Saving Hours Upon Hours with Digital Lesson Plans

3. Correlate Days and Weeks to a Master Schedule If you always do “Compare and Contrast” in Week 3, or you practice Area and Perimeter in April, make sure your activities match the weeks/days of the year. If you accurately record your activities, next year when you’re planning, all you have to do is changeContinue reading “Saving Hours Upon Hours with Digital Lesson Plans”

Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families

As we begin a distanced year, it’s important to gear up for another whacky experience behind our webcams. We have to take into account what went well last year, and what really, really didn’t. My 5th grade team put together a quick presentation about expectations for students and parents. I’m hoping to share what weContinue reading “Expressing Distance Expectations For Our Families”

3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms

The first time I used Google Forms, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I basically saw a purple rectangle in the G-Suite and said, “Cool! I like purple! What does this do..?” Turns out, there are some really awesome features in Google Forms that can fill a virtual need in a classroom: inContinue reading “3 Pros and Tips for Google Forms”

Self-Made Survival Concepts for Going Back-To-School from a Distance

As virtual doors are reopening over the next few weeks, I decided to create 10 “commandments” for myself. There is a need to start mentally preparing for a wacky beginning in an uncertain time. Some schools around the country have already started the process; my cousin in Tennessee has been Zooming since August 4th! (LordContinue reading “Self-Made Survival Concepts for Going Back-To-School from a Distance”

“Should We Send Kids Back to School?” (written by the guy who will teach them regardless)

A few days ago, I was mindlessly scrolling through social media when I stumbled across the next hot topic to debate in our society: Should kids go back to school?  I’m not a doctor, so I can’t really participate in the “mask” debate (which is basically just people yelling their personal preferences incessantly and obnoxiously).Continue reading ““Should We Send Kids Back to School?” (written by the guy who will teach them regardless)”

Three Easy Ways To Use Google Docs

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about Google Classroom and some of the tricks I’ve developed. If you’re interested, check it out here. Google Docs Google Docs is a simple writing platform that can be used for many things. In the education world, Docs is most commonly used for creating plans/schedules, taking notes, orContinue reading “Three Easy Ways To Use Google Docs”

My Top 3 Idiot Teaching Moments in Undergrad

I was not immune to idiocy in my youth – actually, I’m still not immune. I’ve definitely had some dork-stamp moments in my life, and some of my “Top Idiot” teaching moments occurred in my undergrad years. For fun, I wanted to share my top three cringe-worthy moments as a student-teacher. The following are trueContinue reading “My Top 3 Idiot Teaching Moments in Undergrad”

Mr. Graham’s Take On Google Classroom

A few months ago, I doubt the general populace knew what a “Google Classroom” was. If you surveyed some civilians at Huntington Beach and asked what they thought a Google Classroom was a year ago, I bet you would have gotten some interesting answers.  But now, thanks to COVID-19, Google Classroom has become as commonContinue reading “Mr. Graham’s Take On Google Classroom”