YouthLearn Regardless of what topic you're teaching or the age of the kids you're working with, you'll want to make certain teaching techniques a standard part of your routine. By internalizing these fundamentals until you don't even have to think about them, you'll become a better coach, leader and teacher. Perhaps most important is that you understand and master sound modeling techniques. Kids learn much more by watching you than from anything you say. Evolution of a Mama Tantrum – and How to STOP One My five year old is sitting by me making mouth noises when I lose it. “squish, bleerp, swishhhh, squish.” “OK STOP! ENOUGH with the mouth noises!! GET OUT of here!!! Free Illustrated Story Starters from the Young Writers Workshop for October, 2014:Eli B. St. Louis, MNDonna M. Tangerang, Banten, IndonesiaLeticia S. Irvington, NJNoah P.
Scholastic Writing Competition 7-12 The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have celebrated 80 years as a unique presence in our nation's classrooms by identifying and documenting the outstanding achievements of young artists and writers in the visual and literary arts. Push Writing Contests Various writing contests for students in grades 7–12. Due Date: Many contests available throughout the year. A Nice Classroom Poster Featuring The 21st Century Mobile Social Learning I just came across this awesome poster in a tweet by iPadWells and wanted you to have a look as well and probably use it in your class. The content of this poster is more food for thought than a descriptive account of the concept of the 21st century mobile social learning, or at least that is how I see it. Below is a brief analysis of what I believe are s the three main digital practices or themes highlighted in this poster: 1- Flipped Learning In flipped learning model, teachers create video content and animated illustrations and share them with students through some video hosting platforms like for instance YouTube, Vimeo, class blog or wiki..etc. Flipped learning allows students to learn at their own pace and also supports individualized learning. Check this page for more on Flipped learning.
Live and Learn Are you paid what you’re worth? Let’s see . . . you’ll probably compare the salary and benefits that you receive with the value that you provide to your organization. Right? Did you ever consider how much you learn every day? Huh? Reflective Writing Guide A great deal of your time at university will be spent thinking; thinking about what people have said, what you have read, what you yourself are thinking and how your thinking has changed. It is generally believed that the thinking process involves two aspects: reflective thinking and critical thinking. They are not separate processes; rather, they are closely connected (Brookfield 1987). Figure 1: The Thinking Process (adapted from Mezirow 1990, Schon 1987, Brookfield 1987) Reflection is:
Free brain breaks for your classroom - GoNoodle “This is such a fun, interactive way to get the kids moving... best of all it can take as little time as you need! Thank you for all you do!” -Jennifer P., 4th grade teacher “GoNoodle is easy to set up and most importantly, fun for the kids! PBS Kids Writers Contest The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS (the “Contest” or “Promotion”). The Contest begins on or about January 1, 2014 and ends with the announcement of national winners on or about July 1, 2014. Contact your local PBS station for exact local Contest dates. These contest rules are subject to modification by PBS. This promotion is void where prohibited. Sponsored by Public Broadcasting Service (“Sponsor” or “PBS”) located at 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202.
Two Useful iPad Apps to Create Classroom Posters April 5, 2014 In today's post I am sharing with you two awesome iPad apps to use with your kids and students to create posters.The process is very easy and kids will definitely enjoy them. The apps provide a wide variety of pre-made styles and templates to choose from and any poster created via these apps can be shared through social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, emailed, or printed in different formats. Have a look and share with your colleagues 1- Phoster This is a user-friendly application to create stylish posters. 5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners The humble question is an indispensable tool: the spade that helps us dig for truth, or the flashlight that illuminates surrounding darkness. Questioning helps us learn, explore the unknown, and adapt to change. That makes it a most precious “app” today, in a world where everything is changing and so much is unknown.
Professional Standards The National Professional Standards for teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality in Australia. More information about these standards can be viewed at the National Professional Standards for Teachers. There are seven standards which outline what teachers should know and be able to do. Below I have connected these standards to my own professional knowledge, practice and engagement in teaching. Professional Knowledge, 1.
Teaching Challenges: Jolly Postman One of the teachers I work with, Bec, put together a great unit of work around the book "The Jolly Postman" by Alan and Janet Ahlberg. Students made story maps of the journey that the Jolly Postman went on as he delivered his mail, and learnt how to write a letter and address an envelope. Bec also made up a simple A5 letter template for students to use to write letters to one another. We made up red post boxes (as our postboxes are red in Australia) and encouraged students to start writing. Letters About Literature Letters About Literature 2014 Contest Rules and Guidelines Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.