Unique Field Trips to Plan this Summer

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jun 24, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Some of the most salient and lasting experiences for students come from stepping outside of the classroom and into another, more immersive learning space.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Literacy

Neuro-Linguistic Programming in the Classroom

Posted by Reine L. on Jun 23, 2017 12:11:00 PM

Children construct reality based on their perceptions and memories. Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, defines our sensory channels as “representational” systems, or how a child “represents” or make sense of external surroundings. More importantly, the meaning of the communication is the response it elicits.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Special Education

"Read to Feed"

Posted by Stacey Barbeaus on Jun 22, 2017 11:43:00 AM

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, and while we in America undoubtedly have a hunger issue of our own, in today’s blog we are going to look at world hunger and what we can do as classroom teachers to allow our students to actively make a difference the lives of those around the world.  

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Integration Ideas

Content Literacy in Science

Posted by Laura Akers on Jun 21, 2017 11:15:00 AM


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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Integration Ideas

Learning A Second Language, Part 1

Posted by Reine L. on Jun 20, 2017 11:41:00 AM

When to start second language learning? Although experts have attested that introduction to a second language increases proficiency, studies suggest that the most efficient time to begin to learn a second language is anytime between first grade through middle school.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas

Fab Five: Ways to Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month

Posted by Rashawnda Atkinson on Jun 19, 2017 11:26:00 AM

Entering it's twelfth year of existence, Caribbean American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, history, natural beauty, and diversity of the nations connected to the Caribbean Sea (save the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Turks and Caicos Islands, which call the Atlantic Ocean home).  Today's Caribbean nations, though shaped initially by the transatlantic slave trade and European colonialism intermingling with the native cultures, each have its own flair and significant historical contribution to what makes this region truly unique.  This year, I want to highlight some ways you can celebrate this heritage month with your class or as a family, learning loads of new information along the way.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Reading Lists

Summer Teacher Prep

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jun 16, 2017 12:29:00 PM

My son's first word was "Fish", because I brought him to my classroom after school got out for the summer, and he was entranced with the fish tank. As a teacher, I was excited to spend more time with my family and relax over vacation, but I was also a new teacher and wanted to be as prepared as I could for the next year. I was organizing, prepping, brainstorming.....so much that my baby started talking to the classroom wildlife! 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences

Continue Your Greatness!

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jun 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

As part of my Good vs Great Teacher series, this week we will focus on Professional Development. ALL great teachers are teachable! Being teachable includes professional development and learning new things that help teachers become more effective. Remember our acronym from last week? GREAT stands for 

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Integration Ideas, Technology

It's Flag Day

Posted by Stacey Barbeaus on Jun 14, 2017 11:20:00 AM
Flag Day, June 14, is a day to honor and learn about the "Stars and Stripes." The American flag has a colorful history and interesting evolution. Flag Day recognizes the June day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. It is important that our students understand the symbolism that our flag has and what that means to our country. However, this is also a great segway into other countries flags as well. There is a lot that can be addressed through this one holiday: the history of our flag, symbolism of the stars and stripes and the meaning behind other countries flag colors and symbols; so let’s get started!

For young students, a book is always an entertaining and effective way to introduce a topic. Stars and Stripes: The Story of the American Flag by Bob Dacey  is perfect for children in grades 1–4. They will enjoy learning how the American flag came to be. This book tells how the flag has undergone many changes throughout the years.  Another is F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, – this book reminds young children of the importance of the American flag in our society and how the stars and stripes symbolizes many things, and serves to unite us all! A question that arises among many classroom settings is who made the flag? Who Was Betsy Ross?  By James Buckley this book tells about the patriotic seamstress who helped to create it! A great  biography for for elementary classrooms. A great book to follow the American flag, would be Primary Explorers: Flags of the World by Sylvie Bednar. Kids will learn about the flags of other countries. They will be able to explore how many countries have flags with blue on them? Which country has a flag with a red leaf? Which flag has a red star? This book shows the flag of every country in the world, as well as flags used in signaling, sports and by long-ago pirates. Find out what flags mean, where they come from and how they are used.

To build from the knowledge the children have gained, they could each create a flag that would represent their family. They could write about what the colors mean and the picture or symbol they’ve used. This is a great way to get to know your students and a bit about their families at the beginning of the school year.  Another idea is for the students to create a class flag that represents their school/classroom. Again they would write and share with the class why they choose the colors and symbols. To make it more interesting, the kids could vote to adopt one of the flags for their classroom. Together you could make a pledge to say along with your flag, including school rules, etiquette, respect and kindness. I know this is something that I will do at the beginning of my school year in September! I will probably connect it with our 9-11 remembrance.

Regardless how or when you introduce our American flag, just be sure to do it. I believe it is important to instill in our students what our flag represents and all those who have fought to protect it.  Happy Flag Day!
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

Content Literacy in Math

Posted by Laura Akers on Jun 13, 2017 12:13:00 PM


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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Integration Ideas, Literacy

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