I just finished my first ever #PassTheScopeEDU yesterday! Pass the Scope EDU is an event that happens every third Thursday of the month. Educators from around the world sign up to do 5-15 minute Persicopes about a certain topic depending on the month. This month’s topics were: what are we planning on doing this year that is new to us and what gets our creative mojo going? You can view my Periscope from yesterday here: Heather’s PeriscopeTV You can also access the Storify of yesterday’s scoping at: July 21st Storify
The next #PassTheScopeEDU is on Thursday, August 18th! Follow us on Twitter and Periscope!
This year I am very excited to say that I am going to be gamifying my classroom!! I have been doing a Book Study this summer on “Explore Like a Pirate” by Michael Matera. If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it! My friend Tisha Richmond, who is a gamification genius, is hosting a twitter chat book study on Tuesday nights at 8pm PST at #SOXPLAP and the Explore Like a Pirate crew gets together weekly on Twitter on Wednesdays at 5pm PST. Join us on #SOXPLAP this next week for Chapters 6 and 7!
The other new thing for me this year is that I am on a mission to “Starbucks my classroom”. Basically it’s just a fancy way of saying I want to get rid of most of the desks in my classroom and replace them with flexible seating. I want my students to be able to move around the classroom easily and to gather together to collaborate on projects. For years I have felt that my desks were just in the way. They were just a place for students to store their junk but I didn’t know what to do about it…until now. I have always had places in my classroom for flexible seating so it’s not like I’m starting with no seating options at all. I already have a base to start with, now I just need to build from that. I have reached out to friends and family for old furniture and looked on Craigslist but everything is a tad above my price point. As a teacher and a mom of two small kiddos, I don’t have money to spend on these things. Luckily for me Pledge Cents just happened to be part of our Pass The Scope EDU this month and they are an amazing company who help teachers crowd source their projects for their classrooms. You can find my Pledge Cents cause here: Flexible Seating for Collaboration and Teamwork