Besides feeling excited that my husband knows my teaching style and was invested in my personal interest is one thing; to write that my learning was ignited by Erin Klein would be an understatement. Wow was he correct! From the moment Erin began to speak I knew I was going to take away many meaningful ideas that would enhance learning in the classroom and promote collaboration with both students, staff and parents. Erin Klein's style is authentic, personable and extremely meaningful. She connects with her audience and customizes her presentation to the people she is with. Impressive to say the least.
Who would have thought that Pinterest can be used as a collaboration tool for parents? I thought I knew how to use Pinterest but after this session I learned how to use it effectively! Erin demonstrated how to engage with Pinterest step by step in a very visual and organized manner -- the way I learn best. She walked us through each step by following excellent educators, creating lessons, themes and how to set up and manage your boards and folders by various titles; such as Math Facts Board, Mentor Texts Board, Anchor Charts, Newsletters and Monthly boards. An absolutely simple and amazing way to share ideas with parents. Ideas such as books, strategies, tools and methodology to help parents assist their children's learning.
So how does this change the way we think and how our classrooms look?
Erin shared photos of her classroom and ideas of how to arrange collaborative work stations along with essential tools for learning, communicating with parents and connecting with colleagues. Some of the incredible ideas/ tools she shared are as follows:
- Exceeding Expectations: A users guide to Implementing Brain Research in the Classroom by Susan J. Kovalik and Karen D. Olsen; a book about how to de- clutter, set up colors, patterns and eye level displays to enhance learning.
- For writing and other topics: Live scribe pens,Boogie board storyboards, Hot Dots dog and cat pen from Educational Insights are used while students talk in partnerships.
- Other sites are Abcya.com, Colarapp.com and frontrow.com.
- In digital work stations Erin has flipped lessons for spelling and handwriting and uses Educreations.
If you go to Erin's website Kleinspiration.com Erin has set up an ebook of how to get the application Aurasma to get started on augmented reality. Students take part in this visual and auditory experience. Parents obtain the app, swipe over their child's paper and their child's voice comes to life. I can't wait to learn more about this and have my students take part.
Erin tells you how to set up digital work stations on her Scholastic Top Teaching blog.
In both places you will find other pertinent information to raise your level of teaching on the "In-Klein". I can't wait to reach that level!