Pear-ing Down Your Classroom

Sometimes you don’t have a lot to work with. Maybe you have no budget for nice furnishings or maybe your classroom is small with limited natural light. That’s OK. Start small. Focus on one or two of our tips and think about how a little change to the arrangement, or a little addition to the flow of your lesson, can help create a vibrant but comfortable learning space.

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Making Your Own Teaching Luck

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, it’s a cute time to talk about luck and to let ourselves dream about pots of gold at the end of proverbial rainbows. But I’d rather start thinking about luck as something we make for ourselves. Not only will it change the way we approach our students every day and every year — no matter who’s on the roster — but it will also model a mindset for our students that will allow them to recognize the circumstances they can control.

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Celebrate National ‘Be Heard’ Day with Pear Deck

Could there be a day more relevant to the work we’re doing with Pear Deck? Yes, we use a lot of pedagogical words like “student engagement” and “formative assessment” when we talk about the tool that is Pear Deck, but the root of what we’re all about at Pear Deck is giving every student a voice and every teacher a means to hear and highlight those voices. So in celebration of National Be Heard Day, let’s consider how we can hear and honor our students’ unique voices with Pear Deck.

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Thinking About the Risks of Tech in Schools

I’m highly skeptical of technology and deeply concerned with the proliferation of technology in our lives in general, and our students’ lives in particular. If you tell me “there’s an app for that,” my first thought is I probably don’t need it. Technology definitely makes possible things that weren’t possible before, but that’s not always a good or worthy end. We have to be thoughtful about what we bring into our lives and what we require our students to use.

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An Even More #PerfectPear

Asking more questions and giving every student a safe, engaging way to respond changes everything. We promise, just try it. You know those days when your class is wide awake, paying attention, laughing and learning? Let’s have more of those. In support of that goal and making this year the best ever, we’ve revamped Pear Deck for Google Slides

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