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Classroom Management. ESOL Courses - Free English Lessons Online. Excellent Back to School Resources for Teachers. Teacher's Corner - Elementary School Classroom Activities. Goal To show children that despite outside differences, people are often similar on the inside.

Teacher's Corner - Elementary School Classroom Activities

Activity Gather a group of young children and give one lemon to each child. Then ask the children to "get to know your lemon. " Children will examine their lemons -- smell them, touch them, throw them in the air, and roll them around. Next, ask the children to describe how they recognized their lemons. After exploring these ideas, collect the lemons again but this time peel the lemons before placing them in the basket.

This 15-minute activity can have a long-lasting effect, especially if children are reminded of the lesson in times of conflict. Variations The lesson also works well with apples or potatoes. Source. These 3 Things I Know are True: Buzzword: Relationships. Buzzwords: Those key phrases or concepts that trend in and out of education.

These 3 Things I Know are True: Buzzword: Relationships

It's the "here today" and perhaps, "gone tomorrow" nature of our profession and likely other professions, too, that dictate our conversation and our efforts in the classroom. Yet, one buzzword that's experienced a huge renaissance, not because it ever went away, but because of its relevance and importance to the changing landscape of education is relationships. Strangely, I think our technology craze is actually driving relationships back to the forefront of the "buzzwords you need to pay attention to" list. As our own Director of Technology Bryan Weinert says: The best "device" has always been and will always be the teacher #iledchat.

What teachers want you to know. Don’t you wish you had a crystal ball that told you what your child’s teacher felt was important for you to know?

What teachers want you to know

I sure do. In more than 13 years as a teacher, administrator, parent and coach working with thousands of students in New Jersey, I have dealt with almost every teacher/parent/student issue imaginable — and even I am still learning about what parents need and want from teachers. As the new school year starts, I’d like to share what I have discovered and share wisdom from some of the most innovative educators across the country.

October 5 - World Teachers' Day.


PLN & PD. Inspirational. Chris Cummings: Why English Is No Longer Enough. As the number of Hispanics in the U.S. climbs -- now having surpassed the 50 million mark -- the economy is undergoing seismic shifts. Gone are the days when English-only companies could employ an English-only workforce and reach an English-only consumer base. In today's economy, savvy companies are going bilingual to attract a broader workforce, reach more consumers, and achieve greater growth potential. You may not realize it, but the United States is fast becoming a bilingual nation. Today, more than 37 million people speak Spanish at home.

This is what a magazine for grammarians would look like. English Grammar Exercises - Online English Language Lessons for ESL students and young learners. These quizzes and exercises about English grammar and parts of speech are listed by topic. Browse the menu above to view grammar lessons for beginners and elementary English students. If you don't find what you are looking for here, check out our other site menus for more lessons, quizzes, games and other fun activities for English language students and young learners.

Adjectives Articles. Read to Feed Helps Kids Learn to Love Reading. As parents and schools gear up for the school year, Heifer International wants you to know about its special reading incentive program for grade-school kids.

Read to Feed Helps Kids Learn to Love Reading

Read to Feed helps teachers impart an ethic of global giving to kids while also fostering their reading skills. With Read to Feed, kids get so excited about giving animals to help children in poverty, they may not even realize they're also helping themselves by reading more. Just like adults, kids are more enthusiastic about their efforts when they know they’re making a difference to others.

In Read to Feed, children (individually or as a group) get sponsors for each book they read during a certain time period. At the end of the program, the group pools its funds and decides which animals to donate through Heifer International, to help other families reach self-reliance. The program even has a snazzy new online resource center that makes it easy for teachers to learn about the program and get their materials.

The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses. It’s not uncommon to hear that our schools need to be run more like businesses.

The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses

That argument holds a lot of appeal to some people (including, but not limited to, people who might make a profit out of it). I thought I’d bring together a few resources that provide a counterpoint to those beliefs. I’m starting off with a short list, and hope that readers will provide additional suggestions in the comments section of this post.

Bridging Our Future, envisioned by Intel. You Are Invited to 4 Free Education Technology Webinars! Posted by Shelly Terrell on Monday, July 23rd 2012.

You Are Invited to 4 Free Education Technology Webinars!

Flipped Classroom: FREE WEBINAR from Powerful Learning Practice. The Flipped Classroom In its simplest terms, the flipped classroom is about viewing and/or listening to lectures at home which frees up face-to-face class time for experiential exercises, group discussion, and question and answer sessions.

Flipped Classroom: FREE WEBINAR from Powerful Learning Practice

Two noteworthy problems exist when thinking about using the flipped classroom. a. If video lectures drive the instruction, it is just a repackaging of a more traditional model of didactic learning. It is not a new paradigm nor pedagogy of learning. Join Dr. B. Join Dr. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 16th at 2pm Eastern (NYC) time. Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms. I really enjoyed Mary Beth Hertz's excellent blog published earlier this week, "The Flipped Classroom: Pro and Con" -- one of the most concise and balanced views I've read on the buzz-wordy concept of flipping the classroom.

Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms

Advocates say that "flipped classrooms" help overburdened teachers differentiate their instruction to reach more learners, provide an avenue into more hands-on and student-driven learning during classtime, and shift the teacher's role from "sage on the stage" to learning coach and facilitator. Critics say it's just a fad, relies too heavily on rote instruction, and doesn't go far enough in making the needed changes for teaching and learning reform.

Stephen Covey: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life. Remembering Steven R. Covey with Timeless Insights from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens. 21st Century Literacy | In Print Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a "good citizen" changed over the ages?

By John K. Fair use guidelines for educational multimedia. Fair use guidelines for educational multimedia These guidelines were developed during the CONFU process. For a full explanation of their status, see Confu: The conference on fair use. 1. Introduction 2. YouTube Launches Digital Citizenship Curriculum for Teachers. Raising Your Child to Be Generous.

Enjoy a great parenting guest post on raising your child to be generous, from the childcare experts at Kiddie Academy.

Raising Your Child to Be Generous

They’ve been a leader in educational childcare for more than 30 years and have some great insights to share. July: The Ultimate Planning Period. July is traditionally considered leisure time for educators and the educated -- teachers and students alike. Developing_clear_learning_outcomes_and_objectives.pdf. The Differentiator. Try Respondo!

The Differentiator

→ ← Back to The Differentiator. 7 Ways to Make Teaching Life Easier. Search for classroom rules teaching resources. 4 New Technology Tools for Measuring Learning Outcomes. Educators at colleges and universities use many tools to assess their students’ grasp of academic subjects, including traditional paper-and-pencil quizzes and tests taken in the classroom. Now a number of computer software and Web-based programs have been added to teachers’ tool kits for evaluating learning outcomes, whether their classes are conducted in person or online. These programs all offer reporting and analytics tools to help educators gauge the status and level of students’ comprehension. Maizie's Classes. The Global Classroom Project: Building Commmunity. We’re always interested in programs that help teachers and their students connect with each other.

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