There are some pretty exciting websites, apps and techniques emerging that pledge to help teachers with everything from classroom management to raising students’ scores.
Krista Morris, a teacher who wrote into us from our Facebook community , uses the following websites in her classroom. These websites are free, or have free trial versions available. (These are not affiliate links.)
1. GoNoodle, whose tag line is “Channel Classroom Energy for Good” helps me allow students to have “Brain Breaks” and move . I exercise with my kids every 30 minutes or so to keep the wiggles at bay.
2. I use another website called ClassDojo that really helps reinforce positive and negative behaviors . The kids design their own avatar and we create the behaviors to earn point for and what will warrant losing points . I always have a goal in mind for them to work towards .
The parents in my room have signed up with their code and use it to see the positive things their child has done and things they need to work on.
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3. Flocabulary – which touts itself as “Educational Hip Hop,” uses songs and videos to engage students and try to raise scores. It’s another amazing resource. It’s very visual and auditory and really captures my students’ attention . Especially , my students who have LD, ADD, or ADHD.
The following ideas aren’t websites or apps, but you can find apps to help with these ideas.
I’m all about an anchor chart. Our instructional coach always says the Brain loves color. I don’t always make some of my students take notes. I’ve used my smart phone to take pictures of my anchor charts for them to use in their interactive journals.
My principal suggested we call on non-volunteers to answer questions . That way we don’t call on the same students all the time . There are apps that will select students randomly — the classdojo app is one of them — or you can always use the low-tech Popsicle stick method. Write the students’ name and draw the sticks.
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