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I have a few core educational values close to my heart. One is to treat each child as if they were my own, and another is to teach using stories. I'd like to combine each of these philosophies in this post to share a story on leadership lessons I learned from my own children.
My wife and I have raised our children…
What makes a teacher successful?
Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge into another person is what makes an excellent instructor stand out. What good is it if a teacher has all the facts, but cannot communicate them in a way that others can comprehend?
Aside from comprehending the curriculum content, teachers should have a basic understanding of how people acquire and absorb…Continue
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I am a big watch guy-I love watches! Last weekend I bought a new watch that was a little bigger and shinier than I usually buy. Let's put it this way, my kids starting calling me Flava Flav.…
Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments
A major concern of mine moving out of the class room and into administration was the inability to positively connect with kids on a daily basis. As a new Principal, my realization is that I now have the…Continue
Added by Bill Burkhead on September 29, 2012 at 7:28pm — No Comments
I just began research for an article, which will tie together technology use, 21st century global classrooms and interdisciplinary studies. While media are endless, ways in which teachers can use them often are not. My aim is to shed some light on the how global projects can be used across content areas to engage students in authentic and meaningful learning experiences.
An additional component of global classrooms that will need addressed is the resistance of teachers to rise…Continue
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Great teachers are invaluable, yet too often their tireless work goes unnoticed or worse, unappreciated. While teacher appreciation week is in May, why wait to recognize the incredible work of our educators? These individuals dedicate their lives to developing the next generation. They come in early to…Continue
Added by Rebecca Howard on September 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
My website has resources for K-12. They are listed by subject and grade level.
Added by Elaine Habernig on May 30, 2012 at 1:44pm — No Comments
If you want to entertain gifted students for, literally, hours, try the following two sites.
Wordle.net can be used in so many ways. My students type vocabulary word lists, write poems, and create character trait posters.
Piclits.com is absolutely AWESOME. It is a wonderful site for reluctant writers. My students amazed me with the poetry they created on…Continue
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One of the great things about word processors is the ability to manipulate documents in any way you see fit. Whichever program you use, you should be aware of the importance of blank space. Emptiness is not the same thing as "nothing". If you're purposeful about the way you use emptiness, it will work to promote learning in…Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on March 28, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments
Thursday was International Women’s Day! A time to honor Women Around the World!
Annually on March 8th, thousands of events are held throughout the world to bring to the forefront what women have accomplished in all the diverse fields and passions and celebrate those achievements. The web was rich with information about Global and local activities that will connect women from all around the…Continue
Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on March 10, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments
We're in the communications business. We need to get our lesson across to kids, let our administrators know how well we're doing in the classroom and help parents understand how to help their child succeed in academia. As in all other communication fields, there are 4 primary ways we get information across. Each of these is important and each can be improved by technology.…
Added by Benjamin Darr on February 28, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments
As teachers we are charged with increasing the amount of knowledge in the world. We work with our students whatever their age to help them gain skills and information. Most of us, though (myself included) are in the business of spreading information rather than generating new knowledge. Now, what if you knew you could aid researchers by playing online games? What if, just by goofing around on the internet, you could add to the knowledge pool in addition to passing it on to students? Well,…Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on February 23, 2012 at 10:27pm — No Comments
Can you imagine every student at your school or in your organization improving raeding reading skills? The Launchpad Company is starting a nationwide campaign to make a difference in how students enjoy reading. The company helps students by providing reading level using Lexile scores. A Lexile score is a measure of a student’s reading ability. The student gets to select two books that get them excited about reading each month. Right know too many students are getting books that are not…Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on February 18, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments
Has the growth and technology decreased reading scores? Are students reading less? This is a big topic of discussion in many education circles. Everyday students are on computers, Ipads, Kindles and other devices. Students are getting information much faster and they are very enticed by three dimensional images. In spite of all of this technology it is still important to read. Learning to read feeds students brains and it challenges them to grow intellectually and emotionally. Students…Continue
Added by Dr. Stephen Jones on February 11, 2012 at 6:05pm — No Comments
Reading and writing used to be much simpler. We would get some sort of sharp stick (a pen or pencil) and scratch at paper until the marks we made could be interpreted by someone else. Well, our writing has evolved somewhat and along with it, so has our reading. Nowhere is this change more evident than in the home of reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic... academia.
Lets start by looking at our writing tools. Lets start off with PDF's. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, PDF's are…Continue
Added by Benjamin Darr on February 10, 2012 at 9:58pm — No Comments