“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”  By William Pollard

One of the best parts of my job is that I’m in many different types of classrooms every day and I see amazing things going on. I also regularly checkout Twitter, blogs, Pinterest etc and see amazing ideas! Todays blog post are the top ideas that I think are worth sharing so that my readers can steal for their classrooms.

1. Gamification with BattleShip:  I first saw Periodic Table Battleship on Pinterest and thought it was creative. You can have students do this with other topics such as vocabulary words.


Learning Battleship

2. Learning Pods: I recently went into a 1st grade classroom and she has learning pods that she created out of bins. The kids love them and it redefines the learning environment for low cost.

learning pods

3. Social Cue Cards: I have seen these cards being used in K-2 classrooms to help teach students social cues when working in a group.

4. Learning Carpet is a permanently gridded, 100 square floor mat (6 feet square and bound on all sides), on which children from Kindergarten to Grade 5, are able to develop their understanding of different concepts through kinesthetic learning. For example I have seen it be used for graphing, as a hundreds board chart, for geometry or for site words. The site has lots of resources and ideas as well.

5. Ted-Ed Clubs  supports students in presenting their big ideas in the form of short TED-style talks. Some students may even end up on the TED stage! Want to learn how to start a TED-Ed Club?  Download the TED-Ed Club information packet.  I have seen amazing student Ted Ed’s on all different topics from ‘Understanding How Vitamin D Works’ from a fourth grader to ‘Redefining Feminism’ by a 10th grader.




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