Over the last few days I have put together an activity for TeacherThanks.com. It is now available as a free download on TpT…
• Share positive stories about teachers in order to foster a supportive classroom community
• Examine and learn strategies teachers can incorporate in the classroom to make a positive impact on their students
• To demonstrate to students that you are open to new ideas
• Foster a discussion about positive teacher/student relationships
• Encourage students to take a few minutes to check out TeacherThanks.com and leave a comment if they wish.
Note: If some students can’t think of someone or don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment, tell them that is perfectly fine but you would like them to spend a few minutes thinking about positive qualities good teachers possess.
• After 10 minutes, ask if there are any students who would feel comfortable sharing what they wrote.
• As a class, discuss what teachers can do to make a positive difference and/or be effective at their job.
• You may wish to develop a list of things students shared and let them know that you will try to do those things in the classroom.
Click on the link below to download this free activity…
I am excited to share a VERY NEW project my wife and I have roughly developed. In case you are wondering…Yes, I am still going to continue building, updating and creating new content for TeachwithTech. I love exploring and teaching about educational technology. But I have an entrepreneurial spirit and teaching business and marketing really gets me jazzed about starting new things. This new idea is very simple – provide a platform for students to share positive comments and stories about a teacher who has made a positive difference in their life. The idea just came to me as I was watching my daughters dance class last week.
The domain www.teacherthanks.com was purchased from GoDaddy.com. It was a premium domain and frankly cost a lot of money but we felt that it was the perfect name for the concept. Over the last few days, a lot of work has gone into the idea and we now have a website (which needs to be tweaked, tested and probably completed changed by the time we are finished). The biggest challenge so far was creating a form for students to fill-in and then a searchable database to retrieve teacher comments. In doing some research, I found Caspio.com as they offer software for creating such things. This weekend, we are getting a designer to develop a logo for TeacherThanks. In future blogs I plan to Keep you updated on new developments so stay tuned. Here is the website in its raw form. Sometime when you have an opportunity, I would really appreciate it if you would introduce it to your class. Encourage your students to leave a comment for a teacher they have had in the past.
(remember this site needs work!!!) Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions or problems you encounter with the form or search.
Here is a video I put together for Patreon.com about TeacherThanks…