You made it! Another fall semester is in the books and you can now enjoy your winter break. Hopefully you can go into this time off feeling accomplished. Everyone sets goals for themselves and their respective workplaces and your classroom was probably no different.
I’d wager some of your goals touched on these ideas: [...]
Worksheets. Every teacher has them. Typically, each course is indexed by binders and teachers tap into their worksheets arsenal to support or supplement instruction. Standards-aligned, rigorous, and relevant worksheets assess knowledge, but the question remains: are they engaging? More often than not, students will confirm that worksheets are not the reason they look forward to school. As the new year approaches, consider a few ideas that may save some paper and contribute to a highly engaging classroom. [...]
Successful instruction demands the invested and active participation of both students and teachers. One of our primary goals as teachers is to avoid classrooms where students feel bored, dispassionate and effectively disengaged. A lack of student engagement is easy to see because we’ve all experienced it before. Doodling in notebooks, passing notes (or now texts) and the tried and true disengaging method of aimlessly staring out windows. As fellow educators could tell you, nothing is more deflating than a class of disinterested students. [...]
Debra Vaughn started using Planbook Plus in it’s Beta stage in the Fall of 2015. She has become a Power User since then and has been inputting plans for a 5 year Robotics course she is developing for her district. We wanted to share her experience of planning ahead with Planbook Plus with you. I’ve been [...]
The Planbook Plus Memorial Day release presents the Student Access feature. Planbook Plus is already an excellent tool to optimize lesson planning, but with the addition of the new Student Access feature, teachers will be able to increase communication with students, encourage parent involvement and track data that can be used to enhance student success. [...]