Friday Focus Friday, November 7th, 2014 I thought I would try a twist to the traditional "Sunday News" with the Friday Focus. This will be a staff newsletter that will include updates and educator resources that I've collected over the week.
Headsprout Research based, yet fun and engaging, Headsprout's online software adapts to the needs of each learner. Headsprout offers Headsprout Early Reading for ages 4-7 and Reading Comprehension for ages 7+. Price: $99.95 Takes a non-reader to up a mid-2nd grade reading level in 80 episodes. Target the Problem! Welcome to Target the Problem!, a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties. Overview Target the Problem! in depth
Bloom’s Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version So much have been written about Bloom’s taxonomy; one click in a search engine will flood your page with hundreds of articles all of which revolve around this taxonomy. Only few are those who have tried to customize it to fit in the 21st century educational paradigm. As a fan of Bloom’s pedagogy and being a classroom practitioner, I always look for new ways to improve my learning and teaching, and honestly speaking , if you are a teacher/ educator and still do not understand Bloom’s taxonomy then you are missing out on a great educational resource.
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Pinstamatic, create a Pinterest board Places Add a map to your Pinterest board, and when someone clicks it they will be taken to the location in Google Maps. What a great way to show people where you are or where an event is taking place. This is an example of a HTML caption with a link. Stickies 103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading PantomimeAct out a scene you choose or the class calls out to you while up there.Dramatic monologueCreate a monologue for a character in a scene. What are they thinking/feeling at that moment? Why? The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator
Using the Web to Take Virtual Field Trips By: Kennedy Schultz Helping kids learn about the world can be an exciting adventure for both adults and kids. When I teach about the chateaux of the Loire Valley in France or ancient Mayan sites in Mexico, I’m always looking for kid-friendly resources that can provide accurate information and engaging authentic pictures that hold the attention of little ones. Virtual Field Trips Since my field trip budget is pretty limited, I especially love websites that offer virtual tours and live webcams to show kids what it REALLY looks like in another world location. Many famous museums such as the Louvre offer 360 degree tours of their collections.
Education by Numbers If you like the language of numbers ( I bet qualitative researchers do ) then the infographic below will be of great interest to you. It features some interesting facts about the state of education in the world like the number of students, number of teacher in pre-k to high school...etc. I am sharing with you this infographic first because the data it contains is really amazing and second because this work has been realized by Microsoft Education which is a reliable source .
Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the sublime. 20 Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning 1. Use Social Media One of the best ways to document collaboration and engage students with technology is use social media platforms like Edmodo. Students can use it to share ideas, you as the teacher can use it to formatively assess where students are in terms of products and content knowledge, and it is a great way to have real evidence of collaboration. Bloom’s Taxonomy Bloomin’ Pinwheel Over the past few weeks I have been sharing some of my Boom’s Taxonomy re-imagines. I created these for my classroom so that I could share Bloom’s with my kids in different ways that would make our classroom fun, but also give them a different way of viewing the information. Today I am sharing my Bloomin’ Pinwheel. As I started making my Bloom’s re-imagines, students started coming to me with ideas of how to display the information.