Monday, January 20, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
One of the best online dictionaries for children!
Add the children's version of the WordsmythNow widget to your toolbar, and students can look up new vocabulary no matter where they are online.
of particular interest ~
Welcome to Wordsmyth Kids
A Novel Ending/ Closure Activity
Teacher's Note: This activity is intended to be used at the end of a novel study (or story). The above objectives should have already been taught and practiced prior to the completion of this activity. This is a closure activity.
Friday, January 17, 2014
easel.ly and Infographics
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The Real Place Kids Learn Math |
How do you teach math?
I don't mean, "How SHOULD you teach math?" but really - how DO you?
Okay, let me try to be a bit clearer (because at this point I'm kinda getting myself confused).
There is "official" math teaching and there are the things we do that accidentally teach math.
When teachers plan out lessons, there's intentional teaching about to happen. This can show up in the form of giving students step-by-step algorithms or through guided experiences. And different kids need each.
So really, there's not one way that we SHOULD teach math.
But how about the math that we teach when we don't even know we're teaching it?
Like counting to 5 when parents are about to punish their toddler. What kind of message does that send about counting?
Or just interacting with kids - you'll be surprised how math comes out in games, cooking, gardening or just driving down the road. From this they learn logic, fractions, volume and rates.
Did you know we were teaching math that way?
Stop for a minute the next time you interact with your students in a non-math situation. Is there math there? When you see it - say it out loud!
Let me know what you find and how you say it. I'd love to hear it!"
Courtesy "Bon Crowder"
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Top 100 Twitter Tools for teachers
Monday, December 23, 2013
Teach Smarter and More Efficiently
Monday, December 02, 2013
Blog of the Day
WeAreTeachers is a powerful online resource for lesson plans, professional development resources, grants and contests for teachers, and much more.
Follow the on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest for up to date resources, topics and tools to use in your classroom.
As an example check out these art resources for the core curriculum.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
A Day in the Life of An Educator
Do you wonder what teachers do all day? Would you like to tell the world that this job doesn't end at 2:00 when the bell rings? Ranging from insightful to funny to contemplative, these blogs offer an honest look at what life as an elementary school teacher is really like
Also of interest Life of an Educator
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Great Websites for Kids
Friday, November 15, 2013
A 15 Minute Pizza
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Blogs that Caught My Eye
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Dolch Phrase Worksheet Generator
The busy teacher loves generators. Have your students use them in interesting and creative ways tied to your curriculum.
Other generators you may like~
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Resource Ideas for Subbies
FREE Fact Swap Review Game for Any Subject. To begin, each student writes three facts about the subject in the top three boxes. Then students walk around .. a fun way for students to share facts they have learned about whatever you have been teaching
Swap Review Game a sheet of paper folded into nine blocks
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Gooru ..a search engine for learning and teaching
With Gooru, a free search engine for learning, you can quickly find topic-relevant, standards-aligned resources and organize them into teachable and sharable “collections” — all in one place.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
The Power of Math
"Many people believe that only a minority of children are born with mathematical talent, while the rest simply do not have the ability to succeed at a high level. Recent discoveries in cognitive science are challenging this myth of ability. The brain is not hard wired; it continues to change and develop throughout life. Steady incremental learning can result in the emergence of new abilities."
Friday, October 25, 2013
Notable Sites That Caught my Eye
Inspirational ideas and printables collated from Pinterest
An anchor chart, is very effective in promoting student success. It outlines or describes procedures, processes, and strategies.
Julie's charts provide additional taking off points
A classroom staple is for this teacher ~
I have been using anchor charts from my first day of teaching and often have the students create their own. Teachers have a thing for anchor charts
Searches related to anchor charts
Monday, October 21, 2013
Hallowe'en Phys Ed Games etc
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Community Hub: Fiction to Fact! A Lesson ...
Always on the search for the ultimate lesson plan.
Of interest is the top 25 Lesson Plans ....
"How did we teach without the Internet? Our favorite sites simplify lesson planning, keep the classroom running smoothly, and engage students." Thank you Hannah, for this great compilation!
Monday, October 14, 2013
This fabulous language tool is a boon for teachers and students alike... it's more than a thesaurus, dictionary, graphic organizer, vocabulary and language tool and idea simulator.
Do give it a try and I do recommend students add it to their language/english toolbox of language tools.
