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Teaching Tip Tuesday - 32 Characteristics of High-Performing Classrooms


Fab Find Friday: Extension that Saves to Google Drive Instantly

Are you using the extension Save to Google Drive?
I have tons of extensions, and I have used Google Drive for a long time, but I think I have been missing out. I just now discovered that Save to Google Drive extension would save me so much time. This extension will save web content instantly to my Google Drive. 

Click here to get the extension- Save to Google Drive.

After adding the extension, how do I use it?
If you see an image or link on the web, then right-click on the image or link. Next, click "save to Google Drive" on the drop down menu.
You can click on the Save to Google Drive chrome extension and save the image (see below).

Now, that you have the basics down; next week, I will add-on to this extension. I will share the extensions that I picked up from Alice Keeler and Matt Miller that will save you some time and energy. Stay tuned for those extensions next week!

T-TESS Thursday: What is T-TESS Reminder

 T-TESS at a Glance from the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

The graphic is a broad overview of the basic structure of T-TESS, beginning with the three main components of the system:
  1. The teacher and appraiser collaboration on the establishment of a goal setting and professional development plan;
  2. The evaluation cycle that consists of a pre-conference, observation(s), and post-conference; and
  3. One or more of the four student growth measure options.
The T-TESS appraisal is based on four domains made up of 16 dimensions, all of which are aligned with the Texas Teacher Standards. Each teacher will be given an evaluation rating of distinguished, accomplished, proficient, developing, or improvement needed. The T-TESS Rubric offers a more in-depth understanding of the new system.
To read more on the specifics of T-TESS, please read ATPE’s Evaluation and Responses.

Web Tool Wednesday: Reverse Image Search

Reverse Image Search
Have you ever wondered where an image has come from? Or, I need to cite this image, but I am not sure where it came from? Or, I like this image and I want to get more like it; where is this image from?

Google has this amazing option called- Reverse Image Search. You can upload your image, drag and drop an image into the search box, search using an image URL, or right-click an image on a site, and then you can figure out where the image came from.

2. Click on Camera.

3. Paste URL of image, upload image, or drag image.

OR, if you are in Chrome or Firefox, you can right-click on an image and click search Google for image.

Need more information? Check out this search help here.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: How Students Spend Time in Classrooms

Tom Petty sings "the Waiting is the hardest part" and for so many things in life that is true. However, when we look at class time with students, that line might show an even harder truth.  
According to American anthropologist Philip Jackson, studies show that children in school spent 50% of their time waiting for something to happen.  While that number seems extremely high, we all are guilty to some degree of misusing valuable time 

So what are some ways to look at reducing the waiting? Here are a couple of areas to reflect on. 

Teacher Talk vs. Kid Talk

Ten minutes has been shown to be the amount of time people are able to focus on someone talking, and even less if they are not interested in the topic. Pay attention to how much of the talk was conversation—asking questions one-on-one or in a small group—and how much was lecture. 
Nobody likes a filibuster (except maybe whichever political party is in the minority but that's another story).  

My Choices vs. Their Choices

Research shows students are a lot happier and more engaged when they have choices in their classroom.  Whether the choices are big (what topic to research) or small (whether to read on the floor on in a chair), giving the students choices helps them take ownership of their learning. Reduce the time students are waiting for you to make all the decisions and give some of that responsibility to them. 

Monday Reflections with Students: Katie Perkins

Monday Reflections with Katie Perkins

What are you liking the most about BHS right now?
The unity and support throughout our school between all of the different groups and clubs.

What lesson have you enjoyed the most in your classes?
Learning how to code and using the 3d printer in Coach Hall's computer science class.

What technology tool do you most like using in class?
The Chromebooks.

What is one thing that you appreciate when teachers do?
When they take the time to help you work out any missed work or lessons that you may not understand.

In the past week, what is one new concept to you that you learned in class?
We have been learning about bacteria and viruses in Mrs. Eschete's class.

What are you looking forward to this school year?
To finishing the year out strong and getting to see my sister graduate and go off to college.

Fab Find Friday: Adding Google Drive Videos into Google Slides

Insert Google Drive Videos Into Your Google Slides!
This awesome new update to your Google Slides will be extremely helpful to districts that have YouTube blocked for students.  This new feature will now allow you to add videos directly from your Google Drive into your Google Slides presentation.  
Once in a Google Slides presentation, go to Insert.  From here, choose insert video.  At the top of the menu, you will be given two options (YouTube or Google Drive).  Once you choose Google Drive, you have options to search your drive for the correct video.
  • Make sure you have changed your shared permissions so your students will be able to view it.  If a person doesn't have the permission to view they'll be prompted to request access.
  • You still have the ability to choose when to start or stop your video, choose autoplay or not, and the ability to mute or play sound.  Right-click on the video and select video options.
  • This option is available now.