How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences

Waterford

It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? A parent-teacher conference gives you a chance to discuss a student’s progress in-depth with families.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. That number has now grown to 51 this year ( see this map ).

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Today's Lesson: Facebook. Friend or enemy in the classroom?

A Principal's Reflections

Not only are some schools incorporating Facebook into their lesson plans, but they are also tutoring students as young as 6-years-old on how to ''properly'' use the site. Yes, students are being tutored how to use Facebook. While many may frown at the idea of fourth graders using Facebook in the classroom, teachers at Gunn argued that the site helps students reinforce information while simultaneously allowing parents to monitor what their child is learning in class.

Principal for a Day at Jackson Elementary

MIND Research Institute

This spring, I was asked by the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) School Board president, Valerie Amezcua, to be “Principal for a Day.” I arrived at Jackson Elementary with a smile on the morning of March 22. Graciela Rodriguez, and immediately made to feel important.

ADHD in the Classroom: How to Teach and Support Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Waterford

A survey of educators found that the majority lack enough information and classroom management strategies for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that they don’t feel capable to help them.[2] Tendency to fidget and trouble holding still.

Twitter Chats Worth Checking Out.

The Web20Classroom

Sometimes it is hard for me to believe how successful it has been. While there are those that believe it is a waste of time, more and more educators are taking time on Tuesday nights (and some on Tuesday afternoons) to participate. That is why other groups of people have taken it upon themselves to create their own chats for special interests. So what I wanted to do is highlight a few of my favorites. Needless to say, I learned lots.

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

The Hechinger Report

When Destiny Reyes started elementary school, she felt highly motivated. But there, among Providence’s brightest, it wasn’t as easy to be at the top of the class, and her excitement about school – and learning – subsided. She went to school because she had to.

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Livescribe Pencast Book Reviews & More!

The Daring Librarian

now.what to do with it? How to Create a Pencast Book Review! Any suggestions on how to neaten up the process would be appreciated. How it works - you''ll need: 1. I had to try this a few times before I got it right. for the 2G to $159.00

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Reflections on NCTIES

The Web20Classroom

For 3 days almost 2000 educators from across the southeast gathered in Raleigh, NC to share, produce and learn about technology in education and have a little bit of fun. Previously I had tried to learn Second Life 3 times but never could get anywhere with it so just gave up.

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How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. In this Thursday, Oct.

Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Winners will be announced at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit on the Future of Reading on October 22, 2010 in Chicago.

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Site Visit & Shift Happens

wwwatanabe

You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn''t quite gotten there. So, when I arrived at the sites, I was expecting those "Oh My Gosh I wanna FB this to the world" type of lessons. Often times, they would rotate to the next center when the timer would buzz. The kids on the laptops got to choose what their learning exercise.

The discussion about US education

Connecting 2 the World

I look at part of this as a result of the charter school movement and a movement to break up teachers unions to bring down costs of education. After watching programs on NBC and the Oprah Winfrey school, I think it is important that misinformation that was spouted by such experts as Bill Gates and Mayor Bloomberg (both businessmen first) need to be addressed. 1) Tenure is NOT automatically given to teachers, as both of these men contended on TV.

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ISTE SIGMS Election Please Vote for Brenda Now!

The Daring Librarian

Here''s the info on the ISTE site to seal the deal! Work Experience: I was an elementary library media specialist for 15 years before moving into a district level position of instructional specialist for the School Library Media programs unit in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”. Were students willing to take risks?

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

MindShift

Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. Schools have traditionally taught children how to read, and have always tried to encourage reading. Who loves to read most?

K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Joanna is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Today they talk about what makes a great learning video and how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How do we help kids remember?

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How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators

Waterford

Technology has done more to change school curriculum and practices than nearly anything else—and in such a short amount of time! By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access.

Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

What it is: I’m telling you, the edublog alliance I created in 2010 is like the gift that keeps on giving. Year after year I continue to be inspired, excited, and made to think by my edublog alliance PLN! These are my go to blogs before all others!

Segregation in Steel Valley: How these Pittsburgh-area elementary students are separated by race and academic performance

The Hechinger Report

The Steel Valley School District operates two elementary schools in a shoulder of the Monongahela River. When Terrance Frey learned that his son’s school, Barrett Elementary, is 78 percent black and Park Elementary is 84 percent white, he was shocked. “It You know, like you have to sit in the back of the bus,” said Frey, who is black. Related: How the federal government abandoned the Brown v. I need to get these elementary kids learning together.

What You Can Do to Bring Emotional Intelligence Lessons into the Classroom

Waterford

13] If you can teach your students how to recognize and regulate their emotions, they’ll be better prepared to focus and reach their potential both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, emotional intelligence involves using your emotions to plan and meet your goals.[5]

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. Fast forward again to 2009.

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

A Teacher’s Guide to Toxic Stress in the Classroom

Waterford

Most students feel stressed at times in class, but some might be more vulnerable to stress than others. When stress builds up to severe levels for a child, they may be at risk to develop toxic stress—which can have lasting effects on their social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health.

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. How easily they could be used by students and teachers. 2010).

A study of Latino students reveals two sides of the segregation debate

The Hechinger Report

The immediate coverage of an important July 2019 study on Latino children in America emphasized how they are increasingly “segregated” from white children at school. How can this be? The answer has to do with population changes and migration patterns.

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Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

techlearning

After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. In many cases, school leaders need to justify why the district should invest in the first place. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access.

How play is making a comeback in Kindergarten

The Hechinger Report

Students have at least 40 minutes a day to play during what’s called “Play to Learn” time. she proclaimed to her friends. This is a house with an invisible force field,” he proclaimed, carefully adding a block to the structure. “I And Stevens said this is evident to her.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in. Today we talk about the conference, what people can expect from the conference and how to sign up. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

A Bold Move to Better Prepare Principals: How Illinois Educators Revamped Requirements for Preparation of Principals

EdNews Daily

This is a four part mini-series; a must watch for educators who believe in taking charge to reform the system-in their own hands. The Wallace Foundation today released a four-part video series exploring Illinois’ bold actions to revamp the way school principals are prepared.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

Edsurge

Duncan currently serves as an education advisor to The Rise Fund.) It’s also a big bump from the $40 million in total venture capital that the company had previously raised since 2010, when Woolley-Wilson took the helm. Founded in 2006, DreamBox has steadily built out a suite of online math programs for elementary and middle-school students. It also might have shut down were it not for an $10 million investment in 2010 from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.