Washing the Windows

I’ll be spending some time ‘spring cleaning’ the blog for visitation by all those aforementioned demographic groups. Rather like a window washer, it takes courage and trust to create the transparency needed to showcase beautiful things.

[Day 6 of the #30goals challenge with Shelley Terrell @shellterrell and Lisa Dabbs @teachingwthsoul.]

Acrophobes Need Not Apply
Creative Commons License photo credit: ret0dd

Since unplugging Edmodo, I’m returning to my classroom blog to share resources, links, and lessons with students.  Today’s #30goals challenge was a good reminder that I can build upon that platform to increase transparency across the board- students, teachers, parents, administrators…. anyone can easily reference what is happening in the Computer Lab.  Currently, it is a glorified bookmarking site, with weekly posts of new sites to review.  I’d like to change that by posting ideas, videos, and weekly lesson plans. This challenge was very timely! I’ll be spending some time ‘spring cleaning’ the blog for visitation by all those aforementioned demographic groups because I sincerely do want to invite them into a welcoming space that has something special in store just for them. Rather like a window washer, it takes courage and trust to create the transparency needed to showcase beautiful things.

Posting weekly plans offers a number of benefits:

  1. I can plan ahead.  Using WordPress’s schedule post feature, I can keep drafts of upcoming lesson plans and post them at a future date.
  2. I can use these posts to create a lesson plan book to turn it at the end of the year.  There is an amazing WordPress plug-in called “Anthologize” which allows you to take posts and pages and create a book from them.
  3. I will have substitue plans pre-written and posted.  There will be some procedural things I do not include, but those are already covered in my sub-binder.
  4. I can still interact with students via the comments feature on each post…. but I see them first and approve them.
  5. I will be more effectively on the same page with all classes.  Sometimes, due to assemblies or field trips or holidays, one class gets further ahead than another.  This will help us stay more ‘together’. I know my music teacher plans two lessons a week, and the classes that miss just move on with the rest.  It’s a little different with the computer classes.
  6. I can easily share with others what I’m doing. I plan to cross-post to this blog so I can share ideas and also keep a record for myself and future employers.

You’ll find my weekly post template draft below.  What would you add or remove? Anything you’d change? I primarily want it to be a resource for the students, so I’ve tried to place things in a logical order that also entices them to come check out new things later. I strategically placed the parent info at the bottom, so that they can skim through the lessons and ideas before reaching the bottom. I may create a table to put the website and video of the week side-by-side, leaving the lessons the ‘main thing’.  I know my kinder kids get confused quickly if there’s too much to sift through. Also, I’m in the market for a cross-posting plugin that will auto-post this one from my classroom blog to this one, so I can share what I’m doing without copy/pasting.  Beyond that, I’m looking for an ’email me’ button where students can email me quickly from the blog page, and also would let them send me files straight from the blog…. hmmmm….. something to ponder.

Any ideas for me as I’m ‘cleaning-up’ the classroom blog for transparent sharing?

Website of the Week

(linked image here)

Video of the Week

(fun video or tutorial here)

Lessons of the Week

Notes from Mrs. C

(video of me here)

(links here)

(student showcase piece- link to blog post or their work here)

Kindergarten

(audio or video here)

(linked image here)

1st

(audio here)

(image here)

(text here)

2nd

(audio here)

(image here)

(text here)

3rd

(audio here)

(image here)

(text here)

4th

(audio here)

(image here)

(text here)

5th

(audio here)

(image here)

(text here)

Parent Tip of the Week

(text here)

(link here)

(tip here)

Teacher Tip of the Week

(text here)

(link here)

(tip here)

2 thoughts on “Washing the Windows”

  1. This looks AWESOME Julie! I love that you don’t just read blogs and nod, you put all of your learning to practice and seek out feedback and recommendations to refine and do the BEST for your students and families. Hallmark of a master learner.
    Have you tried to search “email button wordpress” on Google…think that has brought me what I needed in the past.

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