You can expect to see me taking a trip to home depot to buy some shower board in the next few weeks. Many thanks to Alex Overwijk for the ideas.
3. Today, Matt Vaudrey introduced the idea of using musical cues to direct student actions. Simply put, the teacher plays a specific song while students are completing a specific action, such as a “getting calculators” song, a “do-now” song, or a “packing up” song. Songs should play for a pre-determined amount of time, and shouldn’t be stopped early or replayed. The songs now serve as a cue for students (instead of teacher nagging) and should hopefully create a sense of internal motivation. It’s such a great idea, and I cannot do it justice with this post. Read about it from Matt here.
4. Are you teaching a math course for the first time, and don’t know the common student misconceptions? Matt Baker has created a google spreadsheet called First Like Third where teachers can note common student misunderstandings as well as what to say and how to correct them. The objective is to make the first year of teaching more like the third year of teaching.
5. Kahoot is a game based learning platform where users answer timed, multiple choice questions against classmates (teacher-made Kahoots) or students from around the world (public Kahoots). At the end of each round, students are shown a leaderboard with the top four players. Students do not need to sign in to play, and any computer or device with internet can be used. I wonder what the pros and cons of Kahoot are over other online quizzing or formative assessment websites and apps. Kahoot looks more like a game, but is there more to it? Thanks to Julie Reulbach for this one.