My Classroom


I get a lot of questions from readers about what my classroom looks like so I thought I’d share a slideshow:

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18 thoughts on “My Classroom

  1. My name is Brenda, I’m from Argentina where I teach English as a Second/ Foreign Language. State-run schools in Argentina are working with the one-netbook-per-child model. Thank you for sharing so many resources.

  2. Would you mind sharing your scope and sequence? I am trying to put base curriculum together (K-8) for new integration with a non tech savvy faculty.

    • Hi Wendi

      If you have the 5th edition of the textbooks, it’s in there, in the front. If you don’t have the textbooks, I’ve talked the text publisher into allowing me to give each of the two S&S (K-6 and 6-8) at a discount as the subscriber special for July (if you’re not a subscriber to Ask a Tech Teacher, do that so you qualify). That’ll show up July 1st.

      Does that help? Do you have any specific questions?

      I am giving it away to subscribers at a discount (as a Word doc) as the July Subscriber special

  3. Hi Jacqui,
    Are you teaching typing this summer? I need to get my son into a program. If you’re not are there any you recommend? My son is 11. Thnaks a lot.


  4. I am currently teaching U.S. History II, I would like to know some ways that I can use the iPad mini in my classroom. Currently, I have a set of 20. In addition, I am seeking free apps that are applicable.

  5. Hi there! Wondering what your typical classroom stucture is like. For example, I will be teaching k-5 in 50 minute periods. Was thinking something like, introduction 10 mins, application of that 10-15 mins of whatever activity, change gears and do another activity 10-15 minutes, and 10 minutes of keyboarding skills. I know that sounds disjointed, but thinking with little ones attention span is going to be an issue. Does this sound completely crazy? How do you structure your lessons? Thanks for any advice you may have!

    • Hi Lisa–I break it into 2-3 pieces. I start with a warm-up, ala Responsive Classroom (if you’re familiar with that). It can be keyboarding, a quick student presentation. Something like that. Then, I do the primary goal of the lesson–a tie in with classroom inquiry, skills training. I wind down with free time on inquiry-based websites I make available on the class start page. Students can pick one of their choice from a list.

      Here’s a link to a typical lesson.

      What do you do?

      • I am actually struggling with this because of time constraints. I teach K-6 and only get 35 minutes per class once every six days (K=20 rotations & 1-6= 28 total rotations) to cover basic skills, keyboarding and now having to include our online state achievement tests twice a year and online reading assessments 2-4 times a year. Kindergarten comes in even less because they don’t start in the lab until 2nd quarter. I recently purchased the K-6 Survival Kit (which is awesome!), but I have no idea how to pare it down or fit everything in.

      • 35 minutes is tight. And only every 6 days–you have your work cut out for you!

        Start with keyboarding and digital citizenship. Don’t save time on either of these. When you’re going through the lessons (in order), make sure you cover whatever deals with those two topics. Check the lines off in front and leave the rest of the items you didn’t get to–leave unchecked. and don’t worry about it. Every week, as the kids get more used to tech, you’ll cover more and more material. Suddenly, you’ll be getting through most of it. When you’ve been using the curriculum for a few years, you’ll see a huge difference in how much students can handle in one lesson.

        One more suggestion–I think you haven’t joined the wikis yet? I sent an invite, but it looks like it wasn’t answered. Join those and you can see what I (or another teacher using the curriculum) does each week. You can ask questions, too, as you work.

        Does that help?

  6. Yes it does thank you! On my account it shows the following under my “favorites”: SMAATech, SMAATech for 4th graders, SMAATech K-3 and Learn to Keyboard. Am I missing one or did I miss a step? (Although I think the wikis are connected to my personal email address and not my work one if that matters.)

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