Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Back-to-School Survival Tip #2

Many Texas schools begin tomorrow… here is a back-to-school survival tip:

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #1

Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Laugh During Meetings



Video by Gerry Brooks, the Funniest Principal on the Planet




Back to School: Gear Up with Gratitude Mini-Lessons

The busy timetables of the school year can leave little time for extensive new units of study. As teachers, instructional designers, administrators realize the compacted time demands of each day, other options are possible.

Consider mini-lessons of 10-15 minutes to reinforce essentials concepts to enhance the invitational component of your classroom or online course.


  1. All Ages: Invite students to give voice to their gratitude. Youngest learners may draw and younger learners through adult learners can write or type for 10- 15 minutes on this prompt: How do you feel when you hear the words “Thank you”? Students can also text their answers to this prompt or use the Penzu online journal.
    Research Reinforcement: James Pennebaker, professor at the University of Texas conducted research that points to benefits of writing/journaling on well-being. Read more at this Link
  2. For Grades PK-2: This video from PBS Learning media describes how important it is for youngest learners to show appreciation to the parents and caregivers in their lives that help them!  Watch Video
  3. For Grades 5-12: Braincraft has the science behind why expressing gratitude feels so good. Watch Video
  4. Have a little more time? Feeling and expressing gratitude can help students better appreciate the kindness of others and the importance of their relationships with everyone in their lives. Dive into this lesson plan from PBS Learning Media that will spark a discussion around the meaning of gratitude. Explore Lesson Plans


Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 25

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. ~H. E. Luccock

Happy Back to School!

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 26

“{Setting} Goals has a directive effect on cognition and behavior, directing attention and effort toward goal- relevant tasks and away from irrelevant activities. Goals also serve an energizing function, which stimulates individuals to exert the effort necessary to match the demands of the task (Schunk, 2001).” ~ Consuelo Cabral-Márquez, in Motivating Readers: Helping Students Set and Attain Personal Reading Goals.

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Cabral‐Márquez, C. (2015). Motivating Readers. The Reading Teacher, 68(6), 464-472.

Schunk, D. H. (2001). Self-regulation through goal setting. Greensborough, NC : ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student
Services . (ERIC Document Reproduction Service Report No. ED462671).

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Back to School Pep Talk from Kid President


A Classroom Emphasis on Wisdom



Weekend Ed. Quote~August 23

Wisdom By Einstein

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” ~Albert Einstein



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Back to School~Classroom Design

BacktoSchoolI wrote a post last week asking for advice, ideas, quotes, and best wishes for my daughter who begins her first year of teaching next Monday. I have really appreciated the responses and learned from them.

One veteran teacher and friend sent a link for practical suggestions for many beginning activities, such as designing classroom layout space.

The layout of your classroom fosters a great response for learning. I would always have a seating chart set for the first day, even though students would be changing schedules during the first week. Knowing that I knew their name and had prepared for their arrival made a difference to my students.

Click this link to read the blogger’s ideas and apply the suggestions.


Back to School~ Job Applications for Classroom Jobs



I wrote a post last week asking for advice, ideas, quotes, and best wishes for my daughter who begins her first year of teaching next Monday. I have really appreciated the responses and learned from them.

One veteran teacher and friend sent a link for practical suggestions for many beginning activities setting up classroom jobs.  Students request classroom jobs using a job application. This is a great idea for building a community spirit within your classroom and teaching real-world job application skils.  Click here to read more

You no doubt have your list of Classroom Helper Jobs.

Here is a partial list of some of the classroom jobs I assigned to students:

1.) Greeter(s)  (1-2 students stood with me at the door and handled extra books/coats/projects/requests) This is best assigned first to someone who usually arrives early to class.

2.) Technology Assistant (1-2 students who checked that the computer, whiteboard, and printer were turned-on, dusted and the paper was filled with paper).

3.) Writer,  Make-up Calendar (1 student who filled in the highlights of the days’ assignments in our make-up calendar.)

4.) Tutor (1-2 students who were available to inform an absent student about what he/she missed)

5.) Lunch ticket counter

6.) Supply Monitor (1-2 students to place the days’ supplies-books, art supplies, maps, worksheets, websites addresses out and ready)

7.) Publicity (one student to use the classroom disposable camera to snap “the learning moment”) I liked using disposable cameras for this job because I could control when the pictures were developed and when/if the were distributed.

8.) Graphic Artist-Bulletin Board (1-2 students to plan and design one bulletin board and keep it updated)

9.) Receptionist (1 student to answer the phone in the classroom. A sample telephone script was written on a card near the phone for students to say.)

10.) Collections Agent (1-2 students to collect papers, projects, printouts from students and deposit them in designated areas in our room)

What jobs would you add to this list?



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