Mrs. Cook's Corner

Indicators 3a & 3b

Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools an resources and access to technology-rich learning environments

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)

Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)

This seems so simple, but in reality- you must give careful consideration to classroom management and learning strategies when introducing a new tool to students. When I was developing my PD for Flipgrid, I thought back to my experiences using the tool with my students, in order to develop a set of norms that I could share with teachers. I share the example below with educators so they have some sort of baseline to create classroom norms with their students. I also encourage teachers to begin with a fun topic like saying “hi” or introducing their pets so that students can get their wiggles out in a non stressful entry task.

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Other ways that I think a teacher can set his or her class up for success is to be organized. When teaching about beginning a Makerspace I like to highlight the way I keep materials organized and show them how to safely use tools. If students are organized and they are being safe, then the learning is the focus.

Photo of Makey Makey Storage
Photo of labeled Makerspace Materials