, they have to leave some favorite tools behind.