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Individual Learning Styles

Laptop Work-4.jpgLast week we discussed how to incorporate technology into your classroom. This week we will focus specifically on Individual Learning Styles and how technology can meet student needs. Technology allows students to work independently and as educators you need to discover ways meet their various learning styles.  

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Activities for National Opposite Day

nrm3.jpgI love quirky holidays and celebrations! On January 25th, set your sights on a day filled with National Opposite Day activities. Research done by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock (2001) have created discussions on the benefits of comparing and contrasting. This concept provides the basis for effective instruction. I have included fun activities to boost students reading and writing skills in the classroom for National Opposite Day while still meeting the demands of your standards.

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Learning Styles and Technology

Laptop Work-10.jpgTechnology can be a great tool for meeting the needs of your learners. Whether you choose to use an individual or group approach to teaching, your students will learn through the use technology if implemented correctly. This post will discuss ways to incorporate technology to meet your students learning needs in both an individual and group learning environment.   

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High Achieving Students

iStock_000016012136Small.jpgIf you are like me, you are in the middle of progress monitoring for your end of quarter comparisons. Do you have students that haven’t progressed at all? If you look closely, some of those students are your “bright” students. So what can you do to help those high achieving students to engage in your classroom?

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National Trivia Day Challenges

Expressions-16.jpgCelebrate National Trivia Day on January 4th with jokes and riddles. 

Higher level thinking skills can be developed through exposure to jokes and riddles. If you haven’t considered them as a teaching tool, you may want to start if your students meet the following criteria.

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National Technology Day

Silly Photos-9.jpgHave you ever heard of National Technology Day? It is a fairly new day of recognition so, if you haven’t heard of it, that is okay! National Technology Day is celebrated in the United States on January 6. A technology company, StoAmigo, that is located in Las Vegas founded this day. They wanted to bring attention to all the new endeavors in technology.  2017 will be the second year of observance. Think about technology for your classroom. Hasn’t it changed greatly over the years? I can still remember using an old-style rollcart projector to teach! Now, I’m lost if my Smartboard is having issues. Think about your students. Children are now very tech-savvy. I see elementary-age students using laptops and tablets better than some adults. The reality is technology is here to stay. It will only grow and improve with each passing year. I suggest you observe National Technology Day with your students as a way to recognize how far technology has come! Here are some tips to do so:

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What is the Goal of Reading Goals?

Working Hard-1.jpgGoals, contests and challenges can be a great way to motivate your students. It’s time to ring out the old and ring in the new by setting clear goals or resolutions for your classroom. In this post I will explore some options when implementing reading challenges or contests. These ideas will help to encourage learning and growing all year long. 

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Warm up with these COOL Books

As we head intoipad-1126136_1920.jpg Winter Break, this is a great time to hook students on reading. By assigning students to read winter related books over the break, it gives them something to do to avoid boredom while motivating them to learn new things. There is something for all learners.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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Beginning a Classroom Word Study Program

test_frustration.jpgIf you incorporate a Word Study program into your classroom, then gone are the days of the Friday spelling test! The concept of word study is that students learn strategies or patterns that will transfer to many words. Students are no longer required to memorize lists of unrelated or meaningless words. When I taught first and second grade, I utilized phonics and encouraged phonemic awareness. Little did I know I was using a new way of spelling called “word study”!   

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