The Flier that Changed the World- Teaching Jo Ann Robinson in Black History Month

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Feb 23, 2017 11:38:00 AM

This is part three of a series on lesser-known heroines of the Civil Rights Era for Black History Month.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

The Flipped Classroom: Benefits Students with Special Needs

Posted by Reine L. on Feb 22, 2017 12:28:00 PM

How does Flipped Learning benefit students with special needs? In 2009, Cole and Kritzer wrote an article in Rural Special Education Quarterly, 28 (4), 36-40, titled Strategies for success: Teaching an online course explains that the reason the flipped model is considered a strength amongst educators is that it allows for a more efficient use of class time. “. . . In the flipped classroom, students can get the most out of class time by spending it on practical application, not on inactive lecture.” Cole and Kritzer add that lecture content can be provided through electronic means, and this modality allows teachers to improve the quality of their video lecture or short instruction to a manageable length with an emphasis on important points and less extraneous information. For example, teachers support and enhance lessons by assigning reading selections through an eBook library, such as Big Universe, on specific subject matter content material in areas taught throughout the quarter. In doing so, students read ahead and prepare for active learning in the classroom, whether a writing activity, classroom discussion, or project-based learning, this is just one example of the framework in a flipped classroom model.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

Freedom Writing: Students Expressing Ideas About Current or Controversial Events

Posted by Rashawnda Atkinson on Feb 10, 2017 11:36:00 AM

How can we support kids as they process their feelings about current or recent events happening in our world? Today's students had a front-row seat to school shootings, terrorism events, political conflict, and drug-related deaths for example within recent years, and they might have feelings of confusion, fear, or frustration. Educators have to navigate discussing these conversations and encourage students without promoting their personal views. Though it may be challenging to do, you can take these moments that have real impact students' lives and make it a teachable moment for students.  Here's how I've done this in the past when working with my students.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

"Hope is a Song in a Weary Heart"- A 3-Part Series on Lesser-Known Heroines for Black History Month

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Feb 9, 2017 12:08:00 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rosa Parks

Harriet Tubman

Pauli Murray

Your students probably recognize the first three names of incredible and resilient leaders from previous studies of Black History Month, but do they recognize the fourth name?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

28 Ways to Celebrate Reading

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 31, 2017 11:59:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

3 Brain-Based Benefits to Classroom Writing

Posted by Rachel Tapling on Jan 26, 2017 11:13:00 AM

We all know that writing is good for learning. But, did you know how good it is for your student's brains?

Here are 3 ways that writing benefits your brain! 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Literacy

Activities for National Opposite Day

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Writing, Technology, Literacy

Poetry and the Inauguration: How Poets Participated in this Presidential Ceremony

Posted by Rashawnda Atkinson on Jan 20, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Today is Inauguration Day, a celebration and ceremony signifying the start [or continuation] of a president's administration.  Recognized on the 20th of January every four years, many entertainers, dignitaries, and American citizens participate in the festivities during and after the inauguration.  What is intriguing, however, is the relatively few poets involved in the ceremony.  It was only in 1961 that Robert Frost read his poem "The Gift Outright" at the late John F. Kennedy's first inauguration.  Since then, four other poets share this honor with him: Maya Angelou's 1993 reading of "On Pulse of Morning", Miller Williams read "Of History and Hope" in 1997, Elizabeth Alexander's 2009 reading of "Praise Song for the Day", and Richard Blanco's 2013 reading of "One Today."  How then, did these poets represent the attitudes and political climates of their day?

 

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Reading Lists, Writing

More than a Dream: Using King’s Legacy to Foster Civil Responsibility In Students

Posted by Rashawnda Atkinson on Jan 13, 2017 11:55:00 AM

In just a few days our nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Day, which recognizes the contributions that famed Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. made to advancing racial equality through non-violent means.  Since 1986, the third Monday in every January people take part in various activities--speeches, marches, community service projects, or visiting sites that highlight King's life and legacy.  As educators seeking to create independent, conscious thinkers, how can we get them to use their words and knowledge to affect change in their schools?  As King wrote as a junior at Morehouse College, “...Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction" (as cited in The Seattle Times, n.d.).  I'll share with you some ways to get your students and school to maximize the day's significance.

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Reading Lists, Writing, Literacy

High Achieving Students

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 11, 2017 11:45:00 AM

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?

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Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

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