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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here a list of my five favorite Halloween science demonstrations:
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Unlike in offices and other adult-dominated domains, costumes are often allowed and even expected in schools. Teachers need to balance creativity, professionalism and the logistics of dressing up for school.
Here are a few Do's and Don'ts to help you find the perfect Teacher Halloween Costume: read more
Friday, October 22, 2010
The winner will be picked at random from our entries and awarded with 40 hand-picked posters to deck the walls of their school with learning.
It is also the last weekend to vote on the Field Trip Photo Contest.
Enthused field trippers submitted shared their favorite photos for a chance to win free school trips for a teacher and 2 students OR $100 in school supplies. Your votes will decide the winner.
Both contests close Monday at 12 CST.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Is this really the answer?
The Corporate Charter School Trend
With all the hype associated with the movie, corporations and big-money celebrities are diving into this effort with significant donations for charter schools. read more
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This leaves educators struggling to find the perfect mix between educational video games and student enjoyment. What can teachers turn to that provides an educational advantage as well as an edge in the gaming world?
Two sweet history and current events games combine educational value with fun, current gaming trends: Mission US and Fantasy Supreme Court.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
9-12: Plotting a Rescue Mission
In order to rescue the miners, a special shuttle created by NASA was used to bring the miners to the surface. This rescue mission took very precise attention to detail because many lives were at stake.
Break up into small groups and come up with a rescue plan of your own. Remember to keep in mind the geographical conditions of the area, the dangers of the miners being underground, and other characteristics that create the hazardous circumstances for the rescue mission. What kind of equipment would you need? What kind of professionals would you want to be involved in this mission?Get Writing Prompts
Monday, October 18, 2010
No matter what, multiple intelligences can give you – and your students – a new way to approach learning.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Here are two videos to help launch discussion in your classroom on giving students the freedom to fail.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
An Observation in Classroom Comfort
I went in to watch a friend teach a lesson this week after hearing all summer about his plans to make his 9th grade classroom less intimidating and more student friendly. When I walked in students were sitting in a circle, some on a polka dotted carpet reminiscent of a 2nd grade, about to begin a one minute silent breathing exercise before starting the day's work...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
To prepare for Halloween in your classroom, check out these activities for fun new ways to sneak in some spooky lessons and ghoulish learning!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The entries are super fun, creative and educational. Picking through the entries has been the highlight of my week.
Help us decide who will win the 3 free trips for their next field trip OR $100 for school supplies.
Check out Top 10 Field Trip Photos & Vote for your favorite!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Make Jared a sign to encourage him during the race. Include inspiring pictures and words that will cheer Jared on. To start, think of words that your teacher or parents say to make you feel good when you're doing something difficult.
6-8: Health Tips for Athletes
To run a marathon, you have to be in good shape. Brainstorm ways people can live a healthy lifestyle, including what they eat, drink and their day-to-day activities. Create a list of 10 health tips for Jared and explain why each tip will help the athlete succeed in their fitness goal.
Watch video and get more K-12 writing prompts
Friday, October 8, 2010
This excerpt from The Accidental Teacher will give you a glimpse into this humorous look at education from an outsider's perspective.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
As we study the McCarthy era in my class, I can’t help but recall when ‘50s, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow quoted Shakespeare while commenting on the gross injustices perpetrated during the McCarthy hearing: “the fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves.”
This is no witch trial. This is no hunting of Communists. It’s more insidious than either, because it appears to be helping kids. It’s called online learning. Distance learning. Credit recovery.
This is the last week to enter TeachHUB's Educational Adventure Photo Contest.
Share your favorite field trip photos for your chance to win free trips for you and 2 students OR $100 in school supplies for your class.
Don't forget to get your entries in before the deadline: Monday, October 11!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Look around the classroom. Choose an ordinary item, then brainstorm 5 things you could do with that item other than its usual purpose.
9-12: Music's Place in Society
No matter what the year or location, music is a universal element of culture.
1. Choose a specific time and place (whether it's the time period you're reading about, a geography assignment or modern culture).
2. Explain how the music of the time represents that society.
Get Video Writing Prompts
Here are some must-read teaching guide to tackle controversial topics in your classroom. Read More
Monday, October 4, 2010
Kathy has been kind enough to share her Top 12 favorite free ed tech tools!
Here are tons of ways to use it as a tool in your classroom. Read More
Friday, October 1, 2010
This question is one that plagues every teacher, as has becomes clear through my own teaching experience and almost every conversation I’ve had with teachers.
A recent string of blog posts capture the frustration facing dedicated, caring teachers: Read More