Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • Integrating the Arts

    on Oct 1, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments


    Budget cuts have been happening for quite some time and when programs are axed, the arts are usually the first to go. We live in a time when the arts aren’t appreciated as much as they used to be. Students are not given the chance to form opinions about art, music and theatre simply because exposure is not a priority. I still believe the arts are important and students need to be exposed to different types of art in order to form educated opinions about it. Mondays and Fridays are dedicated ‘art days’ in my

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  • Latest and Greatest Apps: Green Screen & Open Gallery

    on Oct 1, 14 • in Educational Apps, Featured, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments


    Year 2 of 1:1 iPad classroom is in full swing. Students have their Apple I.D.s, their workhorse apps and access to the Haiku Learning Management Platform for online class resources. It has been a slow to transition back into work flow even though they are excited to game or text chat any moment a teacher leaves them with out direction.  I decided to manage a balance  of incentives with a high bar for product and performance. I want students to want to explore learning with as much interest in the text about as they are have in who is dating who

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  • Where Are You From? Connecting Students to the World

    on Sep 30, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Social Studies • with Comments


    Our students often have a difficult time connecting to the big world outside their everyday lives.  I had a rich and in-depth activity that I loved to do with my students to allow them the opportunity to connect themselves to a bigger world and to each other. It often resulted in comments like these: “My parents came to Chicago from Kosovo in 2000 because of a war.” “My great-great-great-great, or something, Valentin Schwartz, came from Prussia in 1871 to help rebuild Chicago after the Great Fire.” “My grandparents came to Chicago in 1968 from Mexico

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  • Extending A Helping Hand: Mentor

    on Sep 24, 14 • in Elementary Classrooms, Opinion • with Comments


    Teaching is a blending of science and art.  Colleges across the nation prepare teachers to write lesson plans, understand discipline and teach content.  Interwoven in a great classroom, however, is experience and heart.  If you are a new teacher, find veteran teachers in your building who have strengths and ask questions.  If you are a veteran teacher, find teachers in your building who have strengths and ask questions.  We can all learn. And we can all mentor. I am honored to be part of a mentoring program in my district this school year.  We spent

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  • Before the Storm: Behavior Strategies for Prevention Purposes

    on Sep 24, 14 • in Special Education • with Comments


    Think of that kid in the room that just can’t seem to make it through the class period. Things just seem to set that student off for some reason, and you don’t know what to do. Up until now, you’ve probably used strategies for handling the behavior after it’s already happened. But before you batten down the hatches again, here are some behavior strategies to use before the storm. Offer choices whenever possible - That’s right. Give the student choices on things that you can handle giving them free reign over. Maybe it’s okay for him

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