Suzanna: I’m a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, I did my undergrad in Industrial/Organization Psychology and my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. This year is my first year as a Lead Trainer of our new Digital Learning Specialists team. When I was in the classroom I taught 5th & 6th grade Social Studies to Bilingual and Special Education students. It’s what pushed me to find creative tools to reach my students where they were and I realized that technology was that tool!
Looking back, 2016-17 was my most successful school year yet. All the ideas I had about my own classroom started to take form as I reflected on the things that went well and tanked in previous years. I finally incorporated the perfect balance of rigor, high expectations and consistent classroom management, all while facilitating a classroom culture that encouraged our students to form a real community. Here are some real ideas and teacher tips to help you and your students grow through the course of this next school year!
Being a teacher today is one tough business. We are teaching in a world where social media is king and our content seems to be less and less appealing to our kids. Finding ways to bring content to our students, engage students and grab their attention is vital to our survival as teachers. We are constantly trying to keep up with trends that seem to change hourly. Though the list of ways to expand student engagement is ever evolving, here are a few tips you can try!