Secondary Curriculum Newsletter

Amanda Goode

Welcome Back!

The new year is in full swing. There are new opportunities and new challenges. The goal of my newsletters will be two fold:

1. To give you great resources to use in your classroom.
2. To encourage and support you.

I hope you will contact me should you need help, encouragement, or even if you have ideas from which others could benefit. I hope you continue to have a fabulous year!
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Technology Tip

Kimber Johnson, 8th grade Science teacher, introduced me to a cool new assessment tool called Plickers. Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. All the teacher needs is a smart phone or ipad. What a unique way to assess students during a lesson. Make sure you check it out. If you would like me to come demonstrate how to use this tool in the classroom, please email me. I would be happy to come show you how easy it is to use. Click on the link below for more information.

Classroom Management Tip: DO Sweat the Small Stuff

From Tyler Hester @ Edutopia: In those first few minutes, hours and days in the classroom, you are essentially creating a world. And you want a world in which students do things that will keep them or put them on a path to a life replete with meaningful opportunities. Behaviors or actions that will detract from that world should be nipped in the bud. If you only "sweat" major misbehaviors, students will get the sense that minor misbehaviors are OK. If, on the other hand, you lovingly confront even the smallest misbehaviors, then it will be clear to students that, inside the four walls of your classroom, things that detract from what you're trying to achieve – even in small ways – just don’t fly.

For more information on his article, click on the link below:

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Inspirational Tip: "Every Kid Needs a Champion" by Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. I challenge each of you to watch this video. It will inspire you!
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