Inspire with Poetry! 10+ Ideas & Resources

science haiku tweet“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost

April is National Poetry month and the perfect excuse to inspire your students with poetry no matter what subject you teach. Try posting a short poem on the board related to the topic of the day, such as the science haikus found @Sciencehaiku. Then give your students the mission to create their own poems that explore the topic more deeply. For example, they can create descriptive poems about animals and challenge their peers to guess the animal. They can create shape poems that explore science or math such as Bob Grumman’s long division poem. Start of with haikus or shorter poems that are easier for all students to create. Get them excited about animating their poems with digital tools and apps. See the slide presentation and bookmarks below for more ideas and resources.

Lesson Ideas

Here are a few lesson ideas I talked about during my presentation. Students can:

Resources

Here are a few more resources:

More Resources and Lesson Plans

Find many more ideas in my Pearltree bookmarks below. Click on the circle to make that resource appear.

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Challenge:

Try one of these tools or apps to get students interested in creating their own poems.

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Ideas for Promoting Digital Diversity

Photo by Shermeee, Flic.kr/p/6211rAFor the next week, I will be participating in many events to support gender and cultural diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Below find a list of these events and ideas for promoting digital diversity.

Research points to low percentages of females and minorities pursuing STEM degrees and professions. The National Association of Women in Technology reported 26% of the computing workforce in 2013 were women (5% Asian women, 3% African American women, and 2% Hispanic women) and there was a 64% decline in the number of first-year undergraduate women interested in majoring in Computer Science between 2000 and 2012. Additionally, females worldwide have higher quit rates in STEM professions. The Center for Talent Innovation reported the female quit rate was 45% in the US, 29% in Brazil, and 50% in China. The Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings conducted a survey in 2015 of 557 women in STEM and interviewed 60 minority women in STEM. 100% of the women interviewed reported gender bias.

Upcoming Events

Ideas for Supporting Digital Diversity

Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Rafranz Davis, Sarah Thomas, and I are sharing resources to help you promote Digital Diversity on our site. Below are some of these ideas to help you promote digital diversity in your classes and schools.

  • Update your materials to include innovators, developers, and visionaries of diverse backgrounds, genders, and ages.
  • Invite STEM innovators of diverse backgrounds to inspire your students as guest speakers.
  • Ask local STEM professionals to conduct experiments with your students.
    • In the past, local experts have worked with my students to examine the microorganisms in our river water, search for fossils, explore caves, build adobe structures, create shoes and materials with local plants, act as meteorologists, and much more.
    • Find STEM professionals through museums, companies, Toast Masters, universities, the chamber of commerce, trade associations, or speakers bureaus.
  • Ask local STEM professionals to mentor your students.
  • Get students to interview STEM innovators virtually.
    • Students can host a Google Hangout or Skype with the guest speaker.
    • Students can host a Twitter chat with the guest speaker.
    • Find more ideas and resources in my presentation, Inspire Learners with Guest Speakers.
  • Rethink how you teach STEM. STEM isn’t learned solely from a textbook. Most of your lessons should get students to investigate the world around them with math, science, and technology. Get students to experiment, explore, problem-solve, invent, create, and code.
  • Help all students to believe in their abilities to learn math, science and technology. Our students often come to us believing they aren’t good at math, science, technology, etc. In my book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about the need to help students destroy these labels so that they truly engage with our content.
  • Introduce your students to the realities of their lifelong learning journeys. The best learning is a journey full of challenging obstacles that get us to step out of our comfort zones. Only through undergoing this journey do we discover our strengths and skills.

Challenge:

Actively support diversity in STEM!

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Goal: Send Them on Learning Missions #EduLS

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“People don’t have a propensity for laziness. People have a propensity for hard work. It just needs to be work that matters to them.” – Jane McGonigal

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals. At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers workbook. We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Find all the 2015 goals here!

Our third goal is send them on learning missions. This is a goal from our previous cycles and also will be part of another inspiring Learning Challenge lead by Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd), the Educator Learning Series (#EduLS).

To accomplish this goal, transform an activity or task into a mission. You can learn more about the process and see examples in the slide presentation below and also read about this in chapter 10 of The 30 Goals Challenge book. In spy movies, the agents are given a mission to accomplish for a specific reason. They are given background information or do research to accomplish their mission. They realize that their mission is tied to a meaningful purpose. In the same way, we should tie learning and activities to a meaningful purpose. Instead of learning fractions by completing problems in the book, students can contribute a recipe to a class book that offers healthy choices to the community. The students learn fractions by converting the recipe quantities.

