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Cressida Cowell's Free Writing Friday Cressida Cowell invites you to take part in Free Writing Friday. Cressida’s aim with Free Writing Friday is to inspire children, once a week, to write whatever they feel like in a designated book and explore creativity. Here you will find all the resources to support Free Writing Friday including writing tips from Cressida, a letter, FAQs and more! A letter from Cressida Cowell Hi, My name is Cressida Cowell, and I’m the author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon, and The Wizards of Once series, as well as the Emily Brown picture book series. KinderLab Robotics What is KIBO? KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. With KIBO, children build, program, decorate and bring their own robot to life!

Computational Thinking - CSTA The purpose of the CSTA Computational Thinking Task Force is to inform and advise CSTA about current developments in computational thinking (CT) and to explore and disseminate teaching and learning resources related to CT. The Task Force will recommend possible projects and directions, and keep the CSTA Board apprised of new developments and initiatives, possible projects for CSTA. Task Force Members: Irene Lee, Chair (Santa Fe Institute, Project GUTS) Fred Martin, Co-Chair (University of Massachusetts Lowell) J.

Don’t Bloody Bore Them: A guide to picking books for your class – Bog Standard Teacher In a bog standard town there was a bog standard street and in the bog standard street there was a bog standard house. Inside the house lived a bog standard teacher who needed some bog standard bread. Off he went to the bog standard shops and met another teacher. As is the standard life for a teacher in the holidays (yes, it is the best part of teaching and those who say otherwise are fibbing), I bumped into a fellow teacher. My heart swelled when I cast my eyes over his trolley which was basically alcoholic beverages and some crisps.

Pre-K Computer Programming Written by Primo Toys’ CEO and Co-founder Filippo Yacob, originally posted on EdSurge. It sounds like a paradox. How can you teach computer programming without a screen? #BestBookOpenings-downloadable – Being Brave! a first time headteachers blog. Last week inspired by @mazst who had enthused about The Nowhere Emporium and how great the start was. I posted my favourite book opening along with the hashtag #bestbookopening. It was fab that so many shared their favourite opening and really lit up quite a dull Tuesday. (It was raining and cold where I live). There are now a load more books I want to go and explore.

Cool Tools to Help Kids Learn to Code When your kid starts talking about loops, go-to commands, and branches, it probably means she's learning to code, and that's a very good thing. In a technology-fueled world, coding is quickly becoming a prized, 21st-century skill. Plus, it encourages kids to become creators, not just consumers, of the technology they use. Coding apps come in a range of formats designed for different ages and abilities. They often incorporate bright colors, cute characters, and elements of game design to appeal to kids. Computational Thinking Lesson Overview For this activity, no instructions are provided. Instead, students will use examples of what imaginary players have done to figure out how to play the game. This lesson gives students the opportunity to practice the four arts of computational thinking (decomposition, pattern matching, abstraction, and algorithms) in one cohesive activity. Lesson Objectives Students will:

Choosing and using Picture Books, Teaching Approaches With an increasing wealth of picturebooks in production and being published, it is important that teachers across the age ranges have a good knowledge of the range of appropriate authors, illustrators and books available and understand how best to use these with children. As Dr Sue Horner and Janet White noted in the Power of Pictures Evaluation, "Picture books should be part of reading for pleasure by all ages of children." Lingering over pictures early in the text invites prediction about plot, character, theme and structure, and these possibilities can soon be modified and re-assessed as the reading continues. When discussing pictures, children can point to evidence for their ideas and interpretations.

Computational Thinking - Barefoot Computing Barefoot Computing What is computational thinking? Computational thinking is about looking at a problem in a way that a computer can help us to solve it. This is a two-step process: 1. First, we think about the steps needed to solve a problem. 2. Story: The sheep and the goat – Talk for Writing Project Description © Pie Corbett 2018: This resource may be used in your classroom but should not be posted elsewhere on the internet or used for commercial gain. Once upon a time,there was a sheep and a goatwho lived on the side of a hill. In the winter, it was too chilly.In the summer, it was too hot. So, one day the sheep said,“Let us go and build a housein the deep, dark forest.” So, they walked and they walked and they walkeduntil they met a hare.

Computational Thinking for Educators - - Unit 1 - Introducing Computational Thinking Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including the humanities, math, and science. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between academic subjects, as well as between life inside and outside of the classroom.

Dyslexia: 10 Classroom Indicators - Nessy US Signs of dyslexia usually become more obvious when children start school and begin to focus on reading and writing. Here are ten of the most common warning signs! This is the ability to recognise individual sounds (phonemes) and work with them to create new words. Spelling words as they sound e.g. wont instead of want Mixing up the sequence of letters