Sailing into The Future with Digital Activities



Don’t Throw the Teacher Overboard




Digital activities, paperless classrooms, Google Classroom, 1:1 classrooms.  Everywhere teachers are being encouraged to use more digital activities with their students. I think that used properly these devices can be very useful to teachers and students. Teachers should be supported in using digital activities.  Teachers know their students’ needs better than anyone. There are things to remember when planning to use digital activities.
1. There must be a balance.  Students need to write with and without devices. Students need to learn to think, communicate, and use social skills. Students also need to use digital devices.
2. Digital activities help teachers to differentiate instruction. For example, some students may be ready for a math activity in October and others or not ready for the same activity until December.  With a library of digital activities from which to choose, it is easier for teachers to meet the needs of students.
3. Having a variety of activities in different themes allows teachers to assign activities that match their students’ interests.
4. Digital activities help students in intervention groups and special education.
5. Digital activities promote engagement with learning.
6. Digital activities are interactive.
7. Digital activities will work best when teachers have the ability to choose the activities that will best meet the needs of their students.
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A Little Help setting your goals.



Have you ever thought about selling teaching resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook but don’t know where to start? Let’s talk about Business Goals. That's right, a business goal. What is a business goal you may ask? The goal plan is a detailed outline of how you are going to get your business going and making a profit as quickly as possible.  If you were asked to describe a goal, could you do that in less than 10 words? Let me help you. A goal is a dream that is written down. To make it even more to the point, the goal must be SMART. If you were to say your goal is to earn $20,000 in a year selling online digital products, that is a dream and to make it a goal you should write it down and how you are going to achieve that goal. The following is a guide to help you realize your goals. 

I said your goals must be SMART. What that means is that each goal should be:
Specific.   What will the goal accomplish? Why and how will it be accomplished?
Measurable.    How will you measure if your goal has been reached? 
Achievable.     Is it possible? Do I have the necessary knowledge and resource to accomplish the                 goal? Can I meet the goal without defeating myself?
Results.      What is the result of the goal? (Not the activities leading up to the result.)
Time sensitive. What is the established completion date? Does this date create a reasonable 
             sense of urgency?

Using the above goal of earning $20,000 in a year of digital online sales is a fantastic goal. Here is an example of what the SMART goal would look like.

Specific  
By September 1st of 2018 I will have earned $20,000 in sales. These earning will allow me to pay off my mortgage. I will work use social media marketing to achieve these sales.
This is the What, Why and How part. 
Example is "By September 1st of 2018 I will have earned $20,000 in sales" = what
"These earning will allow me to pay off my mortgage" = why
 "I will use social medial marketing strategies to achieve these sales." = how

Measurable
The goal should be measurable so that you have tangible proof of your accomplished goal. The entire goal statement is a measure for the project. In our goal example a monthly measurement can be used to ensure the goal is on track to be met.
This is the measurable part of the goal
Example is “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018

Achievable
Your goal should be achievable; they should stretch you slightly so you feel challenged and still defined enough so that it can be reached. To achieve your goal, you must have the necessary knowledge and resources to achieve the goal. Most any goal can be met when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that will allow you to carry out those steps. As you go through the plan and carry out the steps you can achieve the goal that may have seemed impossible when you begin.  Note that if a goal is impossible to achieve you may not even want to try. Achievable goals can motivate you. Impossible goals can frustrate and demoralize. 
This is the possible part of the goal. Here you will need the knowledge and skills to achieve the goal.
Example is “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
For you to achieve this goal you should have the basic knowledge of creating digital products and a good working knowledge of social media marketing. You should also have a strong discipline of time management.

Results – focused
Goals should measure outcomes, not activities. The result of our goal is to earn $20,000 by September 1st 2018.  Remember that doing busy work is different than doing productive work. The individual activities and actions that occur in order to make the goal a reality is important but keep in mind that your goal is result focused not a busy work activity focused.  
This is the results part of the goal. 
Example is  “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
This part of the goal results can be seen monthly in your earnings statements.

Time Sensitive
Your goal should be linked to a reasonable time frame that will create a practical sense of urgency or results in tension between the current reality and the completion of your goal. Without the tension or urgency your goal is unlikely to produce the outcome you want.
This is the urgency or when part of the goal.
Example is  “I will have earned $20,000 by September 1st 2018”
The date of September 1st 2018 is the Time Sensitive part of your goal.

The writing of S.M.A.R.T. goals is very important for accomplishing individual goals. Your goal is what you want it to be. There is no reason to compare or measure your goal with someone else’s goal. Remember you only should be better today than you were yesterday.  I hope this helps you with growing and succeeding in your business.
 
Attached is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal Questionnaire. Please use it to help with setting your goals and making those dreams come to profit for yourself.

Do you have a goal?





