Collaboration Through Youtube
In honor of Spring Break, I wanted to talk about my favourite teacher Youtubers. Youtube is a scary place for teachers. With so many rules and regulations regarding filming in school and what is said, many don't take the risk to put themselves out there and share ideas. That's too bad, really. Being the only person in my department and relatively new to teaching, I am always open to new ways of reinventing myself.
Shout out to Ms. Spackman from The Lettered Classroom. She is currently teaching 4th grade at a school that has been newly departmentalized. She offers good insights into literacy activities, supercenters, classroom management but most importantly STUDENT CHOICE which I have been a big advocate for especially this year. She has a big presence on different social media platform. The details are below if you want to follow her:
Shout out #2 goes to Ms. Ferré from Pocketful of Primary, Same here, she is a great inspiration for supercenters and organization in general. It is always interesting to see how teachers organize their classrooms, whether they use flexible seating or not, etc. PoP definitely gives good ideas on classroom management, incentives and how to implement technology like ClassDojo to reward students and communicate with parents.
I feel that the YT community can inspire teachers and help outsiders understand the profession better. Especially when it comes to how much time, money and energy is invested by a single educator in a classroom. Unfortunately middle school/ high school and foreign language educators are under represented in the online community. Which make me wonder: should I vlog? Should I not? Should I share publically how I implement student choice and tech in the classroom?
So many questions. Perhaps something to ponder over the summer.