Have you observed anxiety in any of your students? Do you want your class to be more mindful, focused, and present? Smiling Mind is a non-profit organization with a goal to make mindfulness accessible to all. The Smiling Mind Education Programs have been designed with educators in mind and consist of over 200 lessons for students from primary to secondary school. Discover how just five minutes of mindfulness a day can benefit the overall wellbeing of your students by watching the video below.
What is mindfulness? How does it impact the brain? Learn more by watching the video below.
Get started by adding 5 minutes of mindfulness to your class each day. What about using it to set a daily intention as Morning Meeting is coming to a close? Or what about a five minute post-recess reset? Download the Smiling Mind app or load the web-based program. Have your students lie flat on their backs. Press play, and let the journey to mindfulness begin!
Interested in taking mindfulness to the next level? Consider using these fun cards to do simple yoga poses with your students. Each of the 50 cards includes step-by-step yoga pose instructions.
Are you looking for an engaging and educational app to add to your math rotations and/or a way to inspire your students to practice math concepts? Consider using the app Motion Math. Check out the third graders below to see Motion Math in ACTION!
This tutorial will teach you how to load your student roster, download the games onto your iPads, and use Motion Math's student progress dashboard.
Interested in trying math rotations? Start small. Have math rotations once a week. Design three rotations for your students to move through when instructed. Create an activity/game station (consider trying Motion Math here!), a writing about math (journaling) station, and a station working with you. Be sure to include an extension board with optional activities for students who finish their work and need an extra challenge.
When I was a homeroom teacher, winter break marked the completion of many units and projects. Depending on where students were in the writing process, they would often publish their pieces before or after winter break. If your class is on the same page, the New Year will provide an opportunity to consider how your students will share their completed writing. In this post, I will present you with a variety of innovative ways for your students to publish and share their work with others, beginning with a few samples from my own students.
Below is an example of a student who wrote a biography and presented using a green screen to get in character.
Use foldables to create lapbooks. This works especially well with nonfiction.
Feature student work with QR codes. In this example, the codes link to the students' finished research papers (linked online through a publishing site called Issuu) and 30 second video clips/commercials introducing their ancient Egypt topics. Scan the QR codes below or click here for a commercial and here for a writing piece.
Teach your students to be responsible digital citizens who are creators, not only consumres, of content. Create student blogs!
Now that I've shown you a few ways my students have published their writing, I will introduce you to samples from other teachers.
Use Stop Motion to animate and bring a story to life. Read Meghan Zigman's blog to learn how.
ChatterPix is a free app that makes a photo come to life with speech. Kids can draw, paint, or collage images. They can also find real photographs online.
Not all writing gets published; so by asking your students to publish their work, you will be presented with the opportunity to talk with your students about the differences between the writing we keep for ourselves and the writing we publish. By having your students share their writing with others, they will be held to a different standard of excellence, and they will rise to the occasion to publish their best work.
Still looking for ideas? Check out 5 more tips here.
Having access to iPads has changed how teachers are teaching and how students are learning. To discover a few ways iPads are being used in classrooms, read the articles below.
Before you can actively use iPads with your students, you'll need a basic understanding of how they operate. What are the various iPad features and controls? Check out the diagrams below by clicking the button titled "iPad Features and Controls" to learn more.
By learning how to connect to Wi-Fi, manage storage, download/update apps, and print photos, your life as a classroom teacher is going to be so much easier. Give it a shot with the following step-by-step tutorials: