I really like this idea.
This is activity from Sheena Cameron’s Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies (a very worthwhile resource for teacher of grade 1-9). It required students to look at the ‘text’, in this case a picture, and predict what happened before, during and after it being taken.
This was the first attempt at the task. Students found it quite difficult to predict what might of happened before, something that we will have to work on. When we shared our predictions at the end of the lesson I found that students were predicting what happened immediantly before and after. I am going to use this activity again this week and give students time frames such as ‘what do you think happened 2 hours before this picture was taken?’
#elemchat #spedchat #writingprompts
Did you know that there’s a Writing Prompts Tumblr run by a teacher?
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I hope #CPS unblocks YouTube for Teachers. So much great content is being created by educators and it would be awesome if we could use it in the classroom.
Teachers who love YouTube will be interested to know that today YouTube have launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers : http://www.youtube.com/teachers.
It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, as well as curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use.
You can also sign up to the YouTube Teachers Community and receive regular updates from the YouTube team, including tips and tricks for incorporating YouTube in your classroom, best practices from other teachers, and great new content uploaded on YouTube.
Oh, and a really interesting kicker:
According to Mind Shift, the new teachers site is part one of two big YouTube projects for teachers. In the next couple of weeks, a bigger announcement will be made about huge changes that will address many of the concerns teachers have had about using YouTube videos in the classroom.
Plethora of resources out here, being updated on an ongoing basis (several at the top of the list were published within the last week).
80+ articles about iPads in education
The author’s cool enough to cover using it in several different situations (teacher-student, student-student, teacher-class, etc.). There are some little gems in here.
Lessons learned using Skype in the classroom.
I stumbled across this blog a few weeks ago and I wanted to share a concept the author suggested: creating a substitute binder. While many schools and teachers supply binders, I know some classroom teachers who don’t even leave a note about where to find things (like tests or quizzes). I can’t tell you how guilty I feel, sifting through their things (I know emergencies happen).
The “While you were out …” form is the highlight. The one showcased in the blog (seen below) is one more likely to see in an elementary classroom, it can be easily altered for a middle or high school substitute teacher as well. Also, if you know you’re going to sub, why not print some off some and bring them with. They are very easy to create, and will no doubt stand out to a classroom teacher when they return.
One teacher I substitute taught for was the exception, her notes were so detailed, she gave me a seating chart, names of classroom helpers, kids to watch for, and which students might need more guidance during a lesson.
This is just an EASY way for a teacher to help out a sub and/or a Great way for a sub to remain organized and professional when in a teacher’s classroom. Just create, save and print when needed.
Clutter Free Classroom - Includes a “While you were out” form and an “Info at a glance” form
Jim Wright Online - Includes, a “Substitute Teacher Feedback Report”
I love the whole thing! May add this to my classroom door.
I love the lightbulb.
Music is Standard in My Classroom
It’s not a special event or an activity. My students anticipate, expect, and even demand music everyday. And, in the words of Gene Simmons, they want it “Loud, I wanna’ hear it loud, right between the eyes.” They get what they want, for sure. But I do have to say that from the beginning of my classroom musical revelation, the music has been for me just as much as it’s been for the kids.
So, I don’t play “kid” music all of the time. Yes, there are times when it’s needed, but most of the time I’m exposing my students to “kid-friendly adult music.” Kids love the tunes I play for two reasons: 1) They know they’re not “kiddie” songs because they don’t feature a cheesy organ or steel drum. 2) They notice that I love the songs, too.
When I was a kid, I wanted to spit blood and breathe fire. Silly, I know. But then I wanted to play guitar. Then I joined a band. Now I’m using music to inspire others and connect with students. Sharing is the new teaching. Let’s share.
I really loved this. Please click through. There are even some great song and album suggestions.
Another great idea to maintain and encourage appropriate behavior in the classroom. Love when ideas are easy to implement and work.
This is another idea submitted by our first place winner, Sara G. Check out her Tumblr!!
I’ve found that adding “Super Secret” to anything makes it more coveted. I always have students names on popsicle sticks so before we go into the hall, I pick one and I’m the only one that sees it. I…
This idea won first place in our giveaway contest by Sara G, a Kindergarten teacher. Check out her blog here!
One of my favorite and easiest things I do is change my table names constantly to go with what we’re learning. Some teachers tend to number their tables and not change it up, but…
Currently making Math Jenga. I thought it would be fun for the kids on game day.
They will be practicing simple number facts, skip counting, and multiples.
I hope it turns out well!
*I got the idea from my Drinking Jenga game
Edit: adding place value, money, and time telling
ScreenChomp is a free app for creating and sharing short tutorials or lessons on your iPad. ScreenChomp provides a whiteboard on which you can demonstrate things by drawing and talking people through your instructions.
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