Friday, November 18, 2011

ARE YOU HAVING FUN?????

Fun is nearly a bad word in some cultures and those are exactly the kind of cultures people avoid, as employees or as customers. Those are “go home at 5″ cultures where people don’t really want to be there. Fun isn’t about jokes and playing games (although when that’s happening people just might be learning something) it’s about people who have a positive emotional involvement with what they are doing. Fun is like a thermometer, it’s a signal. Fun usually means they care. People who care meet challenges head on and solve them. People who don’t care, fail.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Texting sites to use in your classroom! Gooooo Technology!

Remind101: Remind101 allows teachers to send text messages (and email) home -- to students and/or to parents -- to offer reminders and updates for class. Remind101 allows teachers to communicate with their classes without either teacher or students having to share their phone numbers.
Poll Everywhere: As the name suggests, Poll Everywhere allows teachers to use cellphones for polling in class. Students text their responses, using their cellphones to give feedback, answer questions, take quizzes.
Celly: Celly provides SMS-based group messaging. Classrooms can use the service to take quick polls and quizzes, filter messages, get news updates, take notes, and organize and hold study groups. The groups can be public or private, moderated or open.
StudyBoost: StudyBoost allows students to study via SMS-based quizzes. The questions can be self- or teacher-created, and can be multiple choice or open-ended.

Monday, September 19, 2011

A great classroom tool for spelling & vocabulary

I wanted to share a link with you that Ms.Lochridge is using in her classroom. It is an EXCELLENT link that will allow the kids to study spelling & vocabulary as well as a tool for the teachers (test creation & practice sheets). The teacher puts the words in and the computer does the rest. :) Try it out.. Your kids will love it!
www.spellingcity.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Launch pad

This is a wonderful site for your students to use to write and illustrate their own stories. There are a lot of other children's stories posted too!!!http://www.launchpadmag.com/

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reading and Understanding Outside the Text

Questions play a crucial role in helping students master what they’re reading, she said. She cited a question that might be posed by instructional materials or by a teacher: “In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln says the nation is dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Why is equality an important value to promote?”
“It gets kids off and running, but we’ve totally left the text,” Ms. Pimentel said. “They don’t need the text to answer that question.” --An innovative curriculum builder

Friday, July 22, 2011

Creating a story in your classroom

This is a great site for the students in your classrooms to create their own stories. Take the Tour when you get to the site; I think you will enjoy using it in your rooms!http://storybird.com/

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The History of English

very cute site with short video clips about the history of English.. The kids will like the animations a lot!!!
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PLA03075BAD88B909E

Sunday, July 17, 2011

STAAR/EOC testing information

This is a very important site for ALL teachers to get information concerning updates and testing requirements for the STAAR testing!
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/staar/

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Brain Webbing (Why memorize and regurgitate doesn't work anymore!)

Brain-Webbing and Mind-Melding in Geography
By: Sawyer, Christian

One of the author's most challenging and rewarding features in teaching AP Human Geography to high school-age thinkers is helping his students forge connections among the terms and concepts covered--"to see the connections among the dots." Too often, he finds his students first approach learning through the "memorize and regurgitate" modality--breaking down the chapters and notes into discreet, memorized "terms," when Human Geography is built more on the relationships "among" ideas and skills. Given this challenge, the author has experimented with numerous teaching strategies to try to help his learners move beyond this order of thinking towards a more integrated, conceptual understanding of the interconnected layers of Human Geography. He has tried various notecard constructions, outlining methods, and review games. In this article, he discusses his most successful approach yet, a process he calls "brain-webbing and mind-melding," which is built upon the framework of concept mapping.

Hands-on learning ( Funny stuff!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwPWDyE3ORs&feature=player_embedded

Thought for the day......

"As we increasingly master our perceptions, beliefs, and
thought/feeling patterns, we magnetically attract
that which we most desire."
— Luanne Oakes: Was a holistic doctor, author, and composer

Wilford Gordon McDonald Partridge

A wonderful book to teach kids about empathy!!! It can be adapted for ANY age!!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=usnOEnTXabw

Solar System Curriculum

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htmWonderful site for your students to explore the Solar System!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Student's engagement with regards to editing

http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9094&r=sb110708b&REFERER=
This is a wonderful link about teaching the students how to edit their own writing. Editing SHOULD NOT be taught in isolation, but rather built right into the writing process. Students that are shown creative sentences and the mechanics behind them will learn that when writing; a process of inquiry will automatically occur in their writing draft, not just during the editing phase. Read the introduction and Chapter 1, especially page 10-14! Great stuff!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Curriculum

This is the launch of Imagination...... Come Wonder With Me!! You will find all types of resources to help your learning environment in your classroom. Hopefully, this blog will aid you in your creative endeavors!