With increased access to information, students need to understand how to select appropriate resources. President’s Day is a great a time to teach about research and the selection process. I teach my students this simple acronym RADCAB! This helps them to remember criteria for finding information.
Today we will be discussing STEM and the process of implementing it into your teaching. Many schools are using STEM to enrich their students. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is not a program that is implemented in schools, but a philosophy based on problem-solving. By doing STEM activities, you are promoting problem-solving skills. These components are vital to teaching 21st century skills that involve your child's ability to cooperate, collaborate, and communicate. You can build these skills and teach STEM through everyday activities. National Inventor's Day is celebrated on February 11th. We will brainstorm ways to get ready! These activities are meant to be simple, yet exciting to your preschool all the way to your high school students. Students will learn that by working together through their answers it promotes life-long learning and leadership.
February is affectionately called "I love to Read" or "Book Lovers" Month. Every day in February can be made special by completing a reading related activity. Here is a list you and your students will LOVE!
Last 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.
I 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.
Technology 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.
If 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?
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.
Have 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:
Goals, 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.