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Teacher Toolkit | 5 Things Mr. Fernandez Can't Teach Without

Mr. Fernandez has been a familiar face at Oakhill for quite a while, but this year is his third year in the Middle School Science Lab. We stopped Mr. Fernandez to find out what are his must-haves to keep his lab running smooth!


1. Champions Bell - Every student deserves to be celebrated, to be a champion. Most importantly I want my students to honor all of their victories, no matter the size. When my students ring the Champions Bell, they are giving themselves a shout out for achieving their accomplishments.

2. Cell Phone - My cell phone is one of my most useful classroom items, not because I need to make calls on it throughout the day, but because it allows me an additional opportunity to connect with my students in the classroom. I started using this app called Plickers, I'm sure there's more out there like it, but it has allowed me to increase classroom engagement with my more shy students who tend to be quiet and more reserved during class. My phone also allows me to grab photos of activity in the classroom as it is happening and gives me a quick way to upload those photos as well. 

3. Classroom Projector - These new projectors have taken my classroom to a whole other level because I can use it as something other than a device for showing videos, although it's good for that too. I love the interactive lessons that I can do on our projectors; it makes learning fun! I think my students enjoy science most when they can be active participants in their learning, versus staring at me in the front of the room lecturing.

4. Hammocks - I want my students to always look at things from a different perspective. What better way to do that? From a hammock of course! I added two hammocks to my classroom as alternative seating. I randomly select which students get the hammock view during class. I don't know? I think it is just another opportunity to make a student feel special that day.

5. Think Like a Proton Sign - Positivity is INFECTIOUS. When we, the adults in the building are positive, it spreads to the students. I hung this graphic above my door to remind students that every time they enter my room with positivity, anything is possible.


Mr. Fernandez is a Middle School Science Teacher at Oakhill Day School. Be sure to comment below with what would go in your Teacher Toolkit!

Posted by M. McDaniel in Teacher Topics, Middle School Years, Classroom on Tuesday September, 18, 2018
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2 Comments:

Mr. Fernandez,

What awesome ideas! Your students are so fortunate to have such a positive role model in their lives! I am definitely going to come to the South Building to try out the hammock!

Way to go!
Brenda Bock

from B. Bock on 09/18/18 at 09:09PM

Mr. Fernandez,

You are awesome!  I love your energy and enthusiasm for your students and their goals!  Your classroom is an awesome place to be!  You are a great collegue and an awesome role model for my boys!  

You rock!

Jodi Egbert

from J. Egbert on 09/18/18 at 09:40PM

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