Also recommended ~
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Philosophy According to Malcom Gladwell
Philosophy According to Malcom Gladwell as it applies to teaching and learning
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Common Core in Action and Writing
"What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news. The "audience" for student writing was once the lone teacher sitting after school with her cup of coffee, a red pen, and a stack of essays or other writing projects."
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Online Art Games to consolidate, enrich and enhance your art programme. Why not allow your students to explore works of art with educational games.
An Overview of Balanced Math Instruction
Balanced Mathematics - P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey - K067 - New York City Department of Education via kwout
An Overview of Balanced Math Instruction from the NYC Department of Education
"What does it mean to do, learn, and understand mathematics? John A. Van de Walle, amathematics teacher, consultant and author, puts it this way, "Doing ..."
Balanced mathematics instruction is a method for educators to use the texts and tools that they currently have to create a balanced math curriculum.
Balanced math instruction offered here ~
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
The 5 Minds of Learners
"Howard Gardner is one of the prominent figures in the field of cognitive and developmental psychology. He is best renowned for his multiple intelligences theory, a theory which has had some far reaching impact on the pedagogy and teaching practice."
5 Minds of the Future
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
a comprehensive resource for writing teachers
Students should enjoy the random story prompt generator.
Similar to WritingFix ~
Helping Students Manage Time
"There are many posts regarding this topic. I didn't realize there were so many until I conducted a research Google search. 324,000,000 results to my query. Wow, I'd spend a lot of time if I had to review all of those!"
And for the younger student and time management ~
Helping Busy Kids Manage Time
ADD Students and Time Management
Increase Efficiency in the Classrooom
Key to Solving Discipline Problems
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Don't Be an Angry Bird!!
A sensational graphic for those students who "lose it"! Thank you so much.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Math and the POWER OF JELLY BEANS
Monday, July 22, 2013
Digital Photo Tips and Tricks
Summertime and time to take more photos than usual. Digital Photography Tips
Monday, July 01, 2013
Game Board Centers
"Students playa number of games which have been devised by someone else, discover faults and short-comings and suggest improvements. (This involves the strategic skills of understanding a situation' and 'identifying relevant factors in it'.)"
The aim of this resource is design an important area of real problem solving that many people face regularly in their lives at home and at work.
This is a great strategy to use as the school year ends and to keep students focused.
If you like this resource you may want to integrate these resources~
Sunday, June 30, 2013
EduClipper Launches Its “Pinterest For Education” To Bring Better Crowdsourced Curation And Sharing To The Classroom | TechCrunch via kwout
Called the Pinterest for educators....
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Poster
You may also like ~
Common Core & Ed Tech ... "practical, proven tools to engage students in technology while meeting Common Core Standards"
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Math Resources That Caught My Eye
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
What caught my eye on ISTE 13 today?
Friday, May 03, 2013
Top 6 Search Engines for Finding Images
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Art Projects for Kids
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Need Inspiration or a Lesson Plan!!
Words for Spring
Words to Use for Spring
Words for Spring. Find words and phrases to describe spring and the arrival of springtime. Adjectives; Nouns; Verbs; Phrases. abloom; active; airy; alive
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Resource Sharing from various Edcamps
Thursday, February 07, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
"A little while back we worked on Character Traits in my groups and I totally forgot to share with you! I made this anchor chart (please pardon the GIANT wrinkle!)"
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Trend Spotting Sites for Educators
Friday, December 21, 2012
Sites to explore over the Xmas Holiday Season
A chance to explore .....
Other Sites that caught my eye this week~
Ed Tech Buzzwords .. An interesting interpretation of where we are heading with the current technology available to us.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
OCDSB Instructional Technology Coach Resources
Welcome to the OCDSB Coaches Corner, a wealth of resources linked to the Ontario curriculum
Feature sites ~
Over 40 Lesson Ideas Based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Edgalaxy - Cool Stuff For Nerdy Teachers - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet. via kwout
Cool, trendy stuff for nerdy teachers!!
Also see a sampling of GREAT resources from the site ~
Calculate, area, volume and perimeter using Lego as an engagement tool.
An interactive mindmap of teaching ideas and lesson plans
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Language Arts Character Traits
I had the opportunity to teach a lesson on Character Traits. I used the idea of horoscopes to stimulate, extend and enhance the lesson.
The students used their current novels, chose 3 character traits to support their choices and presented to the class.
Students read their novels and continued to focus on learning about their characters.
~Resources to support the lesson