Common Core! However you may feel about it, it’s here… for now. Common Core has replaced old state standards, and one day Common Core will be replaced by new standards. There will always be someone, probably clueless, to tell us what to teach, how to teach, and to make sure that everything can be made into an acronym; they love making acronyms. The constant here is we the teachers. Whatever the standards become, it is up to us to find a way to turn them into fun, meaningful lessons that prepare our students for the future. Here is an example of how we can do that.
One of my favorite teaching resources is Poll Everywhere. I use it all the time. For a teacher, Poll Everywhere is a free, text-message based student response system. My Do Now uses Poll Everywhere, I incorporate Poll Everywhere into my lecture to keep kids engaged, and my closure uses Poll Everywhere. I was never a big believer in closure until I developed the one I use now. The kids love to do it, and I find it really helpful for my own assessment and planning after they leave. Here is how you can Get Your Tech Up and make an awesome, useful closure for your class.