As you return to school, consider tranferring your printed resources into podcasts.
Here is a podcast by Tremaine Jackson and Deborah Tarsiewicz explaining the growing popularity of the genre, Steampunk novels. What I like is the transferability of your hardcopy texts to Web 2.0 tools such as Podcasts. As explained in a previous post on podcasts, I like Pod-0-Matic, a free podcast conversion utility.
Give a listen:
Some uses for Podcasts:
website greeting for parents
daily/weekly class annoucement on your website or blog
student projects –poem recitations, stories, biographies, summaries of novels, historical periods, current event
weekly “TeacherTalk” diaglogue starring you and a colleague
General Tips for Podcasts:
keep language concise, direct, and lively
keep podcasts short…less than 4 minutes
add texture with music, sound effects
Great source for Podcasts:
Library of Congress–my personal favorite
click here to read more about incorporating social media in your classroom (pdf download)
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, 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.