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Posts Made By: Singvogel
Board: BusyBoard 04-08-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By Singvogel

I am a little envious. I changed schools and grade levels, too (only down one from my first choice). The teacher who has the grade above is entrenched, but, she is getting close to retirement...
Board: BusyBoard 04-07-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel

Epic! has lots of options, including Spanish.

They are offering free home access due to the virus.

Go to

After you make student accounts on your end, they have clear...
Board: BusyBoard 04-06-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
Privacy concerns are valid

I think you are on the right track with worrying about other people knowing how a student is doing. I would probably do some sort of written permission for others to hear students during a lesson.
Board: Fifth Grade 04-05-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By Singvogel
Depends on grade level

Check out Boomwriter- Collaborative writing with voting. You choose a story beginning. Then the students write the middle and vote anonymously for the best one. Then they do the same with the end. My...
Board: The VENT 04-03-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By Singvogel
Distance is hard.

I'm sorry you're feeling left out. SPED is often on an island because it's so different from what GenEd does.

I have no special words, except that there are caring people out there.

I also...
Board: The VENT 04-02-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Singvogel
You are enough.

Comparison is the thief of joy. I have to remind myself of this OFTEN!

There are so many ways that I can be beat down by comparing myself to other teachers.

I'm older, fatter, not a Pintrest...
Board: The VENT 04-01-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
Stay home

I agree with Starr. A request is just that. Don't go. You don't need to apologize for protecting your health. Don't be a teacher martyr.
Board: The VENT 03-30-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Singvogel
After Spring Break

We've been told that we should be ready to set up office hours for after Spring Break. Each teacher can be different, but I think that will be awfully difficult for parents with multiple kids and...
Board: BusyBoard 03-26-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By Singvogel

You don't have control of their audio. They would have to mute on their own machines.
Board: BusyBoard 03-26-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1
Posted By Singvogel
Not the same in every state

I'm in California, and the state tweaked the standards and adopted the strand model, not the subject specific model.

They are certainly not like any previous science standards you may have had....
Board: BusyBoard 03-26-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
Add on electronic overload

Yes, digital inequity is a big reason we can't do everything Online. Add in what happens to your body sitting at a computer, privacy concerns, and differences in parental supervision, and it's just...
Board: The VENT 03-26-2020, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Singvogel
If admin directs...

In our district, admins have district issued phones. When they call, it's from a work phone. I don't think they should have the right to tell teachers to use their personal phones. a work around like...
Board: The VENT 03-25-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Posted By Singvogel
Mixed feelings

We called two weeks and then two weeks of Spring Break. So that means four weeks out. I'm in California, and the governor is saying to be prepared to shut down the school year.

We have a video...
Board: BusyBoard 03-25-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By Singvogel
Moby Max

Take a look at Moby Max. Their free fact fluency is good, and it encourages speeding up. Kids are rewarded with game time inside the app.
Board: BusyBoard 03-25-2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
Not allowed to grade

Our district has instructed us that we cannot require nor grade any of the work we put together for kids. So, the bottom line is that students who really need instruction and practice don't get it....
Board: The VENT 03-23-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
can't video chat, either

My district said that I can't use Zoom, either. They cited student privacy concerns.

We also cannot use Meet, formerly Google Hangouts, because our G Suite for Ed administrator has blocked it.
Board: The VENT 03-19-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Singvogel
"doesn't count" = Why do it?

I agree that students, especially high school, need a reason to do the work. If nothing counts, they see no reason to do it.

The hard thing for me is knowing that without that face-to-face...
Board: BusyBoard 03-19-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Singvogel
Can record

When you finish a meeting, you have to download the meeting recording and then post to another hosting spot.

If you use Google Classroom, make sure your video format is Mp4, and you will be able...
Board: BusyBoard 03-19-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By Singvogel
Zoom is free for unlimited meetings now-

Zoom has a limit of 40 minutes for their Basic account. They've lifted that limit during the crisis for educators. It's a pretty cool way to connect with others digitally. I want to have a class...
Board: BusyBoard 03-19-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Singvogel
What about Youtube?

If your purpose is to post video, why not make a YouTube channel?
Board: The VENT 03-16-2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 8
Posted By Singvogel
So far, still doing BIG TEST

I am aghast that our state board of ed hasn't suspended the big standardized tests at the end of the year. Ours aren't really end-of-year anyway. They are actually done with only two-thirds of the...
Board: BusyBoard 03-16-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 12
Posted By Singvogel
child care for three days

We're providing child care for three days. Ts with their own children to care for don't have to come in. Ts who are older or have other vulnerability issues don't have to come in. Right now, less...
Board: The VENT 03-15-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Posted By Singvogel
Not bad, just where you are

School is closed for two weeks, and church is shut down through the end of March.

My husband and I were commenting yesterday how a release from some responsibilities is kind of nice. We both do a...
Board: The VENT 03-15-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 24
Posted By Singvogel
Students don't have to...

We're closed for two weeks, then two weeks of Spring Break.

Specific directive- We don't have to deliver learning, are not to grade it, and kids can't be required to do it.

We are required to...
Board: BusyBoard 03-13-2020, 04:16 AM
Replies: 15
Posted By Singvogel

While we are 1:1 iPads, not all students take their tablet home. The parents want them kept at school because of the financial responsibility to replace it if damaged.

Then, add in that not all...

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