Hexagonal Thinking in the Digital Classroom: Step by Step

So maybe you keep hearing about hexagonal thinking and how wonderfully it works for unlocking student discussion online, but you just can’t quite wrap your head around how it.  I hear you.  Today,  let’s walk step by step through how you can use my free digital hexagonal thinking kit to design an activity for your… Continue reading Hexagonal Thinking in the Digital Classroom: Step by Step

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5 Ways to use Podcasts in ELA

With kids spread across scenarios these days, free digital texts are a helpful base for any unit. It’s the perfect time to use podcasts in your classroom. Kids can listen and learn, listen and respond, listen and then record podcasts of their own. There are tons of possibilities! In today’s post, I’m going to share… Continue reading 5 Ways to use Podcasts in ELA

Staying home: We can do this.

On my favorite daily news podcast, What a Day, when they finish talking about Covid 19, the news headlines and the political campaigns, the hosts play ten seconds of chill flute music and then talk about their regular lives right now. They call the segment “life under lockdown.” But they don’t take it very far.… Continue reading Staying home: We can do this.

Help for Teaching through Coronavirus Closings

If you’re like me, your hands are dry and chafed, your dreams are anxious, and your school just cancelled classes until April. Ugh. Worldwide pandemic is not anything we were expecting. But here we are. Depending on where you teach, coronavirus may mean you’re scrambling to get more comfortable with Google Classroom, Flipgrid, and Screencastify.… Continue reading Help for Teaching through Coronavirus Closings