Below is another example:

Mission: Snap a photo of graffiti you think is art. In a video or presentation app, tell us why you think it is art versus just graffiti.
What You’ll Need: An app like Instagram, Voicethread, or Fotobabble.
Points Worth: 10

Add badges, points, word lists, or resources to the mission. You can make images of each mission and post them in your online space or on Instagram. The slide show below shows more examples:

Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Send Them on Learning Missions
  • Integrate Technology Effectively
  • Make it Fun

Updates

  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Goal: Be Someone’s Champion

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals. At our official site, 30Goals.com, find all the goals, participant reflections, badges, and get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers workbook. We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Find all the 2015 goals here!

Our second goal is be someone’s champion.

To accomplish this goal, support a colleague’s idea, vision, or ambition. In chapter 29 of The 30 Goals, I talk about the importance of sharing our ideas with those who will support us the most. Many ideas never come to fruition, because we share them with people who question them or tell us all the obstacles we will face by implementing them. Ideas are important, especially if they sound ludicrous, have never been tried, or have remained with us for a long time. Some of the most ludicrous ideas have made the most impact. Remember when saying that the earth was round was a ludicrous idea? Being someone’s champion means you listen to the idea and let them talk you through it and get excited about it. If they ask for support, then help connect them with resources or someone who could help them get a foundation for that idea. It could be as easy as suggesting a podcast, hashtag or chat to research, or person’s blog or Twitter account. As a teacher, we need to strive to be every student’s champion. Our students should feel they can share with us their ambitions and ideas and receive support. We can also connect them to role models to follow on social media or invite these experts to speak to visit our classrooms virtually in a Google HangOut, Skype conversation, or Twitter chat. Find more about inviting guest experts virtually in this presentation. Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Manifest an Idea
  • Plant a Seed of Belief
  • Develop a PLN

Inspire Forward

This year, we also have the additional challenge of using our accomplishments to inspire other teachers and students. After you have supported your colleague’s or student’s idea ask to share the idea with others. Sharing an idea shows true support.

Updates

  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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Welcome to the 30 Goals for Teachers! Cycle 6: Inspire Forward

Welcome to Cycle 6 of The 30 Goals Challenge: Inspire Forward!

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Anthony Robbins

30Goals Blog HeaderEach year, teachers worldwide aim to accomplish 1 to 30 goals that transform their teaching. Join the movement by accomplishing any goal from any of the cycles then letting us know through a reflection or status update on our Facebook community, Twitter (#30GoalsEdu), or Instagram.com/30goals.

We also post new/former goals each year that you can choose to accomplish with several of us. Below is the first goal of 2015. This year, we also have the additional challenge of using our accomplishments to inspire other teachers and students. For example, if you choose a personal theme song, we challenge you to send your song to another teacher to uplift them, share a lesson with another teacher in your department, or encourage your students to pass their high fives forward. It’s all about spreading inspiration in our schools and communities.

To help you accomplish the goal and inspire forward:

  • We are visualizing goals. Buncee has created some visual representations of our goals that I will be sharing.
  • We have badges you can place on your blog or portfolio to show you accomplished the goal. Join the free Badgelist group for the 30 Goals to access your badges.
  • Join the 30Goals Facebook group, Facebook.com/groups/30Goals, to connect with inspiring teachers worldwide.
  • Follow us at Instagram where we will post participant reflections, achievements, and inspirational quotes to help you achieve your goals, Instagram.com/30goals.
  • We will also share participant reflections in this free digital magazine, http://flip.it/4pveN. Tweet with the #30GoalsEdu hashtag or post to the Facebook group to get your reflections posted.
  • Check out our Inspire Leaders for 2014 and sign up to be an Inspire Leader for 2015. Inspire Leaders help support our community in many ways- give badges, suggest goals, present at the 30 Goals online conference, and give away free copies to participants. They are also well loved by our participants and the strength behind our community. You don’t need any experience to sign up, just a big heart. You also don’t have to participate in every goal, just help the way you choose. If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Stay tuned for how you can participate in our free online conference that will feature keynotes and presentations from our Inspire Leaders and participants. The conference will take place June 15 to 23rd, 2015.
  • Follow the 30Goals.com site where we will share all these free resources and communities.
  • You can purchase the 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers book and workbook here,  http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415735346/. Purchasing the book isn’t a requirement, but you will get to listen to my personal stories and inspiration behind each goal. You’ll also get additional reflection exercises and forms to support you.

Goal: Support a Movement

The first goal of cycle 6 is to Support a Movement.

To accomplish this goal, post about the movements you are participating in and invite others in your network to join. Paste a link, screenshot, or tell us about how you accomplished the goal and claim your badge at Badgelist.com/30goals/support-a-movement.

Accomplishing this challenge supports the following goals in the book:

  • Join an Online Educator Community and Develop a PLN
  • Make a Global Connection
  • Collaborate with Colleagues

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics. Subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

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