Josh Work profile

Josh Work

Middle School Administrator, Maryland

I am a middle school administrator from Maryland. Currently pursuing my doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Hood College, MD.

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  • Digital Citizenship

    4 Digital Safety Tips for Summer Break

    Teach students to embrace summertime digital safety practices with the acronym R.E.S.T: Remain cautious, Express positivity, Stay active, and Tell someone.
  • Formative Assessment

    3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

    When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology SAMR Model for Administrators Part 5: Staff Input

    Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, administrators can invite their staff to share the vision, and keep them informed and updated.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology SAMR Model for Administrators Part 4: Classroom Evaluations

    Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, administrators can bypass the distractions and interruptions that often interfere with classroom evaluations.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology SAMR Model for Administrators Part 3: File Management

    Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, administrators can keep track of files, set a tech-friendly tone, and lead more effectively.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 2: Community Interaction

    Through the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model of technology, school communities can function more easily in supporting students and keeping parents informed.
  • Technology Integration

    Technology SAMR Model for Administrators - Part 1: Staff Presentations

    Use technology to implement the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) for clarity and efficiency in presenting to and communicating with school staff.
  • Student Engagement

    5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

    Every teacher remembers his or her first "tough kid" experience. Maybe the student ignored your directions or laughed at your attempts to utilize the classroom discipline steps. I've had the privilege of teaching some tough kids. I say "privilege" for a reason. Teaching these students pushed me to be a better educator and a more compassionate person. I've detailed below five methods that have reduced misbehavior in my classroom and, better still, helped transform these students into leaders among their peers.
  • Student Engagement

    Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students

    Middle school teacher and guest blogger Josh Work coins the term "uppervention" to describe his strategies for keeping gifted and talented students engaged, challenged and inspired to learn and achieve with the rest of their classmates.
  • Technology Integration

    The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

    Guest blogger and middle school teacher Josh Work suggests that the school media specialist can be your most valuable resource for brainstorming, discussing, planning and implementing a technology-enhanced approach to the Common Core.