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More Books About Hacking Education for You to Buy and Read

More Books About Hacking Education for You to Buy and Read

As an educator, effective communication is the key to meeting learning objectives. To get the message across to your students, you adopt a different way of delivering information in the classroom. Essentially, you work smarter not harder.

Some additional titles about hacking education that you’ll want to check out include:

 • Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 1) by Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez. How schools approach challenges that get in the way of learning determines how successful their students are at overcoming obstacles. In Volume 1 of the Hack Learning Series, the authors address barriers to learning. They explain how to overcome negative attitudes, technology issues, lack of resources, and interruptions in planning time. It’s chock full of strategies that help you tap into your innate hacker mentality. A simple formula helps you implement hacks inside the classroom right away. First, you address the problem. Next, you identify the right hack and follow the step-by-step action plan. Finally, you see the hack in action because you’re able to put it to use right away.

 • Hacking Google for Education: 99 Ways to Leverage Google Tools in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 11) by Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco. Get ready to change the way you use Google. It’s not just for browsing the web, it’s also for learning, communicating, and innovating. This guide is broken down into 33 chapters with 99 hacks to put to good use in the classroom. It tells you how to use Google Maps, Tours, Slides, and more to transform the learning environment inside your classroom, school, and district.


Character Education in Public Schools

Our public school system, from arrival to dismissal, is packed with objectives, lessons, and expectations. It may almost seem detrimental to throw another curriculum course on top of everything else. The case for character education, however, is different. Unlike the academic subject areas, character education teaches social emotional skills to students that they can use in any situation, whether the student is interacting with other students, adults, or deciding their course of action alone. Character education is an important element of socialization that can be easily overlooked. When students are introduced to concepts of character, they are asked to reflect on their own personal values and how they are treating others around them. With a well-written character education curriculum, students can be guided into considering their actions and how they affect others around them. This self-reflection leads to a positive school climate where students are more considerate of their own behaviors. Giving students and teachers a common vocabulary will allow them to communicate their emotions and ideas more effectively, and in turn, can reduce unwanted behaviors. 
Character education also allows for a stronger understanding of social emotional learning. When conflict arises between students, they can communicate to one another by their observations on each others behaviors through the lens of the common character values. This empowers students to self advocate and to advocate for others if they see peers are being targeted for teasing or bullying. A strong character education will also allow for the foundations of successful adult interactions. Through scaffolding character education throughout the years of development, students can be given a stronger understanding of their own character strengths and shortcomings. They can better understand how to utilize their strengths in each social situation, while understanding what character traits they need to practice to improve. By understanding their own strengths, they will be able to see the value in a diversity of character traits in their peers, and will be better able to work in diverse groups of people throughout their lives. 

What do you do to foster character education at your school?

Get Started on the Right Foot

Well, it's back to school and it conjures up feelings of excitement, new beginnings, and even a bit of anxiety particularly if you are a beginning teacher (even if you're not). That's to be expected, after all you may look back over the courses you took to prepare you for an elementary school classroom and wonder if you are.

When you do look back over the courses that you took to prepare you for elementary education, can you think of any skills or knowledge that you might need but haven't acquired yet? For example, do you know how to organize a grade book so that you can mark it 'on the fly' and correctly assess all your students by the end of the school day? Can you use an electronic grade book?

I know from personal experience that my own "classroom management" course barely skimmed the surface of what I really needed to know to be truly successful. There wasn't any discussion about how to utilize a grade book, how to take attendance, dealing with audiovisual equipment, distributing supplies to your students, construction noise, just to name a few.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you a strategy that I used with my students and it has saved me a bunch of time and needless to say aggravation. This strategy that I am talking about is, "Always give your students one direction at a time." I know what you're probably thinking, "Wow, this is going to take all day to do a simple task." But I can assure you that it will not. I go into a lot more detail in my classroom management book "Get Started on the Right Foot." If this was the only strategy that you took away from reading this book, it would more than justify the cost.

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What is a strategy that you have used in your classroom that has worked really well? Please share!