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Posted by Community Manager on October 27 2017 at 11:05 AM
We are SO excited to share the news that National Summer Institute is returning next summer, in Orlando, Florida. Whether you've been before or this will be your first time, we hope you'll join us! At NSI you'll get to: Re-energize Your Teaching Strategies: Fun, collaborative opportunities to learn new reading, writing and language strategies going into the 2018-2019 school yearGain Power User Status: Discover more tips and tricks for maximizing tools like Teacher Central to…
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Posted by oldLisaold on April 09 2009 at 3:52 PM
Increasing student vocabulary can be challenging.  Because of this, Scholastic’s Vocabulary Builder Routine was created.  It is centered on interdisciplinary vocabulary terms referred to as ‘target words.’  These words are selected from the text that you are reading aloud that day or are in the middle of studying.  You can use the routine by introducing 1 word as a 5 minute portion of any literature lesson or by introducing 5 – 6 words as an entirely separate vocabulary…
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:37 PM
I always incorporate a great deal of graphics into my lessons.  This is especially important when teaching poetry.  I found that there is not much middle ground when it comes to teenagers and poetry – they either love it or hate it.  Thus, I attempt to engage those who are not especially fond of poetry through engaging graphics and examples.  This strategy also aids in the understanding of poetic devices such as hyperbole and metaphor.  Use the attached Power Point…
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:36 PM
People tend to remember their teachers by one easily identifiable look or frequently used statement.  My seventh grade history teacher Ms. Nedd’s favorite phrase was “don’t be redundant!”  When my students think of me in the future, I’m sure that the word “elaborate” will ring through their heads.  This is because I constantly struggled with getting my students to better develop their paragraphs when writing.  Then, my principal introduced me to the MEL-Con writing…
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:35 PM
Explicit instruction is one of the keys to obtaining desired results from my students.  This includes keeping students informed of the amount of time they have to complete a given class assignment.  Historically, as many teachers do, I used a ‘kitchen timer’ when keeping track of the allotted time for class work.  Though it served its purpose, the kitchen timer had a few downfalls.  First, use of this timer required more work on my behalf.  I either had to circulate the…
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:34 PM
“Robert, where is your homework?”  “I couldn’t do it because I didn’t understand it.”  This timeless homework excuse never gets tired.  But as teachers, how can we differentiate between those students who use this line to simply avoid completing their assignments and those who truly misunderstood the content taught?   One way to address this issue is by using Exit Slips.  I was introduced to exit slips through Scholastic’s READ 180 program.  Though I have created…
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:32 PM
I thought being the 4th and all, it would be fitting to turn you onto a George Washington resource.  Appleseeds is produced by the publishers of Cobblestone magazine.  They're both super magazines and worth getting classroom subscriptions to.  And of course you can always order back issues.  Pretty handy, huh?
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:31 PM
So I have a whole project we did around I Spy in class.  I've taken photos of it three times and misplaced those pics, yes you guessed it, three times.  My goal is to find them so you can see them tomorrow.  In the meantime, take a look at these I Spy games.  We did them as a class and the kids loved them.
Posted by oldRobertold on April 09 2009 at 3:30 PM
Of course my computer is under the impression that the I Spy pics I have should remain on the CD along with a never-ending ERROR message.  So let me paint you a picture.    We took our dollhouse and the kids took turns filling it with everything from plastic dinosaurs to strands of ribbon.  Anything we could get our hands on was fair game.  When we were done we took a number of pictures and mounted them on butcher paper.  Next up was writing various…
Posted by oldMargaretold on April 09 2009 at 3:27 PM
This posting is short and sweet so you can spend some time exploring the Library of Congress website.  It is absolutely loaded with resources.  On the off chance you check it out and feel overwhelmed, take a look at the historic images. (Go to Digital Collections.)  The next time you start a new topic or theme, consider printing out an image and voila, you're using primary source materials.  OK, go enjoy.
Posted by oldMargaretold on April 09 2009 at 3:20 PM
If I had a penny for every time one of you guys wrote me asking, "So Margaret, do you have any good sites to help teach about the Ice Age?"  I would be a poor man, but that's beside the point.  You should head on over to Virtual Museum Canada: A Journey to a New Land and click on Primary Level.  You'll find some pretty useful resources like the interactive stickers game.  It can be used as a writing prompt.