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Friday, October 30, 2009
We discussed this controversial shift in science education with Dr. Barbara Forrest, a philosophy professor and a leader in the fight to keep creationist curricula out of the classroom.
I know it's a crazy week with Halloween and report cards for some of you. But since we're gaining an hour with Daylight Savings Time, you can spend a quick minute to win some cash for classroom supplies and/or school clothes
Enter the $250 Classroom Supplies Giveaway to win... $250 for classroom supplies. Not a clever title, but you get what I'm saying.
Send a pic of you in your cutest school outfit for the Best Dressed Teacher Contest!!! Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five finalists will be chosen, then people can vote for their favorite over the next two weeks. The winner will get a $100 gift card to the work-clothes store of their choosing.
Just in time for the holidays!!
Get your entries in by Monday!! Good luck :)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
A: Let’s approach this unreasonable parent like we would an attacking bear. Just roll up in a ball and play dead. Hopefully, she’ll lose interest and roam away to more responsive prey. If that doesn’t work, climb the nearest tree and call animal control for backup.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
But as October comes to a close, supplies start to dwindle and those supplies we do have are starting to look....well, shabby. (In all honesty, I’ve used much stronger language when lamenting the loss of yet another glue stick to the dreaded improperly snapped cap, but I digress.)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Since questions on tolerance and acceptance don’t often appear on standardized tests, Helen Keller’s message can too easily fall by the wayside in these stressful times in education.
Intolerance, prejudice and hate in children are too often inherited or a result of ignorance. There are a tremendous number of resources available to help you open the minds of your students and broaden their understanding of racial, ethnic and gender stereotypes and differences
“Now that class is rigorous,” “That lesson was full of rigor,” or “Where was the rigor in that?” were some of the exit lines of a Learning Walk I accompanied my principal and assistant principal on last week.
The problem is that they know what they are looking for when they pull out their rigor rulers during classroom pop-in’s but many of us teachers don’t. Getting a privileged ear before and after the quick five minute “mini-observations” that made up our Learning Walk, I gathered the following about what they are looking for in terms of rigor:
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here are 12 easy ways to prepare for your ed tech adventure and try activities at every level of experience.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Moby is the robot-friend who will help you get your students' attention, thanks to BrainPOP and their animated educational videos. Allisyn Levy, director of BrainPOP Educators, was nice enough to give TeachHUB the inside scoop on BrainPOP's innovative approach to helping teachers bring some flair into their classrooms.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Maybe not, but many of your students know and love it. Here is a way to use their music to engage them with weekly news and current events.
Browse out to theweekinrap.com. Choose the topic of the week and see that latest slideshow with the weekly news in rap.
Read more to see example and how to use it in your classroom!
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is launching a state-wide initiative to encourage schools to explore online, open source instructional materials instead of textbooks, according to an eSchoolNews report.
This is both a move toward the current trends in digital media and a desperate attempt to confront the $24 billion budget deficit in the state. Existing online resources are being screened to determine if they meet state standards.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
However, homework is not going anywhere, so let’s try to tackle some of those issues on the teacher side of things, shall we?
Read more & play Wordle game
Monday, October 19, 2009
Parents to the Classroom Stars
A majority of the conferences are quite pleasant, the “you have a phenomenal child, you must be proud, keep it up” kind of talks. This does not mean that my school is teeming with phenomenal scholars but that the honor role students have parents who will make it to a parent teacher conference. These parents allow you to feel good about your career choice and your ability in the classroom and hell, throw in your charm and your ability name literary elements. Education Pays! Yeah!
However, every fifth conference or so is not as pleasant.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Read about The Discouraging Principal & The Disruptive Teachers
Have you experienced educators behaving badly? Share your story in the comments section or take the poll!
Her example shows the power of student activism while removing the stigma surrounding students with cancer or other serious illnesses.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
By using the Random Name or Word Picker tool, fairness comes with one click of the mouse.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Well, not exactly. A graphic organizer is designed to present information in a different, more visual way. These organizers can increase student comprehension because they help students categorize and make sense of the information they are given. They also take the intimidation out of writing assignments because students aren't staring at a blank page.
I'm sympathetic to their words because these teachers have had little to no formal training in teaching reading. However, reading is a part of daily learning, not only in the primary grades, but in grades 4 and up; and more than 8 million students in grades 4 to 12 are struggling readers. In addition, high school students in the lowest 25 percent of their class are 20 times more likely to drop out of school than are excellent and proficient learners.
