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I want to help you.

I legit love helping teachers and students.

So I thought to myself…

What kind of resource would have helped me in my classroom?

Answer: Save me some time but still add value/learning to students.

I want to do your Bell Ringers for you.

JUST FILL THIS OUT AND YOU’RE GOOD TO GO!!!

 

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EVERY SCHOOL DAY, YOU CAN ONE OR ALL OF THESE DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX AND/OR YOUR STUDENTS:

I made a video for every day of the school year, each one serves as a Bell Ringer for students while teachers are taking roll, handling assignments, and getting class prepped to start. Then you can roll into your lesson!

HOW DO I GET BELL RINGERS DELIVERED TO ME EVERY DAY?

  1. Fill out this link or the form above

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You can copy that link and paste it in your Google Classroom for your students every day and have them put their thoughts/discussion in the comments! The Quote of the Day is a great conversation starter and the Math videos are all geared towards preparing students for the ACT! The Google Tips are great for students and/or teachers who want to learn more about a great program!!

IDEA: Have your students fill it out that link so you don’t have to do any of the copy/pasting or forwarding of the emails!! Teach them to check their email and record their answers either on paper, Google Classroom, or with other students in the YouTube comments! The link shortcut is: http://bit.ly/tarveremail

Here’s an example video of a Quote of the Day Video. I read a quote, give my thoughts, and then ask for the students’ thoughts. There about 2 minutes each and can start some thought-provoking conversations among your students!

 
 

Do you prefer to plan ahead?

COOL!

Here are the links to the website so you can plan ahead and get the links! Just have your students go there on their own or you can hit play on the video as soon as the bell rings! So many options!!

**This is first semester only, 2nd semester will be up in about a month!

Thanks for your time and hit me up if you have any questions/ideas!

Please forward this email to anyone you think might be able to use this resource to help their students or staff!!

I hope these make your day easier so you can teach even better, all while helping your students learn and think!

Thanks again!
Tyler

"Go See the Principal" by Gerry Brooks // Book Review

Guys.

Guys.

GUYS!!

Seriously though, I read a book by an education internet sensation. That’s right, I read a book by none other than the illustrious GERRY (pronounced Gary) BROOKS!

You’ve probably heard of him. If not, you’ve definitely seen him. He’s a principal who makes humorous (and eerily accurate) videos commenting on all things education!

Going into it, I didn’t know how he’d tie it together and give value. After reading it, I can confirm he did just that. I love his approach to education and found that what I valued most in a school when I was a principal was parallel to what he articulated. This book is for administrators, teachers, and parents!!

Enough of the chit-chat, Tyler. GET TO THE REVIEW!!

Okay, chill!

Here’s my Book Review of Gerry’s book: Go See the Principal!!!

Wow, that was good.

Thanks for sticking with the ENTIRE VIDEO!

Seriously, I trust you that much to know you watched it in full, liked it, and subscribed! We’re family now!!!

Just in case you haven’t seen Gerry’s videos, here’s a little taste test:

Thank you, Gerry, for writing the book and for encouraging (and entertaining) educators around the world!!

Thanks for your time and attention!
Tyler

"Move Your Bus" by Ron Clark // Book Review!!

Why hello there!

We’re going to just jump right in like an Olympic diver at tryouts!

For this week’s Tarver Book Club, I scoured the pages of the phenomenal educator Ron Clark’s newest book: Move Your Bus (to be read at the volume and pacing of Ty Pennington’s MOVE…THAT…BUS!!!).

If you’re thinking “That name Ron Clark sounds familiar, did he run for president or something in the 90s?” No (I don’t think), but you may remember him from The Ron Clark Academy, Survivor, his other books, Oprah, or the Matthew Perry movie “The Ron Clark Story.”

This is a wonderful, insightful, and practical look at leadership in a school and/or business, but isn’t just for administrators. I think teachers can really get some clean insight into some of the decision-making strategies that their principal might be executing.

