DIY TV Win the chance to get your animation shown on Cartoon Network! This contest is for folks 17 and under. More info: This is the most exciting contest in the history of DIY! We’ve teamed up with Cartoon Network to bring you the official Adventure Time Animation Contest. To Enter: -Create an EXACT :20 second animation (no more or less!) -Post your animation on DIY.org with the hashtag #AnimationTime in the title of the project so that we can see it! -Use any animation technique you like to tell your story—stop-motion, claymation, 2D or 3D computer animation, anything! The deadline to enter is November 15th at 11:59 PM PDT. The winning entry and two runners-up will be announced on DIY.org at 12 PM PDT on Tuesday, November 17th.
Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students What’s the opposite of scaffolding a lesson? Saying to students, “Read this nine-page science article, write a detailed essay on the topic it explores, and turn it in by Wednesday.” Yikes—no safety net, no parachute, no scaffolding—they’re just left blowing in the wind. Let’s start by agreeing that scaffolding a lesson and differentiating instruction are two different things. Simply put, scaffolding is what you do first with kids—for those students who are still struggling, you may need to differentiate by modifying an assignment and/or making accommodations (for example, by choosing more accessible text and/or assigning an alternative project). Scaffolding and differentiation do have something in common, though. So let’s get to some scaffolding strategies you may or may not have tried yet. 1. How many of us say that we learn best by seeing something rather than hearing about it? 2. 3. All learners need time to process new ideas and information. 4. 5. 6. Trying Something New
LitTunes Lesson Plans / Soundtrack of Your Life An Activity to Inspire Reflective Writing and Personal Narrative Type of Activity: Individual. Approximate time: Four 50-minute class periods. Objective: Students will write reflectively and personally. Materials: The Soundtrack of Your Life assignment sheet includes blanks for songs and artists and an explanation of each required paragraph. Setup: Play music as the students are entering the classroom. Procedure: Day One: Distribute a copy of the lyrics and play Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." Day Two: Have the students collect the titles of at least eight meaningful songs that correspond to the events they selected on Day One. Day Three: Now that the students have created an "imaginary soundtrack" to their lives, have them write a reflective letter that explains why each event and song is included. Day Four: (Wait several days after Day Three for this part of the lesson.) Bon Jovi lyrics: CLICK the musical note below for a printer friendly version of the lyrics to "It's My Life."
Watermark Tee by Sweet Verbana Hello U-Create readers! I am so excited to be guest posting here today. It just so happens to be my first guest post and I'm still a little shocked that it's here at Ucreate, one of my favorite blogs! A little bit about me.. I'm from a little town called Keller, Texas. I'm a junior at Texas A&M University (whoop!). I'm working on my education degree and expect to be an elementary school teacher in just two short years. When I'm not busy studying for classes, I love to sew. I just started blogging in May and have already met all kinds of wonderful women, I hope you'll stop by and say hi too! Watermark Tee Tutorial What I love about this project is that it's completely customizable. Materials: Elmer's Blue Gel Glue (it must be the blue gel, white won't work) Fabric Dye (RIT is my tried and true brand) A white cotton Tee, Tank, Dress etc. Tutorial: If you're unfamiliar with Batiking, it's a method of dyeing fabric in which you create a design with a dye- resist. Step 1: Prepare Step 2: Design
Cool School Buy Wheels on the Bus here: 30 minutes of Wheels on the Bus fun! Play find the object and sing along with the Cool School crew, Ms. Booksy and Crafty Carol. Comment below and tell us what song you want to sing along to next! Top 10 Picture Books for the Secondary Classroom As a teacher of future English teachers, I am always trying to open my students’ eyes to the wonder and power of the picture book, both as an art form and as a terrific instructional tool for the secondary classroom. Being students of capital-L literature, my teacher-babies sometimes forget to consider these compact and powerful texts. It’s the best way I know to get numerous, diverse and COMPLETE texts into students’ minds. It’s hard enough to squeeze out the time in the overcrowded middle and high school English curriculum to read young adult and classic novels, but with picture books, you can read the entire work aloud, model the focus you want students to concentrate on, let them explore the craft, have the discussion, and even try it out in their own writing–all in one period! So here, in no particular order: my top ten. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Nerdy friends, you are never too old for picture books–I feel like you know that!
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How a 9-Year-Old Girl's Food Blog Forced Healthier Lunch Options - News Martha Payne is a 9-year-old Scottish girl with a taste for good, healthy food. Unfortunately, like so many other children, Payne attends a school that was far less interested than she in what it was feeding her and her classmates each day. Education is a difficult industry, and when it comes to deciding how to spend time and money, food is often low on the list of priorities for administrators. Payne was fed up with meals that at best, weren't nutritious and, at worst, were peppered with stray hairs that weren't hers. That's when she started her blog. While it's derided by some as a safe haven for bitter layabouts raging in their parents' basement, blogging can actually be a very effective form of protest, and Payne is a perfect example. Only two weeks after she began posting on NeverSeconds, Payne reported that her father met with the school board, which told him it was instituting some changes to the school lunch program. Photo via Martha Payne
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Writing Discursive compositions (Secondary level) (Part 5): Introduction of Discursive essay (use of case studies) | ENRICHING THE INTELLECTUAL FABRIC OF YOUR MIND This is my fifth post on discursive writing. For my first post, please click here. Having discussed the technique of historical development and cause and effect, let’s take a look at writing the introduction using a case study or case studies. This is a more challenging technique since students are expected to not only have prior knowledge of the subject matter in the questions, but they also need to know specific, preferably historical or contemporary understanding of current happenings to do well in their writings. Students who wish to use this technique should read newspapers and magazines very regularly to get a firm and all-rounded grasp of global events and specific details of incidents such that they are able to elaborate well in their introductions using specific case studies. Consider the following discursive questions: i. ii. iii. iv. v. Once again, let’s consider how to write the introductory paragraph from two of the above: ii. Introduction: iv. Like this: Like Loading...
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5 Excellent Web Tools For Giving Students Narrative Feedback 5 Web Tools for Giving Students Narrative Feedback by Mark Barnes Teachers may reside in a society driven by standards and high stakes testing, but this doesn’t change the fact that the best way to evaluate learning is with formative assessment and narrative feedback. In decades researching more than 250 million students worldwide, John Hattie, author of Visible Learning, discovered that student self-assessment and teacher feedback impact achievement over the course of a school year far more than traditional assessment techniques. Digital Tools Make Providing Feedback Easy and Engaging While many teachers readily admit that narrative feedback is a powerful means for evaluating learning, these same educators often struggle with providing feedback, because it’s far more time consuming to write feedback than it is to simply place a number or a letter on a student’s work. 5 Web Tools for Feedback 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Providing daily narrative feedback is challenging and time consuming.