This is my friend, Tish.
Tish is a fantastic teacher
She's currently taught at our school, El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim, CA, for the past seventeen years. She's dedicated, passionate, and wants to see her students succeed. Plus, she was a Quartermaster in the Navy, so she could probably beat me up if I said anything mean.
But even Tish will admit that she's probably not the greatest when it comes to technology.
"Well, you picked the right person..."
-Tish, on her inclusion in this project.
Teaching has undergone a severe paradigm shift in the past twenty years, since internet usage has become widespread in classrooms throughout the world.
So how do educators adjust? Here are just a few ways to help Tish (and others) in the transition from 20th century "sages" into 21st century "guides"
Tish uses DOL, or Daily Oral Language, to help test grammar skills. And while it can be beneficial to review grammar skills, teaching grammar in isolation may not be the most effective method.
Grammarly, Hemmingway, and NoRedInk
Padlets are collaborative discussion spaces where questions can be asked about the material and answered by classmates or the teacher to assist in writing the essay. This not only assists students in writing their essay, but makes the entire process more collaborative as well.
Poll Everywhere, a polling service that can be used to make presentations more engaging, can also be used during the brainstorming phase. Here students are using adjective to describe characters in The Diary of Anne Frank, which will lead to an essay topic.
Pear Deck allows a discussion space for presentations and an intuitive responder system. Here students are examining evidence in the writing of their essays comparing real-life gangs and gangs in the novel The Outsiders
Often, the voice that students are using to write an essay in their heads vastly differs from what ends up on the typed page. With Screencastify, students could practice reading their essays and making revisions before submitting, and attach the video to a post as one element of their assignment. It would also benefit English Language Learners, by helping them to practice their speaking skills (a component of several EL competency tests)