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Monday, February 28, 2011
Rango brings hope to this town as the sheriff. Hope means to wish for something and believe that it will happen. What do you hope for? Write/draw three things you hope for. Then, share your hopes with the class.
3-5 Classroom Sheriff
Rango is new to town and is given the position of sheriff. A sheriff is in charge of enforcing rules to make sure the towns’ people are safe. Pretend you are the sheriff of your classroom. Create a list of 5 rules you would enforce to make sure your classroom was fun and a good place to learn.
Get Rango Video Writing Prompts
Friday, February 25, 2011
Every once in a while one of those teacher leaves a lasting impression. For me, that was my very first teacher: Mrs. Mathers.
Read My Kindergarten Teacher, My Hero
Thursday, February 24, 2011
There are many things I didn't learn in college but I am not so sure you can. Teaching has to be experienced to be learned, not just read about, discussed and debated. I wish I had been taught that in college.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Teachers find themselves with five or even ten vacant minutes at the end of class, and they ask themselves, “What now?” While some may opt to allow students additional “study time” or “early homework time,” such a plan usually goes awry, and students begin chattering, antagonizing one another, and generally become disruptive in the absence of an actual purpose.
A better answer to the “dead time” issue comes in the form of Exit Slips:
Read Exit Slips: Effective Bell-Ringer Activities
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
What Not to Say
Never say to a bullied child: “Ignore the bully and walk away; they’re just jealous; twenty years from now those bullies will probably be in jail and you’ll be successful; I know how you feel; or be patient.”
What to Say
This is what you should say to your bullied student and do:
Step1: Say, "I don’t know how you feel. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. It must be awful.”
Step 2: Say, “Let’s talk about an action that we can take together today to help solve this problem of bullying that you’re facing.”
Read Bully Free Classroom: 10 Tips for Teachers
Monday, February 21, 2011
12. Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
In 1994, President Clinton signed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act. The Goals 2000 plan was ambitious, setting targets such as the “United States students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.” Although many of the goals set forth in the law have not yet been achieved, some experts feel that Goals 2000 a precursor to President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind program.
11. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
During the late 19th century, white southerners passed state laws that made literacy a prerequisite for voting. The Harrison administration supported the Blair Education Bill, providing federal aid to teach literacy to blacks living in the south. Although Harrison’s education bill encountered resistance from Congress and never became law, it became clear that education would be an important component of racial equality.
Read Top 12 Presidents to Influence Education
Pretend you are running for president. Write a campaign slogan that you could put on a poster. It should include your name and tell people to vote for you. You can use rhyme, alliteration (starting words with the same letter) or a fun theme (American eagles, flags or fireworks for example).
What makes a good president? Brainstorm different characteristics, actions and achievements you think people should use to judge presidents on their time in office. Choose the top three reasons and explain why those are the most important criteria for judging presidential success.Watch videos and read all the presidential writing prompts
Friday, February 18, 2011
Together, they write and publish innovative teaching resources which target primary school curriculum through value-based original songs. Their company is called Keystone Creations.
Nuala shares her passion for music and learning in this exclusive TeachHUB interview.
Read Educating Through Song: Interview w/ a Musical Curriculum Creator
My advice to administrators is to think like teachers as they make their rounds from classroom to classroom.
Read Dear Admin, Please Assess My Teaching!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Education blogger Steve Moore shares his response to this quote: “Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more.” Bob Talbert
Read The "Bad" Teacher Debate: Losing Labels in Education
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The moon changes color during a lunar eclipse. Imagine that there is a moon for every primary (red, blue and yellow) and secondary (green, orange and purple) color. Draw 6 moons on a page and color each a different color. Label each moon with its color.
3-5: Space Exploration
Imagine that NASA is sending you to the moon to experience a lunar eclipse from that perspective. What do you think it will be like? Describe your educated guess, or hypothesis, of what you would see if you were on the moon as the earth blocks the sun.
Watch lunar eclipse video and read all writing prompts
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
If you have a tight budget and need to outfit a Science classroom, here is what my students and I consider the six most important pieces of technology for every Science classroom to have.
Read 6 Essential Tech Tools for Science Classrooms
Here is a list of useful resources for teachers to bring the topic of the clashing in Cairo to the classroom.
Read Egypt Protest Teaching Resources
Monday, February 14, 2011
This year, teaching is my valentine. It's the perfect time for us to recognize (and remind ourselves) why we absolutely love what we do.
2. My students constantly surprise me
Read 12 Reasons I Love Teaching
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Now, our challenge is going to be channeling all this attention into positive outcomes for our profession and for our students.
Read Empowering Teachers & Quitting the Blame Game
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
One approach for organizing teaching and learning that has worked well for teachers is the Gallavan six-step SOCIAL Model.
Here is how it works:
Read 6 Steps to Sustained Student Learning
The child is dressed in a Darth Vader costume. Darth Vader is the villain character in the Star Wars movies. Can you think of another movie villain? Draw a picture of that villain or create a villain of your own to draw.
6-8: Advertising for Education
All commercials are used to persuade people to like and want a product. Pretend that you have been tasked to make a commercial for “succeeding in school.” How would you get the attention of your audience and persuade them to like school and try their hardest?
Watch video & find all Darth Vader Super Bowl Commercial Writing Prompts
Monday, February 7, 2011
Here is a list of real-life teachers, some famous and some not, that stand out for their contributions to their students and the world.
Read Top 12 Incredibly Inspiring Real Life Teachers
Friday, February 4, 2011
Coach Specht, considered one of the best all-around coaches in the country, was kind enough to share his insights what makes a good coach and a great teacher.
Read Super Bowl Special Interview
Writing Prompts - Who will win the Super Bowl on Sunday? Remember to provide specific reasons to support your pick.
Read Super Bowl Curriculum Connections
Thursday, February 3, 2011
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.
Read How Teaching Separates Humans from Animals
Here are some of the popular Facebook applications used inside and outside the classroom to help students learn:
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
February Recommended Lessons:
Math: Super Bowl Measurements
Make your lesson on measurements SUPER with this activity touchdown.
Social Studies: State of the Union Presidential Review
Bringing today's news into the classroom helps make the study of government real for my students.
Language Arts: Exploring Themes with Shaun White
Shaun White's themed room design for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will inspire your students' creative exploration of theme.
Science: Turtle Traits Activity
Work on observation, artistry and comparisons with this activity based on the evolution of the modern turtle.
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