Survival - the first week of school; that is what most teachers think as Friday if finally here! We survived the first week now we can settle in! In my district, we had to add to the mix password resets for grades 5-12. Necessary but seems to be at the worst possible, stressful time for most. Amid all the chaos of the week, I am reminded of needing to communicate more and #teachsmall . I am again encouraging our teachers to use Remind to communicate daily and often with students via text. Keeping with the teach small concept means it is the small things you do that matter most. Big learning can take place when the small pieces come together to foster a better relationship with your students and their parents. In this world of information, why not use it to your advantage and make it as easy as texting a reminder, a homework note, or words of praise and encouragement. I know I often want to write thank you letters and will eventually get around to possibly an email but sometimes a simple text goes a long way.
I work with teachers and students as an education technology specialist for middle school and serve as the TXDLA K-12 Board Member. My goal is to share innovative and useful information for other educators, as well as catalog my personal finds along the way!