Advice From BVMS Educators
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon - reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward-thinking that leads to true accomplishment.
180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle. Gallagher and Kittle are two master teachers that have collaborated to plan a year of ELA teaching. They identify and prioritize what needs to be taught in an ELA class and best practices to get it all done.
The Lynx Way – our district-wide character development program teaches students to be safe, kind, respectful, responsible, and active learners.
ICU – an after school program for struggling students. Every Tuesday-Thursday, ICU is held from 3:15-4:15 p.m. for students that are behind or need extra help on assignments. Teachers submit missing work to the ICU database, and a paid staff member works with those students in the library.
CTE Career Exploration – a course for eighth grade students that helps them identify potential future careers based on their strengths, interests, and goals.
Smart Lab – a course for all middle school students that focuses on STEM.
LanSchool – a classroom management software used to monitor students’ computer activity. Teachers can see the screen of all students in their classroom, send a message to one or all devices, take a screenshot of any concerns, freeze all computers for large group instruction, and block students from visiting specific websites while taking an online quiz.
Kahoot – students love this interactive review game! Create a Kahoot quiz, join with a PIN provided by the host, and answer questions on your device.
Gimkit - is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. Students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Throughout a Kit, each student will get exposure to the questions multiple times to ensure mastery. Students earn in-game “cash” by answering questions correctly. But be careful, an incorrect answer will cost you! Students can reinvest their money by purchasing upgrades & powerups. With over 2.5 million combinations, students can make purchases that suit their strengths.
Socrative – an online platform to administer any assessment. The teacher launches the assessment and students join by entering a room code. Once finished, the teacher can download data of every student and identify commonly missed questions to reteach and enhance lesson plans.
LearnSmart – an embedded learning system available from McGraw-Hill that targets reading comprehension and science literacy. LearnSmart allows teachers to assign specific readings intermixed with questions. If a student misses a question, they are redirected to the text and asked a variation of the same question before moving on.
ALEKS – an embedded learning system available from McGraw-Hill. Students practice topics and math content through examples and explanation in learning mode. Teachers can design daily assignments and assessments that require students to practice using different input and manipulation tools. ALEKS allows for students to practice their math skills and receive immediate feedback and explanation to help them stay interested and striving to be their best math student.
Technology Integration for Teachers – a public group on Facebook with great websites and ideas for technology-based learning, digital citizenship, and teacher professional development.
GooseChase – a fun, interactive way to send students (or staff!) on a scavenger hunt. Picture or video files are submitted for evidence of task completion and teams are awarded points. The team with the highest score at the end of the chase wins!
Flipgrid - Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or community by recording and sharing short, awesome videos…together! It’s a great way for students to reflect upon, discuss and showcase what they are learning, making, reading, solving, experiencing, or playing.
Seesaw - Students explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them. Search by grade level, subject, and keyword to find activities made by real teachers, or make your own!
Whooo’s Reading - provides higher level questioning about what students are reading. It is a great alternative to multiple choice questions. It provides students the opportunity to reflect on what they are reading in a game like atmosphere.
S-Cubed – a program that helps students learn to sight-read and gain a better understanding of pitch recognition using solfege. Students can practice correctly matching pitch, hand signs, and intervals without the use of the piano. It is been available through TpT and JW Pepper.
SmartMusic - a great practice tool for musicians to check their accuracy in their performance preparation. It adds accompaniment to make at-home practice more varied and supportive.