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A Class of Six Year Olds Inviting the World into Their Classroom

A Class of Six Year Olds Inviting the World into Their Classroom
What does our heart sound like? This week we got to find out! Kim Cooper Skyped into our classroom today to help the students learn to hear rhymes in text. She read a rhyming book and asked the students to tell her the words on each page that rhymed. It was tricky, but the students got better at hearing the rhymes as the book progressed. Lots of geometry learning has been happening in our classroom lately.

TeamJelleybean: Recycling in Kindergarten Our recycling inquiry continues! Here are the reference posters that I talked about in our last recycling blog. These poster are located on our classroom door and students often re-visit to check and/or confirm where things go when they are eating snack or lunch. Students have been working on using the puppet pals app on iPads to develop a public service message about how to recycle. They have choice of background and characters in their video and are responsible for creating the message.

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out - Getting Smart by Guest Author - “50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on the informED blog. Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Inquiry & Reflection for Better Learning Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a conversation with some smart folks in the maker education community1. We were continuing a conversation we started on Twitter a month or so back. You can watch a recording of yesterday’s piece of the conversation here. You should listen/watch the conversation. I learned a lot […]

Ms Ugolini's Kindergarten Class: Math Hello Families, To reinforce what they have learned about two-dimensional shapes in class, try this activity with your child: Imagine that your backs are drawing boards. Courses I Teach Infographics My Innovation management class has been searching, gathering, and cataloging important terms in their innovation class. It has been exciting to see what new videos, products, ideas, and work experiences the students bring to class each week. We are very lucky to have some inspiring innovators among us. Here are a few concepts and terms we have looked at so far. (Clickable) ~Mia

Focus On Play In Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later On, Study Says BY KATHRYN DOYLE Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:09am EST (Reuters Health) - Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study. The technique, called ‘Tools for the Mind,’ seemed to be particularly effective in high-poverty schools, the authors write. “The active ingredient is children are taking responsibility for their own learning,” said Clancy Blair of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, who led the study. “The key aspect is children planning what they’re going to do and making a plan for it and executing that plan,” Blair said. “They’re practicing all the cognitive skills that are important for learning.”

Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play Have you ever had a parent ask you if her/his child is ready for kindergarten? Have you ever heard a teacher complain about a child who doesn’t have enough academic skills to be in kindergarten? I’ve been wondering a lot about these two questions. Checking online, I found one after the other websites-advising parents about kindergarten readiness. App Packs for Education - Chrome for Work and Education Help As of February, 2015, App Packs for Education are no longer available. Please use Google Play for Education, where you can find Chrome web apps curated for schools students by grade level and subject. Many teachers deploying Chrome and Chrome Devices for Education want to force install or recommend Chrome web apps on their students' devices.

Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog: daily math routines I recently read an article about calendar time for young children. It was first published in the May 2008 issue of Young Child (an NAEYC publication). You can read the article in its entirety here. The article made me think of my own calendar experiences and how maybe it was time to rethink some of the calendar routines that I had used for so many years.