This week we learned about the power of Bitmoji classrooms and how you can create your own, how to coach through email signatures, 10 social and emotional learning strategies, and more. Enjoy! 😀
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Getting Started with Bitmoji Classrooms
Looking for a fun, personalized, and functional way to interact with your students? 😜Stephanie Harris showcases the power of Bitmoji classrooms to engage students in online learning environments and shares how to create your own.
Off-the-shelf learning management systems lack the flavor, creativity, and quirkiness that make so many of our classrooms exciting and welcoming spaces for learning. By contrast, a
Bitmoji classroom helps educators bring the warmth and creativity of a classroom space into the virtual world in a way that is functional and fun for students."
"I am a firm believer that coaching happens in multiple contexts, in multiple ways and takes many forms. . . . In most typical email signatures, you'll find a name, email address, pertinent contact information and a website when readers can learn more. I've been paying careful attention to these signatures lately and have realized they can be an important coaching tool. I mean, we all read and answer email and see the signature on a daily basis.
What if we used it to our advantage and updated it often to introduce teachers to new ideas and resources?"
Turn Your PLC into a PLN
📽️ Watch Steve Barkley as he shares why co-teachers should agree on student learning objectives prior to working together in the classroom, plus 6 co-teaching models!
"My focus in the video is on the importance of identifying the student learning production behaviors that the co-teachers agree are most critical to students gaining the desired learning outcomes.
Co-teachers can confidently make decisions as they interact with students when they know their partner is in agreement on what student actions will generate learning success."
"Elements of success become springboards for future action.
Focusing on successes demonstrates your confidence that the teacher you are working with can overcome challenges and provide effective instruction for her students."
10 Social and Emotional Learning Strategies
Francie Alexander and Dr. Amy Endo overview the "Connected Learning Model" and three researched-based principles for addressing the well-being of everyone within an organization.
"The pandemic has caused stress, grief, and anxiety about the future for many students and their families. The lack of social interaction and feelings of isolation have increased mental health issues. . . .
Schools can begin with intentionally cultivating a caring and equitable learning environment and implementing evidence-based SEL practices that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth."