Laura Akers

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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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