Mr. Kamrowski

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." –Sitting Bull

Copy of HOW To-  Spice Up Your Syllabus Part 1


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How To: Spice Up Your Syllabus with Google–Part 2

This is part two in a two-part post.  Part one, where I explain how to make a syllabus using Google Slides, can be found at the following link.  Note:  There will be no post next week in celebration of Labor Day.

So I have my syllabus; I’ve made it visually appealing, embeddable and even included some multimedia elements.  So what?  There is little to nothing engaging about my new tech-savvy syllabus.  It may prove to be more efficient for me in the future as I can edit one document and impact all my courses; parents can see it posted on the internet, and it has some links and videos that students can simply click to learn about aspects of the class.  However, I need to do more to engage students in getting to know basic procedures and expectations in the class and then to check for understanding:  Enter Google Forms. Continue reading

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Reach Them to Teach Them

Recently, I attended a music festival that involved embarking a bus at 9 a.m. in the morning, waiting in line for one hour, trekking through rugged terrain to secure decent seats (With my own bag chair), paying exorbitant prices for food and drink, and arriving back home at 2:15 in the morning.  And, the truth is I loved it and will do it again next summer.   As I look forward to another school year, I wonder if I or another teacher can make their course so engaging that students will be as motivated to attend class as I was the music festival?  Dave Burgess, in his book titled Teach Like a Pirate poses the question: ” If students were not forced to come to your class would they?  Or, better yet, would they pay to come to your class?”.  Continue reading