Reine L.

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Autism Memory and Multi-Tasking

Posted by Reine L. on Jan 9, 2017 11:47:00 AM

In an article from Science News, August 15, 2011 entitled Inflexibility May Give Pupils With Autism Problems In Multitasking which discussed primarily deficiencies, namely, how students with autism stick rigidly to tasks in the order they are given to them. According to the research, the students had difficulty with ‘prospective memory’ or remembering to carry out their intentions, thus it was concluded that this attributed to the challenges they face. My mind immediately shifted to what I have observed in schools and which brought me to share a few techniques that may enhance memory and multi-tasking with Autism students. One of the most important aspects of teaching a student who has Autism is the idea of what is going on in their world and how to multi-tasking in order to focus on a variety of tasks throughout the day.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

National Science Fiction Day

Posted by Reine L. on Jan 2, 2017 11:39:00 AM

National Science Fiction Day is celebrated each year on the 2nd day of January by science fiction fans in the United States. National Science Fiction Day, an “unofficial” holiday as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It has been shown that science fiction is a popular topic amongst children. Subsequently, on science fiction day teachers can encourage students to watch some classic fiction movies, T.V. shows, or begin to read a science fiction novel. Upon further exploration, encourage students to visit the Museum of Science Fiction website located at:

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Essential Oils for Teachers and Students

Posted by Reine L. on Dec 28, 2016 11:24:00 AM

What are Essential Oils? Essential oils are extracts from leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds of various plants. The oils are distilled into extremely concentrated forms and contain active ingredients that are thought to have beneficial effects. The use of essential oils as treatment for various ailments is known as aromatherapy.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas

Making Assessments Fun, and Low Stress for Students

Posted by Reine L. on Dec 26, 2016 11:45:00 AM

When incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. The formative assessment process guides teachers in making decisions about future instruction.  Here are a few examples that may be used in the classroom during the formative assessment process to collect evidence of student learning. Observations, Questioning, Discussion, Exit/Admit Slips, Learning/Response Logs, Graphic Organizers, Peer/Self Assessments, Practice Presentations, Visual Representations, Individual Whiteboards, and Constructive Quizzes.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Literacy

Forefathers' Day, the Forgotten Pilgrim Holiday

Posted by Reine L. on Dec 19, 2016 12:21:00 PM

Forefathers’ Day is a holiday celebrated yearly in Massachusetts that began in 1769. As recounted by the historian John Seelye, Memory’s Nation: The Place of Plymouth Rock, this location was identified as the landing place many years after the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth on the 22nd of December and established the first colony at Plymouth in 1620.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

ESSA: Chiefs For Change in School Improvement

Posted by Reine L. on Dec 12, 2016 11:45:00 AM

In May 2016, Chiefs for Change addressed school improvement strategies under ESSA in a booklet titled: Implementing Change: Rethinking School Improvement Strategies and Funding Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires that seven (7) percent of Title I funds is set aside as a school improvement innovation fund.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Literacy

ESSA Increases Education Technology Funding

Posted by Reine L. on Dec 5, 2016 12:31:00 PM

A new competitive grant program within the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, will fund the development and research of evidence-based innovative technology approaches to student learning. These grants are an additional resource made available to schools. This is an opportunity to begin or expand a grant program in addition to the general availability of new funds in the marketplace.

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Topics: Writing, Technology, Literacy

Goodbye, Core Academic Subjects, Hello, ESSA's Well-Rounded Education

Posted by Reine L. on Nov 28, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Teachers have felt tied up in knots, for more than a decade, due to the threat of No Child Left Behind, NCLB, sanctions for failing to meet unrealistic proficiency levels. Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, opens up many opportunities for states and local school districts to develop curriculum programs for a "Well-Rounded" education for all students. The term "Well-Rounded" appears 24 times in the law, and includes everything from Arts, Physical Education, Science, Civics and Government, Music and Foreign Languages – all of which are programs eligible for federal funding under ESSA.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Integration Ideas, Literacy

Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, Every Student Succeeds Act

Posted by Reine L. on Nov 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We all remember a teacher who had a special impact on us. The teacher who stayed late to give extra help; organized a fundraiser to afford a school field trip; brought in their own classroom supplies. A teacher with the Three C’s: The teacher who Cares ; is knowledgeable in their Content; and is able to Communicate with students in a way that reaches a child’s zone of proximal development. Accordingly, research shows that teachers are the most important in-school factor for improving student achievement. Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA, provides states with tools to support our nation’s teachers, including tools to address current teacher shortages through recruitment, training and ongoing professional development.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Differentiation, Technology, Literacy

Every Student Succeeds, ESSA, Accountability

Posted by Reine L. on Nov 14, 2016 12:02:00 PM

The new federal legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) challenges states to draw on lessons from the last 15 years and to refine their accountability systems to provide the right combination of pressure and support for school improvement.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Writing, Literacy

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