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Mobile Learning, M-Learning

Screen Shot 2017-04-16 at 10.56.11 AM.pngWhat is M-Learning? M-learning or mobile learning is defined as learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices. A form of distance education, m-learners use mobile device educational technology at their time convenience. The key aspect of mobile learning is using portable computing devices (such as iPads, laptops, table PC’s, PDA’s and smart phones) to extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom. Teachers access the wireless networks in schools to enable mobility and mobile learning; allowing teaching and learning to extend to spaces beyond the traditional classroom. 

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Build that Home Library On a Budget!

file000981314557.jpgDid you know that children having a home library is just as important as the parent’s own education level?  That’s what a 20-year longitudinal study by a University of Nevada, Reno, found while studying families in the United States and China, with the astonishing fact that having around 500 books at home has a similar effect to having two college-educated parents1, with kids in both of these situations going at least 3 years more education-wise than compared to other factors in the study. It also shows the impact of having a home library, and so to get ready for those long summer days, holiday breaks, or road trips, I’ll give you some tips on how you can build your very own library at home for your children to enjoy!

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3 Ways that Reading and Writing can Help Students With Mental Illness

Children-using-digital-tablet.jpgTeachers have always known that the benefits of reading and writing are myriad and innumerable. What we know about what literacy does for the brain, the body, and for learning is always growing. And now we know that journal writing, reading, and specifically poetry reading & writing are all beneficial for students (of all ages) with mental illness. And since an average of 3 students in each classroom are likely to suffer from mental illness of some type, this is key information for all educators. 

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Communication Disorders In The Classroom

This is my eleventh year teaching first grade and it has brought with it one of my most challenging students. Not a behavioral challenge, _81202840_classroom.jpgbut rather a communication challenge. She has such severe speech impairments that those around her, including myself, do not know what she is saying; despite the hard work of her speech pathologist. It came to my attention that disorders affecting speech and language rank as the second most common reason students receive special education. As I write this blog, yes, she is being tested for special education services. These struggling children often perform poorly or insufficiently in school, they struggle with reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, they misunderstand social cues, miss school frequently, show poor judgement, and struggle with tests. As primary classroom teachers, it is often present in the classrooms, with the severity ranging. So, how can regular classroom teachers help these students achieve success not only academically but socially as well?

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Reflection on Teaching After a Lesson

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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7 Ways to Support Student Mental Health

Blog Picture 1.pngIts likely that at least 3 of the students in your classroom right now suffer from mental illness of some type.

1 in 5 children between the ages of 13-18 suffer from mental illness. 1 in 10 children between ages 5-16 suffer from a diagnosed mental condition. These children are at higher risk of dropping out, substance abuse, trouble with the law, trouble learning, self-harm, and a host of lifelong struggles that are exacerbated when not addressed early. 

As a teacher, you can help! 

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Asperger’s In The Classroom

iStock_000004024023XSmall.jpgThere is a saying that,”if you have met one child with autism, then you have met one child with autism.” As classroom teachers, we know this to be spot on. Many of the students we have in our mainstream classrooms are high functioning autistic children also known as Asperger’s Syndrome. These kiddos don’t have the same academic struggles as other children with disabilities, hence it is known as an “invisible” syndrome. These are children who can read with ease, many times at a very young age and often without any reading instruction. It is in their inability to fit in socially and sometimes with impairments to their language and auditory processing skills that they are recognized with a disability.

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Reading and Writing Group Projects

Blog_Picture_Week_1.pngAs I begin the 4th Quarter, it becomes even more challenging to engage my students! What can I do to make learning fun for my readers? I have researched the idea of interest based novel studies. For my purposes I decided to call my reading groups, book clubs in hopes to encourage reading in the remaining days of school.  Spring fever is NOT allowed in my reading groups!

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Literature Circles from A to Z: Clickable, Printable Resources!

Laptop Work-10.jpgThis month is reading month, and I’ve been writing about literature circles: the problems, the tiny tweaks that make a big difference, and ways to increase engagement. This week I’m hand-delivering the freshest, most useful and printable links on the subject. Thankfully, the research is clear and the resources are plentiful. Here we go! The best resources on literature circles from A to Z…….

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Full STEAM Ahead: Six Tips In Planning Effective Lessons

explore-1140431_1920.jpgWhen you look at this picture, what do you see?  This is what STEAM learning means to me, an engaged, problem-solving, and independent learner who explores concepts through planning, creating, testing, observing, and analyzing (among other things).  With some string, straws, balloons, and paper, you can create endless challenges that are fun AND align to the standards for your district.  When planning these STEAM lessons, here’s some tips to keep in mind so your students can have fun and learn fascinating concepts at the same time.

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