Flipgrid for Engagement, Feedback, and Reflection

Flipgrid is a platform that allows students to discuss and respond to prompts through video forums. Here are two ways I love to use Flipgrid in my classroom: Big Project Check-Ins: I like to use it to have students record micro-steps toward creating a final project. In my online class, students create podcasts which include … Continue reading Flipgrid for Engagement, Feedback, and Reflection

30-Second Brain Breaks

I recently had my students come up with ideas for 30-second Brain Breaks using a lesson from PearDeck. It’s proven useful and fun!  Use PearDeck to walk students through these slides.  Collect the students’ ideas for Brain Breaks and paste them into a wheel like this. Throughout the semester, periodically embed the wheel into the lesson … Continue reading 30-Second Brain Breaks

Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions

Summer Teacher Feature What you learned at your workshop: This summer I was privileged to attend a professional development workshop called the "Band Director Academy" held at the Jazz Lincoln Center facility in the Columbus Circle area of New York City.  The workshop was intended to give Middle and High School Band Directors a chance … Continue reading Informing Today’s Teaching Toolkit with Jazz Traditions