Ever feel like you don’t get to attend any out-of-state PDs?

Ever feel like you do 100 more things than your peers and keep getting more added to your plate?

Wonder why some teachers can get away with more than others when they mess up?

If you mumbled “yes” under your breath to either of those, then there are reasons for that! Ron covers some great ideas and leadership ideas and classifies the people in an organization into 5 categories.

 
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I really connected with this book and straight up am going to be incorporating many of the principles that hadn’t already found their way into my own leadership.

Have you read it?

What book should I cover next?

Let me know on Instagram!

Previous Episodes of #TarverBookClub

“Own the Moment” by Carl Lentz

“How to Talk to Anyone” by Leil Lowndes

Google Certified Educator Level 1 Checklist with Video Tutorials!

Would you like to be a Google Certified Educator?

Do you want to add the Google skills you’re missing without having to ask a student for help?

Do you like organized lists?

If you said “YES” to any of those three questions, you’re in luck!

I took the incredible checklists created by Sir Eric Curts on the skills necessary to become a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and made video tutorials for every single skill!

Even if you don’t want to become a Google Certified Educator, it’s still a great chunk of tutorials if you ever hit a snag using Google for Education!

Link to the Google Doc of the checklist with video links

Or….my website link in case you are disgusted by Google Docs (but want to learn more about them)

TarverAcademy.com/google

Please forward this to anyone you think it might help!

(if you’d like to subscribe to the YouTube where all of these are housed, you should do that!)

Last thing, if you’re a fan of redundancy, or just like southern accents, here’s me saying the same thing in video format!

Thanks for your attention!
Tyler

PS All these resources are FREE, but you can always click here to help us make more videos to help more teachers and students in the future!

Google Teacher Starter Kit

Google is legit...

but creating resources from scratch can be overwhelming. 

Here are a few resources I've gotten the chance to make, that you can make a copy of and use as your own! Feel free to forward this to anyone you think could save some time just making copies of the work I've already done!! 

As always, here's the link to my quick Google Tutorial vids if you're having trouble with any of their #baller products. Here's the YouTube link if you'd rather go right to the source (don't forget to subscribe ;).

When you click these links below, it's going to ask you to make a copy. It'll look something like this: 

 
 

When you click that blue "Make a copy" button, it'll create a copy of each of these for you. 

  • Yes...you should edit them to what works best for your class. 
  • Yes...you should delete parts that you don't need. The less work, the better. 
  • Yes...you just click the blue titles below to access copies for yourself.
  • No...I do not have access to it. Once you make the copy, it's only yours. :)

Here we go! 

First Day of Class Info Form - This form allows you to get some quick info from your new students. Great for getting to know your students, and getting their parent's email info into a spreadsheet. Then you can copy/paste them into a mass parent email!

USER TIP - Make sure you send your emails as "bcc" to parents. This prevents them from seeing the email addresses of other parents, and gets rid of the dreaded "reply all" dilemma. 

Curriculum Map Template - You can have one of these for each course you teach. This can be the hub for all of you and/or your colleague's resources. Throw lesson plans away and just improve on your instruction year after year. Here's the link to a more in-depth description of what I'm talking about. 

Classroom Discipline - Your principal should have this set up either for the whole building, or one for each grade level to use. Wayyyyyy better than those pink/white/yellow triplicate forms (cheaper too). You should also have one that is just for your class. This will allow you to record verbal warnings, so when you send a student to the office after the 20th day in a row of kinda acting up, your principal can have more context for what led them on this journey of destruction to their office. If you have trouble putting this form where you can find it quickly, check out this video on how to put a shortcut on your desktop

Student Reported Discipline - This is a version of what I used to hand students on paper (R.I.P.) when they acted up in my class. You could place a link to this in the "About" section of your Google Classroom with your Materials/Syllabus. If they acted up, you could require them to fill it out before they left your class that day. I'd make sure I looked at it before they hit submit (so they didn't just write "idk" on every question). This gives you records of their actions in their own words. Greattttttt for parent/teacher conferences. Below is an example of my discipline levels students had within one class period:

 
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About Our Class Google SlideHelp your students start getting comfortable with Google Slides, all the while getting to know their classmates! Share this with your class (preferably in Google Classroom). Just make sure you've gone to the "Share" button in the upper right and given them all access to edit the slide. WARNING - It'll be chaos for the first 20 seconds when they get in the slide, just give it a minute and they'll start working it out! 

