One of the best things about going digital with my notebooks was ditching that rolling cart that I would lug to the parking lot, hoist up into my car, and drive to my house, only to leave it in the car overnight and then drive it back to school the next day. Let's not even get started on the guilt I would feel the next morning when I would open my car door and see that sad stack of forgotten notebooks staring me in the face. While my wish to not lug that cart home every other day may have been my primary motivation for going digital, it turns out there were a lot of other benefits that led me to develop digital notebooks for all of my subject areas.
When you have been to enough training workshops, you develop a sixth sense for when the dreaded "mixer" is coming. This activity usually causes me to have a sudden urge to use the bathroom. It is an introvert's worst nightmare.
Classroom Management that Works
Take the judgment out of conversations about student behavior with an inexpensive click counter and an "Undercover Boss."
Why manage your class when you can encourage students to manage themselves instead?
Transitioning to Middle School
At the beginning of the school year, I had given a 3-2-1 exit ticket, and one of the questions I asked was, "What is one thing you are worried about?"
The answer that one student wrote on his paper broke my heart.
Adding a meme creation task increases student engagement and can make something as dull as a back-to-school rules lecture more fun. Here are five more ways to use memes to increase student engagement in a lesson.