Thoughts by Kris
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I LOVE Flipgrid!! I have been using it with students since I was first introduced to it in 2012. Back then it was still under the U of M bubble and not as widely spread as it is today. This phenomenal tool has made a wonderful home in our schools and is a great addition to any classroom. If you have not checked it out, click here
As we reach the mid point in the school year, it can sometimes be tough to get your "mojo" rolling. It is hard to wake up, rock it each and every day, and then have anything left for the loved ones you have in your life. In this post, I will share 5 ideas that you can take into any classroom to help bring some of the positives back. Help you to reclaim your mojo by remembering your why.
Idea #1 - CREATE A CLASSROOM MEMORY GRID. This ideas is very simple. We often get lost in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, so why not capture it. Create a grid that is specifically for positive memories that happen in your classroom. These can be told by you, a student, or even a parent. Make this an ongoing list that you can look back to at the end of the year and remember the amazing things that you did. Not only this, but these memories will last forever!!
Idea #2 - SHARE A GRID AS A STAFF. Create a grid that is designated for sharing with staff. Just like the idea above, we forget positive things that happen, and pretty quickly. Take some time to capture these moments that happen and keep them for when you need them most. This idea does not have to be one that is done by an administrator! Anyone can create a grid that is shared with all staff!
Idea #3 - OPEN A GRID TO PARENTS. Parent education is a huge emphasis for me and has always been. If you can have an ally at home, you have just made your classroom twice as effective. Create a grid for your parents where you can share things that happen in your class. Open up topics like "playdates", or "summer plans" for your parents to have a unique place to connect with each other. This space will pay dividends later when you start to share strategies and model learning for your parents to use at home ;)
Idea #4 - PICK ME UPS FOR STUDENTS. We could all use a pick me up at some point. Why not make this an option for your students. Create a grid and take some time to give a heart felt message to each and every one of your students. Share a memory, compliment, and positive for each students that they can dig into when they need to hear it.
Idea #5 - A BUDDY GRID. We all love buddy benches, so why not make it a grid! Create topics ahead of time for students to post on such as "I like kickball" or "What is your favorite game". Students can share their name so that they can connect with each other face to face.
This past August I had the amazing honor or being a guest blogger for Ditch That Textbook. In that post, I shared some of the many ideas that I have around how to engage students in your primary classroom. These resources are able to be used with Google Classroom, Seesaw, Schoology, and many more learning managements systems.
If you want to see the 20 amazing ideas, Click here
Many of your know Canva as the amazing graphic creating website. Not only that, but Canva has a newly released Education version that is free!! If you have not yet checked that out, click here
This post is not about Canvas graphics though. It is not even about the free education version. It is about Canva colors. Time and time again, I am scouring the internet looking for color schemes. I search popular items, look up posts that are attractive, and even take snippets out of magazines. This is all in an effort to create visually appealing content. Well I'm here to tell you that the search is over. Canva has a section on their site designated just for colors, and it is AMAZING.
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There are 4 pieces to Canva color. The first is the palette generator. This page allows you to take any old picture, import it on the site, and get a spit out of the colors being used. Take a picture of that crafts magazine cover, or of your favorite comic book and get the exact HEX code from this page!!
The second is the color palette ideas. This page has hundreds of visually appealing palettes to choose from. Not only that, but they give your the image of inspiration and the copy and paste HEX codes to go with it. It is literally a one stop shop for a new color scheme.
The third is the color wheel. Anyone who wants to get very specific about complimentary colors needs to live here. This wheel will walk you through basic color theory and provide you with the tools needed to put that practice into play.
The final page of canva color is the color meaning. For all those art people out there, this is your home. learn what each color means and how it can influence feelings or emotions in people. Pair them with your content to create scientifically aligned learning lessons!
If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself! Click here to check it out