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AVID Learning Styles Survey
Get your students to know how they learn.
So I have a confession. I was never an AVID teacher, but always wanted to be.
When I was a teacher, I would benefit from the share outs of the AVID teachers and specifically loved the AVID Learning Styles Survey.
Getting to know students learning styles is critical! Students may have an idea of what their learning style is, but so many do not. This is definitely beneficial for them and for you as a teacher. I remember doing this activity with students and the excitement & ownership they felt for "how they learn".
If you take this from an SEL perspective, you are establishing a relationship with the students, showing that you care about how they learn. You are also listening to their preference as how it pertains to your classroom/style of teaching. Next, you are showing personal interest in the student specifically, showing respect and empathy! Utilizing this activity in the class will greatly enhance the social emotional care for the student & even yourself.
Go with me here...For educators today, we might not be fully educated on how to incorporate Kinesthetic learning opportunities for students in the classroom or while distance learning, however we can model that vulnerability to our colleagues and gain insight on how to better serve our students who need that learning style taught to them.
So how does this activity work? What you are going to do is ensure each student has their own copy of the slide deck. They will then follow the directions within the slide deck. Students will complete the following in the activity:
Fill out the survey
Analyze data by scoring it accordingly
Calculate their data scoring
Use Google Sheets to graph their data
Apply their findings to their classroom
For a copy of this template click here.
I hope that you find this activity useful in getting to know your students. I wish you a wonderful start to the school year. If you need any help with the activity, please email MsJenn106@gmail.com.
Have a blessed school year! ~
Getting to know you gameboard
Get to know your students via this virtual game board.
The first weeks of school are the most critical in getting to know students, building rapport and building classroom community. As an administrator, I miss the first few weeks of school, because that was my time to get to know my students interests, as well as, get to know how they learn.
My school district just announced that we will be in our Distance Learning phase for the start of the school year. My brain went straight into super speed, thinking of ways to helps support my staff with building SEL activities.
The activity that you will see, Getting to Know You Game Board, is a product of my old Google Form questionnaire I used to ask my students. Gaming is a huge component of our student lives, so I wanted to create something interactive that they would have fun participating in.
You can feel free to browse the slidedeck to the right to see if it interests you. Here is a link for you to make a copy of the slidedeck so you can use it in your classroom. Here is a video link of directions for your students to play the game.
I hope that as you begin your school year you are able to find activities that make your students feel welcome and excited to learn. I know it's not traditional, but maybe we can use this as an opportunity for change? Something new, different and innovative.
Blessings upon you friends.
Getting to know you- Station Rotation Model
Get to know your students via this slidedeck modeling the "station rotation" concept.
So the concept of Station Rotations within a classroom have found to be another tool that teachers can use to help with instruction.
I attended the Fall CUE 2019 conference where Dr. Catlin Tucker delivered a powerful keynote talking about Station Rotation and in general making teaching easier in a digital world. Visit her website, where she shares countless ideas about blended learning. (Thanks @Catlin_Tucker)
So I decided to take that concept and put it into a slide deck where students would pick a station to complete an activity/task. The entire "Getting to Know You" activity centers around having the students create and answer questions about themselves, all while using aspects of Google Slides.
I thought that this could be a powerful tool that teachers could use to teach students how to insert tables, videos, images, use Word Art etc. and become more familiar with navigating and creating within Google Slides.
Keep & Docs: The Perfect Partnership
Allow your students to solve math problems or create "drawings" from Google Keep and easily integrate it to Google Docs.
If you are an avid Google user, you know the power that Google Docs has contributed to your classroom. Students are able to collaborate, you can help edit students papers live, write suggestions, comment on student work, see revision history, build a bibliography, the list goes on and on. But did you know you can easily integrate "drawings" you create in Google Keep into your Google Doc?
Let's take a second and go down the Google Keep rabbit hole. Google Keep saved my life. I'm serious. I was the "post-it" queen. If you were to look at my desk as a teacher, you would have been overwhelmed with the amount of "notes" I had on my desk and my computer screen. When I attended a CUE conference, one of the speakers talked about the application Google Keep. My mind was blown. I could keep as many "post-it" notes that didn't scatter my entire desk and I didn't have my TA's secretly judging me in the background (or so I thought lol). I have created numerous lists that have helped me streamline my workflow. As I was using it this weekend, I totally remembered the "drawing" feature it had. You can write notes with your fingertip and save them in your Keep.
So go with me here. Many of my math teacher colleagues have expressed the need for a stylus while distance learning. I greatly understand the need, but what if the technology you have doesn't have that ability? Or there is no way to make that happen fiscally? We have to get creative. Why not use the technology we have.
What you can so easily do is use Keep to "draw" or work out your math problems and quickly add them to the Google Doc you turn in to your teacher, so they can assess "what went right" and "what went wrong" in solving the math problem. If you've never used Google Keep, please go through my slides presentation to familiarize yourself with it as well understand how the two work so well together.
Student Expectations for Meet & Zoom
Allow your students to know expectations while they are using Meet or Zoom.
Before I start....
One of my teachers sent me screenshots of these wonderful expectation templates to use. However, there was no name attached to who made them. I have been searching Twitter, FB and IG to see if I could find the creator to give them credit. If you're out there, I would love to give you credit.
Setting up classroom norms/expectations are a crucial component to the classroom environment. During distance learning, setting those expectations can be difficult, however this template helps students see what is expected of them, and is a powerful resource for them to go back to if need be. These templates are made via Slides, so you can simply make a copy and add your bitmoji's in quickly!
If you're not familiar with how to add in your bitmoji's here is a quick tutorial on how to do so. (Tutorial Video)
I almost forgot when you are done and want to save as an image, go to File > Download as > (Pick your format) and then it will download to your device.
Wish you all the best as you start the school year.