Have you ever thought about selling teaching resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook but don’t know where to start? Let’s talk about Business Goals. That's right, a business goal. What is a business goal you may ask? The goal plan is a detailed outline of how you are going to get your business going and making a profit as quickly as possible.  If you were asked to describe a goal, could you do that in less than 10 words? Let me help you. A goal is a dream that is written down. To make it even more to the point, the goal must be SMART. If you were to say your goal is to earn $20,000 in a year selling online digital products, that is a dream and to make it a goal you should write it down and how you are going to achieve that goal. The following is a guide to help you realize your goals. 

I said your goals must be SMART. What that means is that each goal should be:
Specific.            What will the goal accomplish? Why and how will it be accomplished?
Measurable.       How will you measure if your goal has been reached? 
Achievable.        Is it possible? Do I have the necessary knowledge and resource to accomplish
               the goal? Can I meet the goal without defeating myself?
Results.              What is the result of the goal? (Not the activities leading up to the result.)
Time sensitive.   What is the established completion date? Does this date create a reasonable
                            sense of urgency?


The writing of S.M.A.R.T. goals is very important for accomplishing individual goals. Your goal is what you want it to be. There is no reason to compare or measure your goal with someone else’s goal. Remember you only should be better today than you were yesterday.  I hope this helps you with growing and succeeding in your business. 

Summer!




"Summertime and the living is easy."  I love those lyrics from the song, "Summertime," by George Gershwin.  The living can be easier for teachers during summer break.  However it is important to remember that summer is not one long paid holiday.  Teachers who get checks during the summer have already earning that money during the previous school year.  

Many teachers take part time jobs during the summer to earn extra money.  Some teachers work in retail.  Cheryl enjoyed working at a Disney Store when we lived in TX.  For her, the perks were fantastic.  As a life long Disney fan, she loved earning discounts on tickets to Disney parks and at Disney resort hotels.

Many teachers work at clothing stores to earn discounts on fashion for themselves or their children, or at gyms to help pay for memberships for their families.  One of Cheryl's teacher friends worked at a movie theater because she loved earning a little extra money and being able to see the summer blockbusters.  If you would like to work during the summer, try to find something you truly enjoy.

 Many teachers like to devote extra time and attention to their families during the summer. This does not have to be expensive.  Look for local attractions that offer discounts for teachers.  Zoos and museums often offer educator discounts.  Sea World is known for offering teacher discounts.
Discount movies are a great place to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.

Do the things that you loved as a kid with your kids.  Play putt putt.  Go to a water park.  Go to a local beach. Go on a picnic.  Read good books together.  See an outdoor play.  Attend an outdoor concert,

Most importantly of all take time to enjoy some unstructured time.  Decompress and relax.  Recharge your batteries so you can go back to the new school year with renewed energy.  Don't forget to treat your self to a massage or a manicure.  Do the things that make you feel special.

Have a great summer!

What is your favorite summertime fun?

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Six Positive Classroom Management Strategies







“Students don’t care how much you know, until they know
 how much you care!”  John C. Maxwell.

Take time to get to know your students.  Give each student the opportunity to talk, write, or draw about themselves each day for the first two weeks of school.    Do they participate in a sport?  Do they have a pet or pets?  What do they love to do when they have free time?  What do they like to do with friends?  Would they rather spend time working alone or with a friend?  Who are the members of their families?  Keep these drawings, writings, and notes that you take when a child is sharing orally in a file for each child.  These will be valuable when you need to give a student assignments that fit his or her interests.

Grab the students’ attention before transitions.  I would often break into song.  The songs were usually made up on the spur of the moment, but some were favorites that I used year after year.  During the crazy holiday season, I would sing, “Deck the halls with boughs of holly.”  The children would sing, “Fa, la, la, la, la.”  Then we would all but our fingers over our lips and say “shhhh”, very quietly. This was very calming to the students and to me.  Clapping hands, turning off the lights, playing a chime, are just a few of the strategies for getting the students’ attention.

Establish routines, and model, model, model!  Once in the middle of the school year, a new student joined our class.  He did not speak or understand English.  This is when I learned the awesome power of modeling behavior expectations.  I would pull out a card with a situation such as walk quietly to the carpet.  I would demonstrate an incorrect way to follow the direction, and then call on two or three students to act out the correct way.  The whole class loved this.  Anytime the class needed some reminders of routines or expectations, we would act out the incorrect and correct way to follow the directions on our behavior choice cards.

Correct students privately.  No one likes to be criticized in front of his or her friends.  If it is a small correction, quietly whisper to the child.  If a serious talk is needed ask the child to meet you at the door, step out into the hall and talk quietly with the child.  Remember to keep the door open, so you can hear what is going on in the class, and stay very close to door.  Don’t scold, use a quiet voice and discuss the situation. 

Keep your composure.  School can be overwhelming for both students and teachers.  If you feel stress building, take a deep breath and center yourself.

Let your students know that you love them.  Establish routines and remind students of the routines whenever needed.  Model the routines.  Remind students of classroom expectations in supportive ways.  Be firm and kind.  Sometimes your tone of voice can make all the difference.  

What are your favorite tips for classroom management?  We would love to read your comments.


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