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Top 25 Elementary School Teacher Blogs of 2012

Top 25 Elementary School Teacher Blogs of 2012
Blogs provide a great way for teachers to communicate lesson ideas, classroom management tactics and other helpful tips and tricks with each other. We’ve chosen 25 of the best elementary school teacher blogs from 2012 to highlight how this form of communication can contribute to teaching pedagogy. Ranging from insightful to funny to contemplative, these blogs offer an honest look at what life as an elementary school teacher is really like. Blogs are listed in alphabetical order by title. 1. 4 The Love of Teaching: Great ideas for classroom management are presented on this blog. Learning materials and unique ideas for engaging students are also posted on a regular basis, making this a go-to blog for the busy teacher.Where to begin: Check out Severe Weather Safety, a good example of how this teacher uses hands-on classroom activities to meet learning standards in her state. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

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Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis Few ideas about teachers' professional growth resonate with me more than those of Richard Elmore, professor of educational leadership at Harvard, who has gone as far as to argue that school structures make learning for adults unlikely at best and nothing short of impossible at worst. In a 2002 report for the Albert Shanker Institute, Elmore wrote, As expectations for increased student performance mount and the measurement and publication of evidence about performance becomes part of the public discourse about schools, there are few portals through which new knowledge about teaching and learning can enter schools; few structures or processes in which teachers and administrators can assimilate, adapt, and polish new ideas and practices; and few sources of assistance for those who are struggling to understand the connection between the academic performance of their students and the practices in which they engage. Changing Times, Changing Tools Reading Blogs

Why you Should Create A Blog for Your Class + 5 Platforms to Use In an earlier post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, we argued that setting up a class virtual space in the cloud is an indispensable task for today's teachers. This space can preferably be a website, a blog, or a wiki or, if possible, all of them. The educational benefits of having such a space for students include: Improve students writing skills through posting and commentingHelps students have a voice Promote the notion of independent and personalized learningPromote a spirit of collaboration among studentsEngage parents in the learning taking place in the classroomConnect with students from other schools and exchange with them learning experiences. As for teachers, they can use these class virtual spaces to : Blogger

October 2013 This week is Spirit Week at school, which is one of my favorite weeks! Today was favorite celebrity/decade day. I decided to dress up as a favorite celebrity and my partner teacher dressed up with me. Marilyn's current thinking about math education and her ongoing classroom experiences and learning. Reading may seem like an odd subject for my math blog, but here I describe how my love of reading and math connected (and my confusion as an emerging reader about hearing voices). This post was included in Open a World of Possible, an anthology from more than 100 contributors that you can access as a free e-book. Read more » My friend Ann sent me an email about her unsettling experience at the supermarket deli counter. Ann has never felt particularly confident with her math ability, and I was pleased (and amused) that she asserted herself in this situation.

DIY Rekenreks, Take 2 This post is an update to a post I wrote last year. I have found this version of the DIY rekenrek to be not only easier to make, but also more kid-friendly. Rekenrek translates loosely to calculation rack or arithmetic rack, and it was designed by a Dutch mathematician. The rekenrek is a great visual model for developing a strong sense of 5 and 10, and it supports a strategy-based approach for learning calculations. There are commercial rekenreks available. EdTechTeacher Blog Tom Daccord, Director of EdTechTeacher (MA) Justin Reich Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher (MA) Greg Kulowiec, Instructor & Presenter (MA) Beth Holland, Communications & Instruction (RI) Shawn McCusker, Instructor & Presenter, (IL) Patrick Larkin, Senior Associate & Instructor (MA)

Learning Adventures with Mrs. Gerlach: Motivational Magic! SO we all know as teachers that the first couple of weeks is dedicated to working on routines and procedures... Many positive "motivation" factors are considered in my classroom :) My first graders thrive on these little tricks of the trade! This entire post is dedicated to what I like to call my box of "motivational box" (aka some of the many "tools" on my teacher belt!). 1. My Behavior Clip Chart Sorry for the somewhat blurry picture, but this is my behavior clip chart. The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices.

How To Use Blogs In the Classroom Blogs may be great educational tools and they give students complete freedom to publish content on the web, but if you don’t know how to effectively implement them into the classroom, they’re only as good as wadded up balls of paper in the trash. With the inception of Common Core standards and The No Child Left Behind Act, all educators require teaching literacy across the curriculum. Getting kids to write, especially the weaker writers, can be a challenge in itself but getting kids to write about math can be even more challenging – unless you use blogging as your literacy tactic. Blog writing is informal, unlike academic writing, which may be intimidating to some, if not all, of your students. Blog writing takes the pressure off of writing and gives your students a voice in a safe environment, even if you or your students stepping out of your comfort zone.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning Over two years ago, I wrote “8 Things To Look for in Today’s Classroom”, and more recently, Sylvia Duckworth created the above visual that has been shared numerous times. As I am in the process of going deeper into the topic, someone asked me if this is something that we could do in professional development. As someone who is a big believer in creating experiences for educators where they partake in the types of learning that should happen in the classroom, I thought this suggestion made total sense. To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul. FORUM: Improving education involves everyone NOVEMBER was parent-teacher conference season. My wife and I met with our kids' teachers. We are grateful for their instruction and try to be their allies.

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