I love this past week's #edchat. It was all on teacher morale. After batting around who's responsibility it is to keep morale up, I think we all left the conversation realizing that we are responsible for our own morale. The best ways to keep your morale up is to help a fellow teacher and focus on the students. After all, how can you feel bad when you are helping someone else -- whether it is a child or colleague?
As teachers, we set the tone of our classroom.… Continue
Added by Irene Farmer on March 3, 2010 at 7:52am —
It seems like we all seem to know teachers in out building that is dealing with low morale. Well, it's time to stop talking about it and make a move. Join the Low Morale fighting Force. We might even get T-Shirts! If we are not going to help these teachers, who is going to?
I challenge all of you to find that teacher and tell them how great they are and offer your ear for a few minutes and let them know they are not alone. We need to… Continue
Added by Nicholas Provenzano on March 2, 2010 at 9:30pm —
Without a college education, it becomes increasingly harder to break out or stay out of poverty. This does not surprise most people I have talked to. What does surprise them is the reality of how few young people (in the US) who start college, actually graduate within 1.5 times the stated length of those programs.
For two year colleges, 80% of young people starting a two year program won’t graduate within three years, if at all. For four year… Continue
Added by Terry Eberhart on February 28, 2010 at 12:54pm —
It has been a very interesting year for me. Our school underwent some enormous changes with the implementation of RtI (Response to Intervention). For those who are not familiar with RtI, children are assessed in their language arts skills and then are grouped according to their ability. These children then switch classrooms for instruction.
My first reaction to such a change was, "NO! Not in first grade! These kids need consistency! Heterogeneous grouping is gone! How are… Continue
Added by Irene Farmer on February 28, 2010 at 10:47am —
Added by Paul Simbeck-Hampson on February 27, 2010 at 11:39am —
We have made good use of technology to engage parents in their children's learning. Below are two key developments that are proving successful.
The school has two blogs. One was set up several years ago with the support of the SSAT and the other last year by one of our ICT Leaders
(@mr_jim). The first blog enabled the whole school community to get
involved in the life of the school, it took communication to new levels
and conversation beyond the…
Added by Michael Shepherd on February 26, 2010 at 7:36pm —
I will not be posting blogs here. If you wish to visit my blog, and I hope you do, please go to http://flemingamberedm310.blogspot.com
. Leave some feedback! I'd love to hear from you.
Added by Amber Fleming on February 25, 2010 at 5:09pm —
DreamBox Learning creates engaging kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade math games, and they're looking for students to test the beta version of the new DreamBox 3rd grade math game coming out this spring!
This sounds like a fun… Continue
Added by Tracy on February 25, 2010 at 3:15pm —
For the first time in their application process, Tufts University is allowing applicants to submit short YouTube videos to go along with their applications.
Here is the article
from the New York Times.
Added by Kurt Schollin on February 25, 2010 at 12:10pm —
Added by Irene Farmer on February 25, 2010 at 8:07am —
"Thanks for the fun activities"
These were the words I heard from a first grade student of mine who comes to me for help in reading. Those words made my day, my week, my year thus far!
Our school district switched to an RTI model of instruction this year and I have the Tier II students who are assessed as the emergent readers needing the most help in reading/writing. After 13 years of teaching a multi-level classroom of first graders, this model… Continue
Added by Irene Farmer on February 24, 2010 at 8:36pm —
Discovery has launched a brand new Web 2.0 portal
full of teacher tools featuring: Internet Safety, Media Literacy, Web 2.0 Tools, Tech Tips, and more.
Added by Kurt Schollin on February 24, 2010 at 12:08pm —
Build your own interactive resources, perfect for IWBs with Magic Studio
With this free tool, teachers can easily create their own interactive maps, drag and drop activities, timelines, presentations, quizzes, and more. There is also the option to search material that has already been created and stored on the site library. …
Added by Kurt Schollin on February 24, 2010 at 11:43am —
Added by Irene Farmer on February 21, 2010 at 2:50pm —
The world that we live in is changing every day. With the passing of
each day the United States is becoming more diverse. Black History
month presents educators with an opportunity to share the
accomplishments of the Black community. Did you know that there are
African Americans who are making history every day? Inviting people
from your city or local community to speak with your class can be a
great way to enlighten students about their accomplishments.… Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on February 19, 2010 at 11:21am —
Added by Paulino Brener on February 19, 2010 at 1:58am —
Should effort be a part of a student's grade?
Earlier this week I attempted to answer this question with a brief response. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that such a big question was deserving of a big response, so here's my long answer.
I think effort is important, REALLY important. The reason that I had such a hard time answering this question is that I really, REALLY think grades are overrated. A good grade might get a child free tokens at the pizza… Continue
Added by Karren Colbert on February 17, 2010 at 10:20am —
I just participated in a conversation in Elluminate with Alfie Kohn. This was organised by Steven Anderson of The Educator's PLN.
This was an exciting talk with over 100 people in attendance, including
a classroom or 7th graders in their computer class.
During the talk,… Continue
Added by mrsdurff on February 15, 2010 at 2:56pm —
Added by Michael Shepherd on February 13, 2010 at 6:37pm —
Dan Brown, (Blog, Twitter) teacher and author of “The Great Expectations School,” effectively took on the wrong-headed notion that the best way to…
Added by Greg Thompson on February 12, 2010 at 7:01pm —