Kids Who Spend All Day at School Districts are experimenting with longer classroom hours—and surprisingly, students and teachers seem to love it. woodleywonderworks/Flickr When Nashville Classical kindergarteners are getting off of the bus, their peers across town have been home for hours. An eight-hour school day for kindergarten may sound excessive, but at this public charter school, that’s how long the school day needs to be. “I think it’s important to think about all of the things you want to accomplish in a school day, and then make sure that you have the time to accomplish all of those things,” Charlie Friedman, Nashville Classical’s school director, says. When Friedman built the schedule for his school, he knew he wanted to offer recess, physical education, three hours of literacy, hands-on science, and a foreign language every single day. “Our students are learning Spanish while other kids in the community are walking home from school,” he says. “Teachers are totally on board,” Smith says.
Internet Archive puts classic 70s and 80s games online 27 December 2013Last updated at 09:21 ET Classics like the original Donkey Kong can be found in the archive Classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s have been put online by the Internet Archive and can be played within a web browser for nothing. The collection has launched with games from five early home consoles, including the Atari 2600 and Colecovision. The games do not have sound, but will soon, the Internet Archive said. "In coming months, the playable software collection will expand greatly," archivist Jason Scott wrote. "Making these vintage games available to the world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, enjoyment and memory for the history they are a part of." The other machines included are the Atari 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey (known as the Philips Videopac G7000 in Europe) and the Astrocade. Well-recognised titles such as Pacman, Space Invaders and Frogger are all in the archive - with more consoles and games expected soon. Nostalgic urges
Kidsomania Nancy's Couture: Travel Trash Bag Every time we take a trip whether it's for the day to go shopping or for a week or two on vacation we end up with trashed floor boards. Sometimes to the point that a Coke bottle or empty chip bag falls out as the kids are getting out of the car. Sad...... and rather embarrassing (to me anyway). Cleaning the car is soooooo much easier now! Supplies Needed: InterfacingScissorsVelcroThread Sewing machine To get started grab your fabric and cut: Rectangle of fabric 20" x 15"2 fabric rectangles 2"x 11" (straps)2 pieces of interfacing 2"x 11"1 package of boning Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the strap pieces following manufacturers instructions. Fold straps in half so they are long and narrow. Fold the big rectangle in half right sides together. At the top fold over 1/4" and iron. Fold another 3/4" and iron. Pin the straps to the bag 2 inches in on either side. Sew. Here is what it will look like at this point. Cut a 15" piece of boning. Insert the boning through the hole. Sew the hole shut.
Teaching versus Learning Let's take a walk down memory lane...During my fourth year teaching I remember sitting in a MEAP debriefing meeting with my fellow fifth grade teachers. I sat at the table and we went through the entire item analysis. It was a tedious process that was designed to have us adjust what we were doing in the classroom. Truthfully, we could not have been more wrong. First, the old school approach: I must cover everything! This week's big idea is focusing on student learning. First, I hope you watched Becky DeFour, if you didn't please check it out. Second, are you a lone ranger or a team player? Third, let's state the obvious: EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED! - 80% or more of your students must learn through Tier 1 General Ed. - Our intervention groups must only be focused on ESSENTIAL STANDARDS, with no more than five students per class. - Review the data and be a reflective PLC team player. This Week's Big Question: Do you believe we are a Professional Learning Community? Panthers Podcast:
Russian Ark Russian Ark (Russian: Русский ковчег, Russkij Kovcheg) is a 2002 historical drama film directed by Alexander Sokurov. It was filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot. The film was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. An unnamed narrator wanders through the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. The narrator implies that he died in some horrible accident and is a ghost drifting through the palace. In each room, he encounters various real and fictional people from various periods in the city's 300-year history. Plot A grand ball follows, featuring music by Mikhail Glinka, with many of the participants in spectacular period costume, and a full orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, then a long final exit with a crowd down the grand staircase. Cast Production The film displays 33 rooms of the museum, which are filled with a cast of over 2,000 actors and 3 orchestras. Postproduction
10 trucs pour se faire écouter de nos enfants | Hélène Fagnan Pas toujours facile de se faire écouter par nos enfants! Que faut-il dire? Comment faut-il le dire? Voici dix petits trucs simples qui vous aideront dans cette tâche pas toujours facile qu’est l’éducation de vos enfants. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Nous vous invitons à vous questionner sur vos attentes et à déterminer quelles sont les règles de la maison, dans votre famille. Chronique radio au Début de l’article Laissez un commentaire commentaires
Nancy's Couture: Linen & Lace Fingerless Gloves I am not a fan of cold weather and I definitely don't like snow. Luckily one of the perks to living in the south is we very seldom see any snow. I also don't like to wear sweaters because I get too hot and they make me itchy. I own mostly short sleeve shirts so in the winter I get a little chilly sometimes. To keep warm I wear cardigans because I can take them on and off throughout the day as needed.Sometimes though I just don't want to mess with them all day long. I thought fingerless gloves would be a good solution. And I was right! Oh how I love these! They are my new favorite project. I love everything about them......the colors, the crochet trim, and especially the flowers. I made these last week and have already worn them three times. Both times I received tons of compliments. That's when I knew they were really great! It all started when this shirt got little holes in the bottom close to the hem. I knew right away what I was going to do with part of this shirt! Not easy!