Preparing for a New School Year


Preparing for a new school year is something that I look forward to before we head back. I am always looking for new ideas to implement during the school year. This year, I’m excited to include these things into my classroom this year.

  1. One of my summer reads this year was a book titled, “Weaving Creativity Into Every Strand of Your Curriculum.” It has over 700 tips on how to incorporate creativity into assignments (challenges) and the classroom as a whole. I purchased the softcover version and marked it up by highlighting ideas that I want to implement this year and making notes in the margins. You can find the book here.
  2. In the past, I’ve used Google forms to deliver the bell ringer to students. I liked being able to see how students had responded in the spreadsheet that you can access. It has worked well for me, and I would continue to use it had I not discovered Formative. Formative allows you to create assignments and assessments. You can also upload files and update them to meet your needs. The best part about it is that you can view students’ responses on a dashboard in live time and respond to them. This format allows you to be able to see who understands the concept and who needs additional support. I’m looking forward to using Formative this year.
  3. Many teachers implement Genius Hour projects. I’ve given it much thought and have decided that I want to implement a 20 Time project this year. In preparing for this year, my students will be researching and blogging about a world issue that they feel strongly about and determining solutions. I use Kidblog with my students so that only people with a code for the class can see what students posted. It also allows me to monitor comments before the students’ see them.
  4. As I wrote about in a previous post, I have opted to use a class motto for this year. The motto is Be Kind, Work Hard. I’ve created copies of the motto to post in the classroom and online. Be Kind:Work Hard
  5. In a previous blog post, I wrote about incorporating a student friendly syllabus and anchor charts within my classroom this year. You can read more about that here.

Until next time,


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