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Writing Better Grant Proposals (Permalink)

I don’t believe we have to debate the merits of teachers writing grants for their classrooms but I’m sure we’d all like to improve our skills.

Having written only a few grants myself (but loving the opportunity to try for more), I need all the help I can get.

I’ve learned that successful grant writing must be detailed and tailored to the specifics of the grant. It’s also helpful to show the compelling need for your school to receive this grant and exactly how the grant will help meet those needs.

Check these tips on writing your grant proposal before you submit your next work.

Taking Creative Risks with Students (Permalink)

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Whether it’s your first day of school or the first day of your twentieth year, there is also value in taking creative risks with your students.

Our students will model what they see in their classrooms.

Want a group of disengaged, distracted kids? Nothing will promote that more than a teacher that isn’t engaged in their classes and can’t seem to focus on teaching.

Want your kids to hop in on some edu-shenanigans? Be the shenanigans starter.

From the moment the school year begins, you can take some risks to make your classroom a different place. And if you’ve already started the year, there’s still time to make a change.

The best time to plant a tree was yesterday. The next best time is today.

Dive into these ideas and take some risks.

Rethinking Rubrics in a Digital Age (Permalink)

I’ve long been a fan of Hyperdocs; a lesson-building format that focused on providing students with the resources they need to work at their own pace throughout a lesson or unit.

Hyperdocs also gives teachers the chance to provide supports for students in a lesson exactly when they need it most. The format works well in either virtual or blended learning environments, giving students control over the pace of the lesson.

With a bit of a different twist, there’s now the HyperRubric.

Think of it as a traditional rubric super-powered with examples and supports that will give students the resources they need to complete a task.

HyperRubrics can give help students answer the “why” behind what they are doing in a lesson rather than just the what. We’ve all had great lessons that students loved but at the end of the lesson, students can’t really express what they were supposed to be learning during the lesson, only remembering the cool stuff they did.

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Using HyperRubrics can provide a focus for students and help teachers think critically about what supports students will need to achieve outcomes.

Podcasts for Teachers (Permalink)

I’ve got a 30ish minute ride to the office every day. As a former podcaster, I spend much of that time listening to podcasts.

Podcasts are a form of the oldest media format in history: listening to others talk. For centuries, our history was passed down from the mouths of a speaker to the ears of another. When you listen to podcasts, you continue an age-old tradition of learning.

I’m sure you have your favorites but you may be looking to add something new to the mix. You might like to check out one of these 10 podcasts specifically geared towards teachers.

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