Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Google Calendar for Lesson Planning

Google Calendar will be my plan book of choice for the 2013-14 school year.  Why not?

I live by the calendar.  It keeps my professional and personal life ultra organized.  I look at my calendar throughout my entire day.  I set reminders for myself so I'm never late (insert sarcasm here), share events with family members or friends, and even embed calendars in our class website.  It just makes sense to my brain to use Google Calendar for my lesson plans.

There are many options available within Calendars that I'm confident that no matter the situation I'm sure I'll find a solution.  You can:

  • insert links
  • move plans in case of snow days
  • multiple views - day,  4 day, week, month, and yes even yearly view
  • share
  • embed
  • color code

Actually, I will have a couple calendars this year for school.  One for the students and families that will be embedded into our class website and the other for my detailed lesson plans.

If you're interested in this idea check out the endless tutorials to get ya started.  Below is the video that helped me out.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Mrs. Pierson - Every Kid Needs A Champion

"Can we stand to have more relationships?
Will you like all your children?
Of course not and you know your toughest kids are never absent.
You won't like them all and the tough ones show up for a reason.
It's the connection.
It's the relationship.
And while you won't like them all the key is they can never ever know it.
So teachers become great actors and great actresses.  
And we come to work when we don't feel like it.
We listen to policy that doesn't make sense.
And we teach anyway.
We teach anyway because that's what we do.
Teaching and learning should bring joy.
How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risk who were not afraid to think and who had a champion?
Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them who understands the power of connection and insist they become the best that they can possibly be.
Is this job tough?
You betcha! Oh God you betcha but it is not impossible.
We can do this, we are educators, we were born to make a difference!"