Top 5 Ways to Get to Know Your Students Here are several great ways to build connections with and among your new students! These icebreakers and community-building activities double as assessment opportunities, skill-building lessons, or projects that result in a unique, inspiring classroom decoration. Getting Acquainted: Create a Class Slideshow On the first day of school, I begin by reading Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10. We discuss the fact that teachers are "real people" and have normal lives. Common Core: Seven Opportunities to Transform English Language Arts Curriculum Brenda Overturf is a member of the International Reading Association's Board of Directors. You can reach her at boverturf[AT]reading[DOT]org. This is part two of a three-part series that examines the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Part One introduced CCSS and provided context for those new to the standards. Part Two will review the key features that offer opportunities for educators to transform their teaching. In Part Three, we will take a look at how various states are starting to implement the standards.
New ‘Dyslexie’ font helps dyslexics read better AFP/ Those in a study of the font say it improves reading accuracy. A graphic designer from the Netherlands, Christian Boer, has developed a new font to aid his dyslexia. The font, called Dyslexie, isn’t the first of its kind, but according to Scientific American in an article published Wednesday, “it has received much fanfare from sufferers.”
Learning Disabilities in Children: Symptoms, Types, and Testing What are learning disabilities? Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb. In fact, most are just as smart as everyone else. Their brains are simply wired differently. 2¢ Worth Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world.
Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. Share with Friends 28.1KShares See Mrs. Top Research Paper Websites for Kids Fact Monster, from Pearson Education's Information Please, is an award-winning often-reviewed site for kids. It offers some good tools for doing research on a variety of topics. These tools include an encylopedia, dictionary, thesaurus and almanac. You can find info on the world, the U.S., people, science, math and money. Math, English programs, games, worksheets for grades K-8 - Dositey.com educational site Enjoy a wide range of lessons, practice exercises, step-by-step tutorials, and printable worksheets... Try today: Grades K-2: Phonics, Adding Same Numbers, Beginning Fractions
Some Types of Learning Disabilities Some Types of Learning Disabilities — The First Step is Understanding Some types of learning disabilities can be "treated" through proper testing and training. The key is to identify the specific cognitive weaknesses causing the "disorder" and strengthen those cognitive skills through dynamic, one-on-one training and practice. For the parent, the first step is to understand the types of learning disabilities that may be affecting your child. Some Types of Learning Disabilities — General Processing Issues Some types of learning disabilities are categorized by the cognitive processing problem. nancie atwell « The Reading Zone I have had a lot of questions over the last few days asking about how I run my reading workshop. For some reason, there aren’t a lot of resources out there about using reading workshop in grades 6-8. However, I have read a lot of professional resources, observed in various workshop classrooms, and modified a lot of activities originally for the primary grades. Over the next few weeks I will make it a point to post about different aspects of my reading workshop as I get ready for the new year and plan out my units of study.
10 Ways to Enrich Your Classroom with Primary Sources – Part 1 This is a guest post by Mary J. Johnson, an educational consultant to the Library of Congress. As a teacher, you can saturate your classroom with primary sources from the Library of Congress to promote critical thinking and inquiry. Think of every surface, including computer screens, as potential display spaces for primary sources – photographs, cartoons, music, films, maps, historic newspapers, artifacts, and more. Teaching with the Library of Congress offers timely suggestions. Software Tools : NoodleBib A powerful, integrated platform for research & literacy NoodleTools is your instructional partner for differentiated teaching of literacy skills, critical analysis, sound reasoning, and collaborative group research. Features Integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. Teaching tool Teaches evaluation and analysis; not simply a "machine" that automates the process.
30 Ideas for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Leah Davies, M.Ed. By Leah Davies, M.Ed. The following list may assist teachers who work with ADHD students. For an overview of this disorder see, "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children."