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Friday, April 29, 2011
If you had a pet dinosaur, what would you name him? Draw your dinosaur pet and write his name under the picture. Bonus: describe in 1-2 sentences a dinosaur game the two of you would play together.
9-12: Learning Comes to Life
This dinosaur visit is a great way to get kids excited about learning about dinosaurs. What would make learning fun for you? Think about one of the subjects you're currently studying. Brainstorm 5 different projects, classroom activities or special guests that would make school come alive.
Watch the video and see all Dinosaur Scare Video Writing Prompts
Thursday, April 28, 2011
I’ve had the benefit of working in three different districts; some were very laid back, and others were very uptight. I’ve seen both extremes as far as the PD spectrum goes; I’ve had great, and I’ve been subjected to bad, so I feel qualified to write on professional development.
When I came across the article 5 Ways to Fail at Design in the Harvard Business Review, I became inspired to relate it to teaching. I knew the points of design failure could aptly be used in the teaching profession, especially in regard to professional development failure.
Take these teachers' perspective tips on what to avoid when planning your next professional development.
Read 5 Don'ts for Teacher Professional Development
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Read 6 Common Teacher Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
How often do your students feel successful and confident with problem solving and computation?
If your answers are rarely or never, you’re not alone. Math is one of the most challenging subjects to inspire confidence and enthusiasm in your students. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Try this intro method to Singapore Math to see how it can change how you and your students think about math.
Read Quick Guide to Singapore Math Modeling
Monday, April 25, 2011
The list includes books aimed for both guys and girls. This list is (most importantly) not up to me–all of these books were checked out most of the year because my students LOVE them.
Without further adieu, here are the top 12 young adult reads for your classroom library:
Friday, April 22, 2011
Learn about the Schools Fight Hunger organization and find out how your school can participate in this exclusive TeachHUB interview.
Read Fighting Childhood Hunger in Schools
Thursday, April 21, 2011
This amusing advice column helps teacher deal with difficult parents by learning from other dangerous predators: bears.
Read Teacher Tips for Dealing with Out of Control Parents
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Read Earth Day Project: Recycle with Students
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Read Earth Day Eco-Tips for Teachers
Monday, April 18, 2011
E-learning, like most aspects of the applied sciences and education, is a rapidly growing and changing field. New technologies are constantly being implemented that let students and teachers better interact both in the classroom and outside of it — not only at the college level, but in K-12 schools around the world.
If you’re an educator trying to keep up, here are some trends that are changing the face of 21st century learning.
Read Top 10 eLearning Trends in K-12 Education
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here is a brief rundown of what these STEM schools are all about and how they represents the beginning of a change in the way that we educate our students.
Read How STEM School Will Change US Education
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Make a sign or a card for Bethany to cheer her on for her next surfing competition!
9-12: Adjusting to Change
Bethany loves to spend her free time surfing. What physical activities do you like to do in your free time? Now, imagine you had an accident like Bethany and as a result had a physical disability. Would still be able to do these activities? Describe how that disability would change your day-to-day life.
See video and get all Soul Surfer Video Writing Prompts
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Here are some easy to use strategies to use cell phones in the classrooms.
Why Use Cell Phones as Learning Tools
Cell phones are different from a computer lab filled with computers or a cart of netbooks because the cell phone is personal technology. Most students have invested a great deal of time learning about the features of the cell phone, how to navigate and the limitations of the phone. The other reason to really rethink the cell phone debate is because learning on the cell phone can extend beyond the walls of the school or the confines of a class period.
Read How to Use Cell Phones as Learning Tools
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Many Facets of Inclusion Teaching
The many hats that you wear on any given day depend upon the students, subjects, and topics you teach. Schools and families collaborate to assist students of all ability levels to achieve many skills, while co-teachers and all staff collaborate together to teach and reach each student. Planning for successful inclusion includes allocating the time, resources, strategies, interventions, appropriate student supports, and of course, can do attitudes!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Here are my favorite cool, lesser known Google tools that can play big roles in the classroom.
Read Cool Google Tools for Teachers
Friday, April 8, 2011
At TeachHUB, we want to remind all you teachers that we know you rock. Here are 99 reasons to prove it!
99 Reasons Teachers Rocks
1. Teachers rock because they are able to make 60 decisions a minute, all while sipping cold coffee, helping children overcome problems in reading and subtraction with regrouping, and filling out about a million forms in triplicate. We rock! ~ Michelle Howell-Martin
2. "When asked what gift they would most like to receive from their students, nearly half of all teachers say a simple "thank you" will suffice, according to a recent National Education Association online poll."
3. Teachers can make you feel special, no matter what your age. Check out My Kindergarten Teacher, My Hero for one touching story.
4. Teachers rock because we have bladders of steel ~ Cheryl Bremson
5. Teachers are the kings and queens of acronyms – from RtI to DI to NCLB to AFT to NEA to SPED to AYP to the ABCs.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
They neither told me it was because they were teens themselves nor because we had been discussing the idea of identity in art, poetry, short fiction and a novel for the past 10 days of school.
“Oh Lord (Byron),” I thought to myself, “they’re not connecting one day to the next.”
I began to ask my students if they remembered any of the other things we’d read about identity. Blank stares. “Any poems? Any stories?” Blank. Stares.
Read Solving the Student Connection Crisis
Here are ways you can spice up your lessons as well have examples of what I have done in my classroom.
Creating Themed Environments in Your Classroom
Creating a classroom party around a themed book topic can be fun and educational.
My Great Gatsby Party
This is the first year I’ve tried this project, but it was fun and really successful. I printed a simple backdrop from the Internet, a drawing that looked like Gatsby’s mansion. I posted a sign above it that read “Gatsby’s party.” As extra credit, I challenged students to find examples of 1920s fashion and create themselves in the likeness of a flapper or a bootlegger, somebody who would appear at Gatsby’s lavish soirees. It works best if students are given guidelines (size, type of paper). I asked for figures that were cut out, on cardstock or poster board, and six- to eight-inches tall.
Read about more Creative Literature Projects Students Love
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
What is a math teacher’s favorite sum?
Why does the principal keep talking to me about having more “arty eye”? I teach reading, not art.
Monday, April 4, 2011
This weekly feature will have a new theme for recommended resources every week. You can also tag for grade level and include links, pictures, videos and more.
Just roll your cursor over the blue box in the right hand corner to grab your Post-Its and add your favorite Web 2.0 tools to the bulletin board.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Learn Kim's secrets to making science infectiously fun for you and your students in this exclusive TeachHUB interview.
Can you tell us a brief description of the “Catch the Science Bug” program and website?
Catch the Science Bug’s mission is to get children excited about and engaged in science! We teach different science enrichment programs in the schools, offer a free educational website, and produce a science series for Rhode Island PBS which will be available via video come September.
Read Spread the Science Bug: Kim Bent Interview
Deadline: Three winners will be chosen at random on Monday, April 4 at 12 p.m. CSTIn honor of Women's History Month, TeachHUB wants to bring forceful females to your class!
We're giving away "Female Force" graphic novels to provide empowering, student-friendly reading materials to you & your students.