Saturday, September 13, 2014

Re-thinking E-mail: How do you come across?

How many e-mails do you receive a day from parents?  Do you receive e-mail from your students?  Teachers in the 21st century are blessed with the opportunity to immediately be in contact with parents and students, but it can also be a very delicate process when responding.

What do I mean?  I know how exhausted you are when you get a few free minutes - at lunch, prep, or after school.  You have a million things on your to-do list and want to accomplish as many things as you can in the teeny breaks you do have during the day.  One short sentence would allow you to cross that task off your list.  But, did that one sentence convey what you intended to your audience?  Think about your students, who may send you cryptic e-mails as if they were texting one of their peers.  Your well-written, professional response will model how a student should be corresponding.

Here are some examples.  This video showcases a frustrated professor tearing apart an e-mail written by one of his students.  How could this professor have modeled appropriate correspondence with his student?  This could have been a valuable learning experience.

This blog article written by Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) gives some excellent tips on how to craft a professional e-mail.  Her blog post entitled "8 Great E-mail Etiquette Tips for Educators and Everyone" even provides some helpful phrases that you may want to utilize when communicating.  Designing a communication plan for your classroom will save you time in the long-run and ensure you are conveying what you truly mean with your words.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Footloose Back-to-School Video

Are you excited about going back to school?  Watch this hilarious Footloose parody video created by two teachers in Wisconsin.  They are using this video to raise money for classroom projects through

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Everts Gets Happy

Students at Everts are happy to share what they've learned this year on spring assessments.  Good luck to all my students!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ion Jones Science Program

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox

Students were able to experience Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry this week, which was a wonderful scientific adventure through the Carnegie Science Center's Science on the Road program.  This program was made possible through a grant awarded by PPG Industries' Public Education Leadership Community (PELC).  The presentation included a school-wide assembly along with ten hands-on adventure stations that reinforced chemistry concepts taught in sixth and seventh grade science classes.  The students were fortunate to work with approximately thirty  volunteers who were able to explain the lab activities in small groups.  The volunteers were fantastic with their explanations and the way in which they worked with the students.  Thank you to the many, many people who played a part in making this event such a successful one for our students!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wavy Motions

Students worked with a spring toy to see the differences between the two types of mechanical waves - longitudinal (when the medium moves parallel to the direction of the wave) and transverse (when the medium moves perpendicular to the direction of the wave).  Students also experimented with wave frequency - moving the slinky quickly right to left increased the frequency of the transverse wave.  Soon, students will be able to relate this experience to seismic waves and sound waves which we will study in more detail next week.  Eventually, students will be able to contrast these characteristics to electromagnetic waves.