Example Differentiating Lesson - This is an example lesson of a form that goes to a different page for students who get a question wrong. You can go in and change the videos/content/questions, then make it your own! After you adapt it and make it the way you want, you can start making copies of that instead of reinventing the wheel every day! 

Adaptive Review Form - So, for this form, I've worked backwards. This is set up so you can find the YouTube video you want, screenshot the problem/question, then put that question in front of the video. If they answer the question correctly, they'll move on to the next question. If they get it wrong, it takes them to the video explaining how to work the exact problem they just missed. That gets me pretty hype. Just find the video you want, then pull the questions from that. #legit

EDUCATIONAL YOUTUBE RECOMMENDATIONS

If any of this helps and you want to pay me back, don't give me money via teachers-pay-teachers, just subscribe to my YouTube channel (that I've mentioned around 40 times) and have all of your students and friends and relatives and their pets subscribe, too. 

Hope these helped and that you have a PHENOMENAL school year!! 

-Tyler

Google Drive Starter Kit // Google Certified Educator Training

What up! 

I'll keep this short and sweet like a miniature laffy taffy. 

If you're wanting to pass the Google Certified Educators Level 1 Training, I've made videos of the main things you need to know about Google Drive. 

They're linked below. 

Creating Presentations that aren't Garbage

Engagement is subjective. 

Don't think about that sentence too much, just blur your brain and pretend it doesn't breakdown under grammatical scrutiny. 

Different people become engaged by different types of presentations. 

Much more descriptive...but less catchy like a noisy fisherman. 

Through witnessing a vast array of speakers over the years, I have taken note of what engages me. What bothers me, what annoys me, and what just feels a little off. It's like when I edit a video...if it feels strange while I'm editing it, it is strange. 

I've had a chance to try and fail and try and be mediocre and try again with my own presentations. Over the years I've accumulated a few quick tips for creating a little more engaging presentation. 

Enough chit-chat, gimme the tips. 

Fine. Here goes: 

  1. Keep it Simple - too much clutter per slide is going to make it look more like scrapbooking than presenting. 2 chunks of content and a header are the max per slide. 
  2. Limit Animations - I don't wanna feel like I'm witnessing a boring version of a Saturday morning cartoon. Hear that Nick, Jr!!!
  3. Use Decent Graphics - Say NO to clipart. Find a decent pic or meme or gif or just leave the text. Let Clippy the Microsoft Word paperclip retire in piece (and don't use Word either, but that's a story for another day). 
  4. Mix it up - Keep the audience guessing. If they can predict your next slide, they're going to start making sure Facebook is still in business. 
  5. Don't Write a Novel - What is this, a school for ants??? My favorite quote I made up about this so imma make it bold: If you're reading off the slide, then the audience doesn't need you. 
  6. Use Clean Fonts - Google recommendation: Montserrat. Or just anything besides something that looks handwritten(ish). 
  7. Keep it Short - Sounds redundant because of #1, but it's directed toward the amount of time you're on a slide. Hit 'em with the facts, then move on. Unless you're telling a story and moving around the room, that slide needs to move. It's like a brain reset. 

That's what I've got. 

Here's one of the YouTube Education presentations I do to give you an idea. WARNING: Some of the short/simple slides won't make sense by itself, but that's why I'm there to explain and/or tell a story during it! 

