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April 2010 Blog Posts (25)

Teach Kids not Subjects

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 30, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

imovie...do you movie????

This week through my technology class we worked on making movies with web-based programs and the movie programs with Windows and Macs. I made my first movie using a Mac...it was an experience.



First of all I am a PC User...always have been...therefore I have only recently grown more accustomed to Macs (not sure if I will ever reach the fully accustomed area). After reading the directions and watching a demo...how hard could it be?? Well truthfully, it is not that difficult if you know… Continue

Added by Kristina Bieschke-Baker on April 29, 2010 at 10:46am — 2 Comments

What is my Masters in Education Worth?

Well, being a member of NEA, I of course get countless e-mails about news going on in the education world in America. This morning one article in particular caught my eye, "SC creating Adjunct teaching certification." I read the short summary and decided to browse through the article.



In general, the state of SC State Board of Education has approved a new adjunct teaching certificate that would allow anyone to work as part-time teachers until completely certified. This certificate… Continue

Added by Kristina Bieschke-Baker on April 29, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

Now tell me students don't care...

As I have been pushing through these last couple week of my semester here at UT I have had assignment on top of assignment for my education classes due. Of course, the stress of classes combined with all the little stresses of life through these last weeks leads one to sometimes question what am I doing all this work for?? Will it really make a difference, or am I just cranking out one assignment after another just to mark that off on my planner? After reading this article about happenings in… Continue

Added by Kristina Bieschke-Baker on April 29, 2010 at 10:44am — No Comments

Forgetting my own words...

I have an issue regarding my sources - since I am doing my PhD I have a desktop full of papers and documents, videos and slide-shows and audio lectures to name a few. In the "old" days one used a file system on paper cards with names of references. Now i have a big-old folder on my desktop called references and in it over a 100 folders with different names on them - see I now where the references are, it is finding the relevant one when I need them.



When I find a reference (any media… Continue

Added by Gudmundur Bogason on April 28, 2010 at 3:39am — No Comments

Art Contest for Students with Special Needs THIS WEEK

MangoMon is celebrating the launch of their newly redesigned website with an art contest! If you know students who love to draw, this is the contest for them! Expressing ideas through art is a great way to enhance creativity. That's why we want to see how creative your students can be! Submit any artwork from your students for a chance for them to win some great prizes.



The contest is free to…

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 26, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

5 Tools for Developing your PLN

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Added by Damianne President on April 26, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Adapting the Four Blocks Literacy Model to the 52 Minute Class Period

This year, I formatted my language arts class based on a modified Four Blocks Literacy Model in attempts to create a balanced literacy program that meets the diverse needs of all my students. Although the true four blocks model takes place in a single block class session, I am forced to teach my blocks throughout the week within 52 minute class periods. In a typical week… Continue

Added by Shelley Reichert on April 23, 2010 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Seat Pockets

Okay, you might think that seat covers are just for primary classrooms, but I have found them to be of great use for my 8th graders. With the help of my mother-in-law's superb sewing skills, I created seat pockets for each student desk in my classroom. I have five rows with five student desks in each row labeled with a number and a letter A1-A5, B1-B5, C1-C5, D1-D5, and E1-E5. I…

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Added by Shelley Reichert on April 23, 2010 at 10:37am — No Comments

Student Feedback: Creating a "Parking" Lot in My Classroom

Wishing to get more feedback from my students, I created an area on a wall in my classroom I call the "Parking Lot." It's a place where students can "park" their ideas, concerns, or questions about my language arts class. Here are some of the student responses from my 8th graders currently in the lot:

  • Can we arrange…
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Added by Shelley Reichert on April 23, 2010 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Few Teachers Enter the Profession for Money


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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 21, 2010 at 9:37am — No Comments

#edchat Recap: 3 Ways to Reward Successful and Innovative Teachers

Merit Pay Gone Wrong

This week's #edchat, "How should successful & innovative teaching and teachers be rewarded?" was incredibly appropriate in light of Florida's controversial Senate Bill 6 this week that faced strong opposition and even…

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 15, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kids Are Authors Contest by Scholastic

Authentic Practice with the Writing Process

Scholastic's Kids are Authors Contest is an annual contest for grades K-8 designed to motivate young authors to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create and publish their own books. Students are encouraged to work in teams of three or more to write and illustrate their own fiction or…

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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Online Assignments are Naturally Dynamic - eLearningToday.TV




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Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 13, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Managing Complex Change

If educators plan to transform their schools into institutions that
promote 21st century learning skills, systemic change must occur. This
sort of change will require not only significant resources, but the
type of transformation we are looking for will require highly effective
leadership– leadership that fosters meaningful change. MORE...

Added by Shawn Roner on April 12, 2010 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Technology is Changing the Way We Teach | Cyndi Danner-Kuhn



Last week's Blogger of the Week, Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, took some time out of teaching and blogging to reflect on her love of learning and technology tools in an interview. To learn more about Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's blog Technology Bits, Bytes, and Nibbles: News, Tips, Tricks & Resources… Continue

Added by Amanda Kenuam on April 12, 2010 at 10:59am — No Comments

Full Circle of Integration

Integration, "is an act or instance of combining into an integral whole, " by the definition provided by dictionary.com. However, what does integration mean to education today? After a conversation I had with a friend last week in my opinion, integration has come full circle in the world of education...



Last week as I sat having dinner and conversing with a friend she began to ask about how I was coming along in my Teacher Ed. program here at the university, (by the way my friend is… Continue

Added by Kristina Bieschke-Baker on April 12, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

Participation in PLN Survey

Please complete my PLN survey here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHB4aTEtRmlFQld4UEduQ0Nfa0t4MHc6MA

Added by Damianne President on April 12, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

My Dissertation Research

Here's my latest tweet. I hope you can help!!

http://bit.ly/baVYhW - Work in higher education? Please help with my dissertation research. Survey takes about 15 minutes. THX! RT PLZ!

Added by Larry Davies on April 11, 2010 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Didactología

I love this article and I suggest reading this blog!!

http://didactologica.blogspot.com/

Added by Patricia Chujman on April 10, 2010 at 11:08am — No Comments

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Literacy in Special Schools

I'm a teacher in a special school in Australia and we use the 4 Blocks Framework. I was wondering if anyone else uses this literacy framework? What other frameworks do schools use for literacy?See More
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