Student Survey - On his website, Ron Ritchhart has a student survey (and survey breakdown) on classroom perceptions. This is a great idea to give to your students at the end of this school year and use for personal reflection for improvement for next year. The constructs being surveyed include: Teacher Goals (work vs. learning), Academic Press or Thinking, Learning as Collaboration, Building a Community of Learners, and Academic Efficacy. You can then use the breakdown to look at each type of question and what the response say about your classroom. I have also attached these documents.
Maker Spaces - Nicholas Provenzano and Suzie Boss highlight some of the positive influences maker spaces are having in schools across our country. Stop by our own maker space to see what’s happening here at Reuther!
Food for thought:
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." - Albert Einstein
http://www.teachthought.com/ this is a blog devoted to supporting educators in evolving learning for a 21st century audience. They offer tons of ideas for incorporating technology into your classroom. Their mission from the website: “Our mission is illuminate and actuate optimal learning for everyone, everywhere. This starts with helping smart teachers teach smart, and it extends to work with like-minded organizations to bring visibility and traction to their ideas.” Check it out!