Do you teach students how to measure angles? Here’s an awesome little trick to make it much easier for the kids. Analog clocks can serve as a simple measurement estimation tool. Each number on a clock represents exactly 30 degrees. Teach your kids to draw angles that approximate the hands on a clock.
For example, tell them to draw an angle that measures 120 degrees. Most students from the 4th grade and up can multiply 30′s since it’s just like multiplying by 3′s. So to draw an angle that measures 120 degrees, the student would count by 30′s (30, 60, 90, 120.) 30 times 4 is 120 so the students draw a hand pointing at an imaginary 12 and an imaginary 4 and VOILA!
I’ve been teaching kids to use protractors for years. It’s so challenging for them. When I tried the clock trick, my kids picked it up like *THAT!* Of course it takes a bit of practice. And your students will probably master it a bit quicker if they are able to see each other’s work. You may want to practice skip counting by 30′s before asking the students to draw angles.
Once the kids get good at drawing the angles, it will be much easier for them to flip it around and measure angles that are already drawn. They will first look at the angle and ask themselves how this would look on a clock.
Angela Maiers joins Scott and me to discuss her two best-selling education books. Angela is known world-wide as an excellent keynote speaker, creator of Quest to Matter, an amazing inspirational figure in education, and a true innovator. Mrs. Maiers is the author of Classroom Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Fasten your seatbelt: it’s time for a wild and inspiring ride with the incomparable Angela Maiers!
Scott and I will be moderating the Texas EdChat this coming Sunday night from 6-7 PM Pacific time. The topic will be using video in the classroom. If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, you should give it a try. We will be throwing out some discussion questions and then teachers from around the state of Texas, as well as other parts of the world, will kick around ideas 140 characters at a time. To join in, you’ll need a Twitter account. Then go on Twitter on Sunday, December 15, from 8 to 9 PM Texas time and search #TxEduChat in the search box. Select the “All” button at the top of the screen and you will see everyone’s Tweets. It promises to be an extremely valuable and engaging professional development opportunity…for FREE!
Sean Ziebarth and David Theriault are high school teachers on a mission. They are connected to other educators on social media and believe in engaging their students in outside the box activities. Tune in to this special Halloween episode as David, Sean, Scott and I discuss topics like blogging, music, and student centered education. This is probably our zaniest show yet. Enjoy!
Charismatic, humble, and lighthearted, Genein Letford is a finalist for the People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year award. She teaches music in Los Angeles and has received acclaim for her innovative approaches to integrating the arts into the regular ed classroom. It’s another dynamic episode of the Bedley Bros. EdChat! Free PD baby!
Vicki Davis has so many ideas for the classroom, it will make your head spin! In this episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I are caught in a whirlwind of amazing teaching tips provided by the Cool Cat Teacher. Vicki is a tech teacher in Georgia who is on the cutting edge of effective classroom pedagogy. She is the co-founder of the Flat Classroom and an award-winning blogger. So what did we talk to Vicki about? Whew! Where to start? Just be ready to take some notes.
On Episode 27 of The Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I have a flippin’ great time interviewing the father and face of the Flipped Classroom, Jonathan Bergmann. What is the Flipped Classroom? What is it not? Jon explains how to use the Flipped Class model in an effective manner. How do we get our students really tuned in to the instructional videos? How do you create enough quizzes to implement mastery learning? You won’t want to miss this episode of The Bedley Bros. EdChat!
My 4th and 5th graders just performed the Bad Wolf Press musical “US Geography” in front of a raucous packed house. I’ve never taught a group of students with more acting and singing talents than this class. Check out this duet sung by Hailey and Jordan.
And listen to little Melodie, a 4th grader, sing a solo called “The Rockies and More.”
In the latest episode of the Bedley Bros EdChat, Scott and I learn more about blended learning from one of education’s foremost experts on the subject, Catlin Tucker. Catlin was one of the keynote speakers at last year’s CUE conference in Palm Springs. Catlin will challenge your view of what education should look like. Do your students back channel? Tune in and learn more.
Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, real life sisters, are the authors of one of the most popular books for teachers over the past several years, The Daily 5. The Two Sisters impact on teachers reaching well beyond just language arts instruction, but also into classroom management and character development. Scott and Tim engage in a lively discussion with these two down-to-earth powerhouse educators about topics like investing in kids, misconceptions about the Daily 5, and developing student skills to support the common core standards.