2nd Annual #PD4uandme Blogging BINGO
Last year we started a Summer Blogging BINGO Challenge during our #PD4uandme chat (Saturdays 8:30-9:00 am EST) and had such a great response that we had to do it again this summer! We figured it would give us all something constructive to do during all this craziness.
How It Works...
1. Check out the topics to see what you might want to blog about.
2. Click on the link in the middle, which takes you to a Google Form to share your blog link.
3. The first time you fill out the form, make sure to copy the link from the response message so you can access the links to all the other blog posts for your reading pleasure.
4. Add to the Google Form each time you write a blog post that fits one of the topics (choose whatever fits best, even if it's not exactly the same).
If you want to participate, even if you've never joined our chat, please do! We'd love to meet new blogging friends!
I Want My Own!
I created the BINGO board with Google Drawings. If you want to make your own, here's a template for you. The Google Form is very simple to recreate (or you can copy ours here) then link to your own image in the middle of the BINGO board. Make sure to change your response message with the link to the Form responses Google Sheet.
That's it! It's super easy!
This would be a great thing to do for classroom blogs for students or for teachers in your building.
If you make your own, please share it with us (Me, Emily Francis, and Teresa Gross) on Twitter using the #PD4uandme hashtag anytime. We'd love to hear your ideas! Happy Blogging! ~Pam
Usually, I’m at least 5 summer bucket list items deep by now, but not this year. Not because I can’t… just because it doesn’t feel like summer.
In some ways, it feels like we’ve been on summer break since the middle of March. Being in the south, the weather has been amazing, and working from home with older kids hasn’t been so bad. In other ways, I feel like I’m still supposed to be at school since we didn’t have an official send-off. It’s just strange…
Between staying informed on all the crazy things happening in the world and our normal day-to-day family responsibilities, I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster.
One day, I feel like I really need to make sure I’m doing my part to understand what it means to be anti-racist (which I feel like I am, but my next read is How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi to make sure I’m doing my part), then the next day I’m dealing with putting my mother-in-law in an assisted living center in the near future as well as moving ourselves. Next thing I know, I’m doing a recording with some amazing EDU rockstars and I feel like I’m back in my normal world again. Now, we’re talking about what August will look like in our schools. It all makes me want to just drive myself out to our family property and stay there until our normal world returns.
All this is to say that I haven’t really felt it in my heart to write a blog post. I don’t know enough about the topics being discussed on social media to add my thoughts, so I haven’t. Actually, I tried once and it went south quickly. After deleting my (1) tweet and the (10+) responses and blocking a person who was basically threatening me, I realized why I was trying to stay out of it.
I do want you to know that I agree that we live in a world that isn’t always fair, but we all still live in the same world. I just keep praying that our world will learn to work together again soon and see each other as brothers and sisters with the same father (as a Christian, this is a belief I refuse to apologize for). #bettertogether
I’m hoping that writing this post will be a way to reflect on what’s going on in my head and in my heart so I can continue to support educators who need to move forward one way or another for our kids. We can’t lose educators now...If anything, they are the people who can really inspire our kids to be the future leaders we all need. Hang in there, educators! You can do this… we can’t lose you now.
I'm an Instructional Coach at Daniel Island School in Berkeley County South Carolina and a Google Certified Trainer.