For a teacher, popsicle sticks are a randomization tool. You can write student names on them, stick them in a jar, and then use them to help you, as the teacher, to be unbiased when calling on students or picking a student for a job. Let's not forget that the popsicle sticks are a tool for you as the teacher. We should not confuse a randomization process for choosing engagement as helping to heighten levels of actual engagement.
"Threatening possible engagement is not the same as actually being engaged," said me as a 5th grader.
With a critical eye, look at your classroom instruction. Is there any process in your day that is causing you to inadvertently manifest the above scenario, where compliance is the real goal and possible engagement is used as a threat for compliance? Is this really what you wanted?
As a grant administrator and school administrator I’m building budgets all of the time. No, really, it happens quite often. Zero based budgeting and incremental budgeting are two methods that I use. With the zero based method I start off with a total budget amount in mind and build my budget up to that amount, aiming to have zero money left over. An incremental budget means that I take the last budgeting cycle amounts and base my new budget on what was actually spent last time, attempting to take into account future needs. I find that using these methods together is very effective.Obviously, my school district has professional accounting software that tracks the real money, so there is no need for me to adopt another system that tracks actual purchases. Most of the time the budgets that I create are quick, one-off, planning budgets that help inform purchasing, grant reporting, and grant writing. That said, the normal Word, Excel, Pages, Numbers tools don’t really allow you to do…
An effective way to facilitate your organization's social media presence is to use Facebook as a hub. If you don't have a Page already, create a Facebook Page for your school or district. Also, create a Twitter account for your school or district. Make sure that you are logged in to your organization’s Twitter account and then visit http://www.facebook.com/twitter. This page will help you link your Facebook Page to your Twitter account.
Once this is set up, anything posted to your organization’s Facebook Page, by you or other Page administrators, will repost on your Twitter account automatically.