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Category: K-12 Teachers

Use Planner Like Pinterest — 5 Tips for Saving Teaching Resources

    Last week I went to see Pipeline, a riveting play, at least on its surface, about education. I left the theater fantasizing about the opportunities for lesson plans that lived within the lines of the play. I went home and googled the Gwendolyn Brooks poem repeated throughout the narrative. I read an articleabout the playwright. I scanned […]

Teachers: Set Higher Expectations for Professional Development

  I support educators by designing customized professional development resources for those seeking to improve their practice. To plan meaningful learning for educators, I bring my own experiences as a former educator, both informing what effective PD looks like and what it doesn’t. When I designed professional development for New York City educators on blended […]

4 Ways Teachers Can Better Prepare for Next School Year

  As a teacher, you know there aren’t enough hours in the day to plan, teach, evaluate, and still have time for yourself. Reflecting on and planning for individual student strengths, areas of growth, and interests can take a backseat if you’re constantly overwhelmed by lesson planning and making resources from scratch. That’s where Kiddom comes in. […]

Teaching Strategies to Close the Year Based on Student Interests

It’s the time of year to help students pinpoint areas of interest and encourage them to explore those further.   As the year comes to a close, student motivation can start to slip. When the weather warms up, it’s okay to admit that some students may be counting down the days until their summer vacations start. […]

Say Hello to the New Student Experience

Today, we released a redesigned student experience on Kiddom to help 21st century learners access and submit work, track their own progress, and solicit feedback from teachers in real-time, from one place. Over the past century, education technology has often left students out of the equation. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are […]

Teaching and Learning Made Beautiful: Introducing the New Kiddom

We’re building Kiddom to be a collaborative platform to allow teachers and learners to work together effortlessly, no matter where they are. To that end, today we released a completely redesigned platform, one which will help teachers plan, assess, and analyze learning in one cohesive system. Why redesign Kiddom? Well, we’ve been doing our homework. […]

5 Ways to Start Strong this School Year

  The first few weeks of the school year have always been so precious to me throughout the stages my life, even as the “first days” changed in purpose over time. The air becomes cooler, summer activities wind down, there’s a feeling in the air unlike any other.   Always ready for “back to school”   For […]

I Am an Educator, and I Am Desperate to Be Taught

The following post was submitted by a New York City educator. The author has chosen to remain anonymous. You’ll understand why. I am an educator, and I am desperate to be taught. Credit: PhotoPin, licensed under CC by 2.0 I have been working in schools for eight years as a teacher, department lead, and instructional coach. I […]

”But I Wanted to Teach”

  Mr. J was timid. He had a relaxed nature and an obsession with superheroes. With his gentle smile and calming demeanor, it wasn’t surprising most of his students loved him. It didn’t hurt he had Hollywood good looks either. I liked him, but I never truly connected with him until he revealed his story […]

Resource Room — Holiday Shopping

Happy Sunday Teachers! Here’s a roundup of every resource we shared over the past week. With all the shopping this weekend, who doesn’t love free resources?? Check out https://www.gutenberg.org/ to find tons of eBooks to help those readers you have! Get into the holiday spirit! ‪#‎Teach‬ patterns and symmetry with this fun snowflake video by […]

Why I Quit Teaching

I’ve decided to quit teaching. After six grueling years teaching high school math to New York City’s most at-risk students, I’ve become jaded. And no, it’s not because of the kids. They were the most compelling reason against leaving. It’s just everything else. When I first started teaching, I walked into the classroom absolutely on […]