Choice-Rich Class Environment

Choice-Rich Class Environment is like… being able to swim in a deep beautiful ocean with no fear of the lack of oxygen or an attack from a shark…! 

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iTeach with iPads

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Have you ever listened to a 5 year old tell about their work? Try listening to 25 of them.  Daily.  They have so much they want to tell and explain that I don’t have enough ears to listen to it all.  Their work is so detailed and there are like 40 bajillion things they absolutely must tell, and if you interrupt them even once, they must.  start.  over.

Thank goodness I have Explain Everything.  It is the perfect app for my kids to demonstrate their workflow, show me what they have learned and talk, talk, talk to their hearts content.  If they mess up, they just erase and start over.  My kids are learning about labeling and annotating their work.  Scientists label and good readers annotate…

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Interfaith Youth Activist

MLK day of service just passed last month and Black History month began this past week. I’ve been thinking about diversity this month about, MLK’s goals, and what he wanted, which made me reflect about by school.

I recently switched schools for high school. I went from a public school to a private school. These two schools are different in many different ways. My school currently is a lot more laid back compared to the public school I went to for two years. My current school has more flexibility with teachers, we have more freedom, and the quality of education is much better.

One big difference between the two schools is the diversity of the student body. My current school is predominately filled with upper-middle class Jews, but my old school had a variety of people, in terms of race, class, and economics.

Both of these circumstances can be either…

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The WordPress.com Blog

Last month, we attended the Modern Language Association’s annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, and had a great time talking to educators about how WordPress.com encourages in-class conversations to keep going and keeps students and parents up to date. Today, we’re taking a closer look at how some tech-savvy teachers are using WordPress.com to create educational experiences that seamlessly blend the traditional and virtual worlds.

The Paper-Free Class Experiment

My name is Mr. Hays and I teach 8th grade Language Arts. I am a National Board Certified teacher, and I have been reflecting on my role as a teacher this past summer. This year, I  have decided to try a radically different approach to teaching. I want to step away from the traditional classroom for a while and see just how much we can do online.

With The Paper-Free Class Experiment, Florida middle school English teacher James Hays has built…

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