Are you starting your career as a teacher? Are you teaching a new grade level or content area? Are you anxious and excited? This is the place to share ideas and collaborate with your fellow teachers who are in the same position.
Let's start off by posting one of your all time cool ideas for beginning the school year! - I always had the students do a scavenger hunt to get to know one another as soon as they arrived. They had to find someone who was not born here or someone whose birthday is in July and other facts like that. I always read The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown and then we made a class Important Book with each child completing a page about the important things about them. Finally I always made sure to have a neighbor teacher snap a class photo and each one, year after year, was framed on my desk. The kids loved coming back and seeing how they had grown. I still have those framed pictures :-) So let's share some more ideas!
OK, I'm excited about resource on several fronts. You are 20th Century teachers who want to get your students ready for the 21st Century learning. So, if you have even one computer connected to the Internet in your classroom, you can integrate technology in your classroom on day 1.
Take a look at Wallwisher - http://www.wallwisher.com . This is an easy-to-use tool for brainstorming and gathering feedback. You can set up a free account, quickly create a virtual wall, name your wall, and use the subhead field to add a prompt: What is the best book you read this summer and why you liked it?
Using the URL to your page, place a shortcut on your desktop or web page or other, and send students to your wall. With one click, they can create a new "sticky note" where they can post their response. Even shy students will want to respond.
Maybe you can put up a Thank You wall where a student may thank another student for something nice they did that day, a good deed that they didn't expect anyone would notice.
What other ideas do you have for using Wallwisher, my new favorite cool online tool, throughout the school year?
I organized all my classroom information on a free website through www.weebly.com Weebly - Create a free website and a free blog It was very easy. You can check my site out at www.mrsmathmaia.weebly.com .