Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • The Traveling Teacher: Lewis and Clark in Missoula, Montana

    on Jul 31, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Series, Social Studies • with Comments

    A Montana landscape, photographed by the author. Courtesy Jake Miller.

    In my previous travels, I’ve visited both Philadelphia and Denver. After a 3-day respite at home, I headed back for the Mountain Time Zone to experience all that Big Sky Country has to offer. What took me west this time was a Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar on Lewis & Clark, led by Elliott West out of the University of Arkansas. This was, according to our master teacher, the most coveted of all the workshops this summer, and the room was filled with 30 excited and enthused teachers to obtain more resources from one of the

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  • Science Inquiry: Take the Plunge

    on Jul 28, 14 • in Common Core, Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

    This summer the Kansas State Department of Education hosted three academies led by teachers for teachers.  I attended a session on science curriculum to learn about the next generation science standards that will be implemented in my classroom next year.  I have been teaching inquiry based science for five years (or more) and enjoy the learning process with my students.  It is exciting to see the failure turned into learning and the process of science taking place in our classroom each day. Getting kids excited about science is simple…ask them a question!  Then, the real learning

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  • Summer Selfies – Understanding Infographics

    on Jul 25, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

    Source: Infographics Archive

    Each summer our school offers flex time for professional development. Most faculty seize this opportunity to meet, work in teams, document our hours for the day and submit our accomplishment which substitute for an In Service day during the school year. Well rested educators impart work efficiency and effective collaboration. In preparation for Summer In Service, I’m also documenting my prior work flow at home. These self appointed studies are my Selfies and they are worth sharing. Without balance, work consumes me and my summertime needs: a need for adventure, a need for home management and a need for educational inspiration

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  • Announcing LeBron’s Return with Informational Space with Information Text

    on Jul 23, 14 • in Common Core, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

    Teachers are looking to include informational text in their English Language Arts classrooms, but what about informational space? The hard copy of the NYTimes Saturday Sports section on Saturday, July 12, 2014, was an opportunity to teach how space can be information. The photo above shows the front page of Sports Saturday. Students can note the banner is in the same location, floating at the top of the page with teaser photos for the content inside. Under the banner and centered on the page is  a feature that is usually on the inside of the sports section, a column of player trades and transactions in the different sports leagues

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  • Integration: Bringing it Together For Kids

    on Jul 22, 14 • in Common Core, Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

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    Dictionary.com defines integration as: “an act or instance of combining into an integral whole.”  Schools across the nation are using this idea to purposefully combine curriculum and standards in meaningful ways for student learning.  Just like making a recipe or putting together a puzzle, you must combine different pieces of your curriculum, disciplines, concepts and skills under an essential question, theme, or unit.   There are simple steps you can work through to create integrated units for your classroom, grade level, or school.  The process works best with a group because as Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a

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