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Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011

In the spirit of counting down the year's best, we're sharing TeachHUB visitors' favorite features from the past year.

 

Here are the Top 12 most popular teacher blog posts of 2011: 


Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#1:  Teaching with Dry Erase Boards: Interactive, Effective and Fun! (Parts I,II, III)

When it comes to active engagement, nothing beats a white board. Not the expensive, high-tech kind – I’m referring to the low-tech white boards that students write on with dry erase markers.

If I had to choose between an interactive white board and a classroom set of dry erase boards, I’d choose the low-tech white boards every time.

 

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Find out why dry erase boards are great teaching tools AND how to use them to actively engage students. read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#2:  10 Ways to Deal with Difficult Students

We all have those students who are habitually in trouble or are making trouble. This post is for all the teachers who struggle to reach those kids who snarl when you look at them, recoil when you are near them, and refuse to do what they are asked.

Here are ten suggestions on how to deal with these difficult students: read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#3:  Quick List: iPad Resources For The Classroom

One question that comes into my inbox or on Twitter a lot lately is one dealing with iPads. Many schools and classrooms all over are investing in these devices and educators want to know how to use them effectively, apps to consider and more.

In keeping with the "My Favorite Resources" theme (last week I listed my favorite resources for talking about Twitter) here are my go-to resources when people ask me about iPads in the Classroom. read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#4:  Why Diigo Rocks for Educators!

Recently, I was asked why do I use Diigo for my social bookmarking tool. The more I thought about it the more I needed to write about all the great features Diigo is not just for regular ol' users but has some great features for educators too. read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#5:  Top Five Halloween Science Tricks

As Halloween approaches, I try to use the holiday as an excuse to amaze my students with science demonstrations that capture their attention, challenge their expectations, and teach them a thing or two about physics, chemistry, or biology.

Here a list of my five favorite Halloween science demonstrations: read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#6:  6 Easy Ways to Create a Caring Classroom

I’m excited to become a part of the TeachHUB blogging team! When I was asked to select a theme for my articles, it didn’t take long to settle on “Active Engagement Made Easy.” As most teachers would agree, learning should be an active process, but it’s not always easy. Without a decent game plan, active lessons can quickly disintegrate into classroom chaos.

My job will be to offer tips and strategies for how you can sneak a little activity into your lessons without losing your sanity in the process. read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#7:  Cool Google Tools for Teachers

We all know Google will do searches, mail, calendars, images and tons more stuff, but I got really excited when I came across a list on Twitter with all the Google Tools and Apps, listed A-Z. There are so many great resources for educators and students.

It was so helpful, I have done several workshops for our district on the lesser known Google tools that can play big roles in the classroom and plan to do several more. Check out this video of all this video presentation of my favorite cool tools! read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#8:  Start the New School Year Using Social Media

The 2011-2012 school year is just around the corner. My school year will be very different. It will be tough adjusting to life back in the classroom after being out of it for two years.

Over the past two years I have learned a lot about integrating technology in the classroom. One of the new strategies I learned about was utilizing social media in the classroom. read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#9:  Using Google Earth in the Science Classroom 
Seems like a no brainer right? Earth, science, they just go together. But Google Earth is way more than a glorified stand alone Google Map. There are so many cool and easy things to explore.

In Google Earth there are layers. Each of these layers are interesting facts, locations or events plotted on the globe. There are some pretty standard ones; roads, buildings, terrain. But there are some interesting ones that can support what you are doing in the science classroom. Here are just a few: read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#10:  5 Ways to Use a Document Camera in the Classroom

Document cameras are a great tool for teachers. They allow teachers to take what used to be individual assignments and turn them into class assignments, creating more discussion, interaction, and maintaining students' attention. I highly recommend purchasing of a document camera for your teachers or departments.

 

Below are some of the ways that I have been using the document camera in my classroom: read more.

 

Top 12 Teacher Blog Posts of 2011#11:  Sustain the Honeymoon Period All School Year

Last week I jumped into a new district, a new position, and a whole lot of new challenges. After two years teaching in high schools--one rural and one very urban--I'm exploring an entirely new category of teaching.

This year, I'm traveling between two different middle schools working to develop literacy skills in struggling students. The schools are just a short drive across town from one another, but serve entirely different communities in this urban sub-city of Kansas City. Along with the drive between buildings and the extra set of keys, I've got several different principals to keep track of--or, maybe they're keeping track of me--probably both. read more.

 

#12:  Transform Students into eBook Authors

Ready to add published author to the resume of you AND your students? That's no problem with the new web tool I discovered.

ePubBud is my new favorite in the publishing arena. You can easily put together picture books and stories to download to your computer and read on your internet browser, eReader, Kindle, iPad or any mobile device. Students will feel like really important authors when their work moves from the fridge to the digital world.

To further personalize stories, you can scan students' drawing to include in the eBook or help them design a cover/images to upload. Stories can even include YouTube videos, which enhances the reading experience for students with different learning styles and make creating books even more fun.

Posting the books themselves is fairly simple, but publishing can be a little tricky. Below I've detailed simple step-by-step directions to create and share your ebooks with ease.  read more.