No Planning Time, Low Test Scores, & Correcting Students | Q&A Show

No Planning Time, Low Test Scores, & Correcting Students | Q&A Show

What do you do if you don't have a planning period? How do you help students master a skill after they've failed a test? How do you correct students when they're wrong? Any advice for a first time long-term sub? We explore these questions into today's Q&A show. EPISODE NOTES In this Q&A show, we discuss: How do you support students & help them master content after they've scored low on a test?How do you find time to prep, grade, plan without using all of your free time outside of school if you don't have a prep period?How do you…
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Day in the Life of a Teacher | LAST DAY VLOG

Day in the Life of a Teacher | LAST DAY VLOG

I haven't done a 'day in the life' video in some time! This was the last day of classes right before finals week (so not the true LAST day but no more actual teaching). https://youtu.be/qJPoZo5ymsU ūüé•Videos/resources referenced: How To Create & Manage A Classroom Economy - https://thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy/ 2015 'Day in the Life' - https://youtu.be/RpUe7LsmqeQ "10k Calorie Cheat Day Challenge" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNYGlTXDClA Mandarin progress (after 1 year) - https://youtu.be/eLeqmBvQ2EY Reflections on teaching YouTube Video Production - https://youtu.be/OQOTGmYXWVA "Mindfulness in the Classroom" (podcast) - https://wp.me/p3LdGY-QV "How to Debrief A Class" - https://youtu.be/0Ax9aZCpHxs Our big esports project - https://youtu.be/uIDAVzgexAE Another robotics project from…
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Building COLLISION AVOIDANCE Robots in Middle School Robotics

Building COLLISION AVOIDANCE Robots in Middle School Robotics

I vlogged our big competition day for our collision avoidance robots in middle school robotics. If students had a head on collision or fell off the table, they were out. https://youtu.be/PtE-7p1rUZw Self-driving cars video I introduce the project with ‚Ė∑Task: Create a bot that avoids other bots & obstacles in the field. Must utilize at least 3 sensors (touch, color, gyro, ultrasonic) Must incorporate screen text, sound, and lights. Must be autonomous. ‚Ė∑Rules: If your bot hits another bot or obstacle, you‚Äôre out. If your bot is bumped, you‚Äôre still in unless it‚Äôs a head on collision Starting placement can…
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Life Update…

Life Update…

I share a little of what's been going on as summer has winded down and I'm getting into the swing of school. Advanced Robotics (0:34) YouTuber Class (1:36) Student Teacher (3:17) Mandarin Learning (3:42) Jiu Jitsu (4:49) Books & Beef Jerky (5:13) New PC & Livestreaming (5:45) Done List Journal (6:31) Summer Travel (8:08) Question of the Day (8:31) https://youtu.be/EBQhQv-e60U
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Post 11 – Integers, Rational Numbers, & Sumo Remote Controls

It is Monday of Thanksgiving holiday and as my wife is working Mon-Wed, I'm looking to get all my holiday work done these first few days.¬† I also realized I missed a week of reflections so thought I'd look over the last couple weeks in my classes. PRE-ALGEBRA We finished up our integer unit.¬† Overall it seems students have a great grasp on how to work with integers even in problems where order of operations is needed.¬† Looking over the assessment data, my 1st and 3rd periods generally perform about the same.¬† Class size is similar and a mix of…
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Post 03 – Programming Drones & Mathematical Properties

We're entering week 4 of school. ¬†This will be the first full, normal week so far. ¬†First day of week 1 was the odd first day schedule with assemblies and such, 2nd week had a 2-hr delay on Monday due to hurricane weather, and last week was labor day on Monday. ¬†Glad to start getting into a normal routine. ¬†But onto the reflection of last week. ROBOTICS & DRONING I spent most of my time last week reflecting on robotics. ¬†I was trying out doing some drone lessons where students program the drone to do stuff. ¬†Our first mission was…
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Entry 33 – School Has Come To An End

Entry 33 – School Has Come To An End

Today is the first official day of summer for me! ¬†Started out with breakfast for some friends, the first swim in a long while at the lap pool (taking a break for a week from the weight lifting as I've had some shoulder pain), and some good time to get a lot of little tasks done that have been on the back burner for a few weeks. My summer plans include doing some possible videography work (sent out a ton of inquiries this morning) and a trip at the end of summer to China! ¬†Sara and I found a Groupon…
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Entry 10 – Puppy Bots & Student Led Conferences

Entry 10 – Puppy Bots & Student Led Conferences

It was a fairly short week in terms of actual class time. ¬†First part of the week was spend finishing up our project in robotics and winding down in our integer unit in Pre-Algebra. ¬†There were no classes on Thursday or Friday due to student-led conferences. STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES I wrote in-depth last year how we structure our student-led conferences. ¬†Check it out HERE. ¬†We didn't do much different this year except provide teacher comments. ¬†In the past, teachers would write comments for students at the end of the semester and the comments would be put on report cards. ¬†This time,…
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Entry 06 – Projects In Class

Entry 06 – Projects In Class

We have wrapped up week 6 of school. ¬†Here is the prompt that several teachers and I reflected on this week: How do you incorporate project-based learning into your class? This depends on which class I'm teaching. ¬†Robotics is basically all project-based while in math I've really only done one or two projects in the last couple of years. ROBOTICS PROJECTS I don't really know how robotics can be anything but a project-based class...unless we just took a bunch of notes on how the robot works without actually building the robots. ¬†I'm in my fourth semester of teaching robotics (it's…
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Entry 1 – My Sixth First Day

Entry 1 – My Sixth First Day

I've begun my sixth year in teaching. ¬†The plan is to reflect at the end of each week again this year. ¬†I've invited some of my colleagues to join me and am excited to read through their reflections :) This week¬†was our first week back with students. ¬†Being that many of my students from 6th grade math are now in my 7th grade math class, it felt more like coming back from a long weekend than it did a brand new year. ¬†This week has felt a bit long with having to stay after school for some back-to-school nights &…
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