On May 26th, Sally Ride, the first American woman and youngest person to date to enter space, would have been 66 years old. In 1983, she boarded the Challenger space shuttle and operated a robotic arm to get a space satellite–another first. Her life symbolizes courage, endurance, and dedication to achieving what seemed to be the impossible. She authored several children’s books, created programs to inspire girls to enter STEM-based careers, and taught as a professor, making a significant impact in the lives she touched. Read on to find out the ways you can honor Sally Ride’s contribution to the advancement of space and women’s history in your classrooms.
Last week we discussed my top 3 ways to engage students. Today, I want to focus one more strategy: Relationships.
Most students won’t remember every math and reading lesson this year. I’m sorry to break the news to you. Students will remember how they felt about their teacher. Yes, the relationship with their teacher is what matters. As you spend the final hours of the school year with your students, I hope that you will remember this and keep things in perspective. YOU are what engages students! That relationship is what allows you to teach any type lessons.
Did you know that 93% of adults in the United States read at or below the basic level needed to successfully navigate in our society! Yikes! For those of them who have children, they are responsible for their earliest language. Sadly, by the age of 3, a 30 million word gap has already been created. Reading to children, all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, is crucial. Reading aloud stimulates children’s imaginations, it expands their understanding of the world not to mention it develops their language and listening skills.
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.
Reading for information, research, or information literacy involves reading a variety of material, and having competencies such as being able to analyze, evaluate, and communicate information read into the written expression. The American Library Association defined Information Literacy as: “To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
These are the elements that our schools need more of these days, say environmental and development experts. Many students already have access to technology. What they may not have are safe places to engage in the outside world with curiosity and wonder. And so much of learning, of life, is built on wonder.
Beginning as Decorating Day for those Union and Confederate soldiers dying in the Civil War, Memorial Day is now a national holiday that honors those who died while actively serving in the military. Giving the ultimate sacrifice, recognizing their contribution to the development of our nation enjoys because of their acts deserves attention and recognition within our classrooms. Read below for ideas that’ll help you inspire your students to think beyond the typical things associated with this holiday–fireworks, cookouts, and parades.
Are your students engaged or just entertained? Wait, there’s a difference? Yes! Engagement is active learning where as entertainment is a passive activity. With the end of the year weeks away, how can you eek out any sort of learning let alone engagement? There are many ideas educators can use to engage students. Today, I will focus on my top three ways to increase engagement anytime of year (especially at the end of the school year).
Who says that learning has to do be done inside a classroom?! There’s no reason learning the ABCs needs to be learned inside. In fact, there are lots of ways to encourage a love of reading and writing by spending time outdoors! Listed below are some of the ways that I have found to get kids outdoors and learning, some of which I have used with my own 10 and 7 year old kiddos.
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.