Thanks for making it this far. You the real MVP. 

Did I miss any? 

:)

Tyler

Are Your Lesson Plans Helping You?

98% of all lesson plans are a waste of time. 

That statistic is 100% made up, but feels 110% true on a Sunday afternoon when you're spending 2 hours proving you're going to be molding young minds all week! 

Most lesson plans are submitted for compliance. Teachers are just copy/pasting what they did the year before and changing the dates. Most principals are check-listing whoever emails them their plans cause they're too busy with parents/students/teachers/compliance/duty to read them. 

But they could actually help you teach better...

and could be done quickly...

especially after your first year of building them! 

 
 

Curriculum maps. Lesson plans. Pacing Guides. I don't care what you call them, but they should help improve your instruction year over year. 

We're educators. Our goal is to make students smarter/better/faster/stronger than they were the year before. So why aren't WE trying to improve every year? 

Maybe you are. 

Or maybe it's just getting easier cause you know your curriculum better. 

Or maybe the way you set up your "lesson plan" isn't conducive to improving your instruction. 

Tyler, I can see you're getting at something so just say it!

Okay, chill. Here's what I've got: 

  1. Put your entire year in one document/spreadsheet. 
  2. Break it up into 18 weeks (one semester) or 36 weeks (full school year). 
  3. Place all of your standards, presentations, assignments, links, videos, etc. into that one doc/sheet as you're doing it throughout the year. 
  4. Then the next year, just pull from this "hub" of resources and either use, change, delete, or add to this database!! 

If you do this in Google Sheets or Docs (which you should), then you can just share it with your supervisor(s) so they can look at it at any time! No more emails!! Well, for that. I'm sure you'll still get your fair share of emails. ;) 

Utilize. The. Reflections.

Seriously. Recap your day for 5 minutes after that day of teaching and you're essentially giving yourself notes to read in the future. It's like having the ULTIMATE co-teacher...yourself! In the future, you can get notes on a lesson - what worked, what didn't - from yourself! 

If you're in a hurry and can't recap your whole day with all your resources, just highlight them real quick. 

  • Green - that resource/material/assessment was GOOD! 
  • Yellow - meh, it could be better
  • Red - not good! Find a replacement!! 

Here's an example of what that little guy could look like: 

 
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And you don't have to start from scratch! I've got a 36 week one you can have!!! 

Just click this link, and when it asks you if you want to "Make a Copy" just say Yes! 

I hope this helped just a little and I thank you for your attention in getting this far in! 

Have a great day and never stop learning! 
Tyler

First Day of Class // Google Form Template

Summer is officially over. 

Winter is coming. 

Time for students!!!

My goal here is to provide you with:

A. Fun

B. Resources

C. Information

D. All of the Above

This one is great for start of the year information gathering. I like to call it the "Tell Me About Your Face Form," but the name is changeable. ;)

Here's the link to automatically create your own Google Form for First Day InfoFeel free to edit/delete/add anything you want. It's yours now, run with it. 

When I started teaching, I emulated Dr. Dykema by gathering student information via index cards, then I would use those to not only have parent contact emails (that never worked) and remember their names.

About as crazy as I'd go in questioning would be "Tell me one Fun Fact About Yourself." This would allow me to respond to them in front of the class, but I'd usually not give a lot of information. This allowed it to be a sort of inside convo to the class, which intrigued the rest of the students so they'd either ask then or later. It sometimes helped with student interactions, especially for those who didn't have the buddy system the day they entered. 

Now, it's 2017. An easy/free way to get to know your students is to know what content they consume on the Social Media. That's why I like this question, it enables itself to become a great conversation starter. Rapport, people, rapport. 

I also enjoy a quick look at how my students feel about my subject matter, because...ya know..pie charts! 

And you know ya boi gonna throw in a Harry Potter pic cause I gotta get them House Points up!

I hope that link worked, holla if it didn't! 

-Tyler