Laura Akers

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Motivating Students

Posted by Laura Akers on May 23, 2017 11:41:00 AM

 As the school year is coming to a close, I find myself reflecting upon the year. I think about how my sweet first graders have grown in so many ways and how I influenced those changes.

 

When children enter the classroom during those first days of school, they are so eager to learn and excited for the many possibilities of the year. Children are excited about meeting their teachers, talking with friends, and exploring new subjects. Recognizing a child’s innate motivation and discovering the tools to reinforce motivation is key to a successful school year.

 
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Differentiation

Planning a Writing Lesson

Posted by Laura Akers on May 16, 2017 12:38:00 PM

 

From a young age people learn to speak a language before they can write. Speaking skills are a more natural way of communication until written language has been explicitly taught. When preparing a writing lesson, consider the age group and prior knowledge with speaking and writing skills. Choose a topic your students are more likely to be intrigued by and provide the correct tools to allow creativity. Teaching writing is not just about spelling or grammar but understanding what is expected with different writing genres. The following steps can guide you to selecting a genre, collecting ideas, planning and writing.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Writing, Literacy

Teaching the Tale: Language & Memory

Posted by Laura Akers on May 9, 2017 11:49:00 AM

 

Fairy tales and Folktales are stories often told to children beginning at a young age through primary grades. There are significant points in stories where there are repetitive words and phrases which help readers understand the tale and build accuracy. Those repetitive phrases allow students to be more engaged in the story, build language skills, and benefit English Language Learners.

 
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Differentiation, Literacy

Encouraging Speaking in the Classroom

Posted by Laura Akers on May 2, 2017 11:56:00 AM

When a child walks through your classroom door, so does a unique personality. As an educator you can create and warm inviting classroom appearance to allow students to feel comfortable. Some children waltz right in fearless, with the ability to talk to the teacher and other children. There are other children who hover close to their parents during open house, feeling uneasy about meeting a new teacher and students in the class. The first few weeks of schools is a significant time to build an encouraging classroom environment where students have the confidence to participate in class all year long. You want your students to have the courage to communicate with others, share ideas in small groups, and speak before the class.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Common Core

Methods For Building and Retaining Vocabulary

Posted by Laura Akers on Apr 25, 2017 12:08:00 PM
How often have you heard or discussed with other educators the importance of vocabulary? You have probably heard the terms Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 vocabulary. Whether you have attended one workshop or many workshops about vocabulary, refreshing your knowledge and absorbing new ideas is beneficial for you and your students.
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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Literacy

Best Ways of Correcting Mistakes

Posted by Laura Akers on Apr 17, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Starting each day with words of encouragement and positive affirmations can make a difference in a person's attitude and self-confidence . Hearing phrases such as, “You are smart”, “You are friendly”, “You can do anything you set your mind to” can bring upon a smile and generates a person to feel amazing from the inside out.

What a child hears is often embedded in them from the very beginning. Hearing positive thoughts can truly make a difference in the way someone performs a task or how they feel.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences, Writing, Literacy

Reflection on Teaching After a Lesson

Posted by Laura Akers on Apr 10, 2017 12:19:00 PM

I was recently teaching a math lesson using addition with regrouping. During the second day of the unit, my classroom seemed to brighten as the light bulbs came on and my students were smiling with confidence. I quickly jotted a few details on a sticky note and stuck it to my reminder board. At the end of the day I reviewed my sticky notes to reflect on the fine points of the day. Reflection after teaching a lesson is vital for growth as a teacher and for your students.

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

Professional Development Structured in Schools

Posted by Laura Akers on Apr 3, 2017 11:27:00 AM

In the education profession you often hear key terms such as, differentiated instruction, rigor, integration, and progress monitoring. Whether you are a full-time teacher or a school faculty member, you work in a wonderful profession that allows you to love and empower children everyday. Whatever your role may be in your school, you are an influential part of many children's lives.

As educators we often reflect on how to modify our teaching techniques to further serve those bright-eyed children everyday. Many schools provide Professional Development opportunities in a variety of ways. PD [Professional Development] could be an in-house workshop designed by the school administration and veteran teachers; or an enlisted outside resource with expertise in a specific subject or field.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Personal Experiences

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