Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Summer Planning and Pinterest

    on May 28, 15 • in Educational Apps, Elementary Classrooms, Featured, From the Front Lines, Kindergarten, Opinion • with Comments

    Pinterest Logo

    Pinterest. Love, love, love this site! And who doesn’t? Especially those of us who began teaching with toilet paper rolls and baby food jars or those teachers who need to supplement their current curriculum without spending a fortune doing so. But just like with any great resource, being able to benefit from using it is the key to success. I promised myself several years ago that I wasn’t going to succumb to the curse of Pinterest. I held off for a very long time too, but finally decided to ‘try it once’ and now, just

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  • Inclusion Students – The Elephant in the Room

    on May 27, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Special Education • with Comments


    There has been great controversy for many years over the inclusion of special education students in the regular education classroom. Some parents are afraid that inclusion students will negatively impact their child’s education. Mainstream education teachers sometimes voice concerns over whether or not they can teach these students when they have no background in special education. Special education teachers often are concerned that “their” students will be lost in a regular classroom. What I believe everyone should be thinking about is how we best educate all students. As I discuss the good and bad experiences that

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  • Implementing Art Across the Curriculum

    on May 26, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Fine Arts, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies • with Comments


    I started teaching back in the days when supplies were limited and you saved everything. I remember days when I taught kindergarten with only toilet paper rolls, markers and a package of rainbow construction paper, which was expected to last for the first nine weeks, with the possibility of getting wiggle eyes to add to the pot the second nine weeks. With the introduction of the internet (yes, I remember the time when it was first introduced) the variety of ideas and lesson plans is immeasurable! Yet, with that positive increase comes the increase of

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  • Planning the Last Unit

    on May 22, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    Planning your last unit

    This is the time of year in which students’ impetus to volunteer, join clubs, school wide activities, and community drives overrides the necessity to finish out a school year. Many justifications are given for not being in class — and how could I blame them? A record cold winter and delayed spring bloom kept students pent up indoors. Educators must balance learning with exposure to curriculum content, student progress with student awareness, and standardized assessment with school wide finals. Aside from this, I must concentrate on what role technology will play in a 1:1 mobile device classroom

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  • Innovating at the End of the School Year

    on May 19, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Featured, Instructional Strategies • with Comments


    With only weeks of school left, it’s easy for students and teachers to check out. The weather is nice. The state exams are behind us and with them a certain sense of urgency. This time of year can drive a teacher crazy. In many schools including my own in New York City, students have been cooped up all winter. With the arrival of warm weather they’re practically vibrating in their seats with excitement to get outdoors. Many schools in New York City lack access to sufficient outdoor play space even in the warmer months, which can

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