Kristy Beaudry McCain

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Brain Research: Music May Enhance Mathematical Skills

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Oct 20, 2015 6:56:33 PM
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Tips to Keep Families Healthy and Fit During the School Year

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 30, 2015 3:24:08 PM

Families can get moving! The start of the school year is an excellent time to start a family exercise routine. Children enjoy playing sports and participating in physical activity. Running or walking is a healthy and free activity for families. Walking around a different street each night offers children an opportunity to observe the family friendly neighborhoods and possibly meet new friends. Families can implement a nightly 30-minute brisk walk during the fall that they can keep as a habit well into the new year. Families that walk together, talk together!

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Supporting Middle School And High School Students

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 24, 2015 11:22:58 AM

Middle School Writing and The Common Core State Standards

Students in middle school are expected to write informational, explanatory, opinion and argument writing pieces. The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level.

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Writing a Research Paper

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 20, 2015 5:21:29 PM
 
There are certain steps you can take when writing a research paper that will make the finished product a lot easier! Many people, such as scientists and businesspeople use research skills to make products better or more useful, and to teach others how to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Picking a topic, gathering and organizing your information, and putting it all together are discussed in this title. By following these steps, you are guaranteed to get an A on your next research paper! This book allows students to determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
 
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News

Question Stems To Facilitate Critical Thinking

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 18, 2015 9:21:32 AM

Critical thinking is essential in the technology driven society that we live in today. Educators and parents can help students to facilitate critical thinking by using the question stems.

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Career Exploration Activities For Students

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 14, 2015 4:06:47 PM

Researching Jobs For The Future

Hands-on learning fosters excitement and engagement when researching jobs and professions. Students in elementary, middle and high school can prepare for the future by reading about different types of careers and creating poster board job summaries.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

Tips For Studying and Test Taking

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 9, 2015 9:18:49 PM
Studying for a test can be a daunting task. Some people wait until the last minute while others are organized and prepared when the time comes. Good study habits are all about paying attention in class, taking good notes, finding a quiet place where you can concentrate, and planning ahead! Learn how to reduce anxiety before a test by following a few simple rules that will help you to ace your next big test. This book will allow students to determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Tips For Test Taking

Get Sleep

People of all ages need to be well rested prior to taking a test or exam. Being tired increases the chances of making errors on the exam. Teach students to go to bed early and get some rest.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Successful Professional Development For Educators

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 8, 2015 11:48:16 AM

Just like doctors and other professions, educators benefit from participating in high quality professional development every year. In order to be effective, professional development should encompass the following components. Professional development should be:

Relevant

The pedagogy and content should be relevant to the professionals in the room.

Professional

In order to be effective, the session should start and end on time. People should respect each other's time and ideas. The room should be a comfortable temperature, clean and organized.

Interactive

Multiple learning styles should be addressed in the presentation. The instructor or facilitator should utilize multiple methods for engagement. Teachers are learners, too. Just like children and teens, adults have diverse learning styles.

Useful

Educators should be able to implement the new learnings and findings from the workshop or inservice, right away or as soon as possible. They should be able to use the information presented. It should be beneficial.

Big Universe offers high quality,researched-based professional development for educational professionals. For more information click here.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Big Universe News, Literacy

Understanding Historical Images: Strategies To Help Students Unpack History

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 8, 2015 4:08:17 AM

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

Empowering Teachers Through Professional Development

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Sep 7, 2015 5:24:07 AM

Big Universe offers a variety of easy-to-access professional development videos for schools. Schools can share the informational videos with the staff.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Big Universe News, Literacy

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