In a recent panel discussion I attended, Alan Alda and the producer's of the PBS documentary, “The Human Spark” tackled the question of what makes us different from the other animals. Each speaker made a powerful case for their response, and many fell into the theme of cooperation. My favorite answer, however, came from the hilarious Alda.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Small schools around the country get sponsored by a variety of non-government organizations bolstered largely by the Gates Foundation. We are one of these schools. Since we're graduating our first class next year, we won't receive any more funding.
So what happens to a school that has about $100 grand less a year in their budget when they already feels strapped?
Monday, October 12, 2009
We hear about arts programs are being cut in schools across the country, a victim of budgetary restrictions or the need for test-prep time. No big deal, some say. But think again.
Students who regularly participated in the arts for at least one full year were more likely to:
~ be recognized for academic achievement
~ be elected to class office
~ participate in a math and science fair
~ win an award for school attendance
To integrate the arts in YOUR classroom, try one or all of these Top 12 ways!
We all grew up with the idyllic story of Christopher Columbus discovering America to the benefit of all involved, and then the (some years later) Pilgrims and Indians sat down for a peaceful and happy thanksgiving meal and then this great nation broke apart from the tyrannical crown to become the greatest nation ever.
If only it was so simple. Christine Gibson sheds some historical evidence on
What do you think? Is Columbus a hero, a villain or just a good enough excuse for a day off? Take the poll to the right.
“By most accounts a rigid, paranoid man…he gave each native older than 14 a quota of gold to find per day [on a return trip to the Carribean]. Those who failed had their hands cut off; those who resisted were killed. Many fled and were hunted down or starved. The Spanish hadn’t brought any women, and rape was common, as were forced marriages." When he left, “he kidnapped some 500 natives to serve as slaves in the
Old World, and half of them died en route….”
After his death,
’ son wrote a biography to restore his reputation. “This set in motion the seesaw Columbus Columbus’s reputation would ride for the next five centuries, particularly in . The recent shift in his stature is nothing new; he has been constantly reinvented since the birth of the America to mirror our evolving national identity.” Full article United States
Either way, enjoy your Columbus Day!
Friday, October 9, 2009
As an educational shout out to everyone running the Chicago marathon, I'm tracking 26 monumental teaching milestones.
1. First day of student teaching
2. First time a student calls you Mr./Ms. _____
3. When you realize your bathroom break schedule makes morning coffee a big mistake
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This computer capture tool can help you create a video of screen shots or the whole process of your lesson. This way, nothing will be lost in translation between the lesson you want and what the substitute does. It's as if you're in the classroom showing them yourself - no matter where you are.
There is some intial setup for this tool, but it's totally worth it! You can use it for sub plans, in-class work, video directions for absentees or to reinforce homework instructions.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
“I See Piles of Data Looking At Me.”
If you’ve been regularly reading my column here at TeachHUB, you are probably beginning to think, “this woman is obsessed with organizing.” And you would be right.
However, despite my vigilant dedication to all things organized, somehow all sorts of piles always manage to creep up in my classroom. That’s right, I have piles. Piles of papers. Piles upon piles upon piles...and they’re all staring at me, daring me to do something about them. Or maybe they’re just mocking me and my big organizational ego. Hmm...
Normally, I won't endorse a product that you have to purchase, but I am making an exception with the Flip Video. This little camera is just the perfect tool for so many teaching activities that the payback, as they say in the commercial, is priceless.
Here are my favorite video activites. Each of these activities could be done with a traditional camera. The Flip just makes it much easier to upload, edit and share your videos.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
As I watched a local population of little brown myotis bats wake up and hunt for some breakfast this late summer evening, I was surprised to see a blinking firefly hovering in my yard. Since the peak for firefly activity in my little corner of the Southeastern U.S. is late July, I was curious about the story behind this little fella.
And so I embarked on a journey.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I began to wonder if subconsciously we are teaching our students to judge based on appearance by giving them this quick protocol for selecting a text. Then I started thinking about how often I do the same thing with my own classroom.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Language Arts/ English
* To Host or Not to Host Writing Prompt:
Create a pros/cons list for Chicago hosting the 2016 Olympics.
Once you’ve completed the list, write a persuasive essay arguing why Chicago SHOULD or SHOULD NOT host the Olympics.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
With Doodlebuzz, you can access hundreds of newspapers from around the country based on whatever curriculum or topic you want. There's also an artsy ed-tech edge to the experience.
Thanks to cheesy infomercials and stories of diploma mills, online education has a bad rap, especially among some in the educational community. But is that fair?