Archive for the ‘Instruction&Curriculum’ Category

  • 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

    manos-union-color2-1113fg-v-554 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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  • Why Teachers Should Be Obsessed With THE THOMAS JEFFERSON HOUR

    on Jul 17, 14 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    Thomas Jefferson (Image: public domain)

    For the past decade I have been nursing a steady but intensifying obsession with The Thomas Jefferson Hour. The Thomas Jefferson Hour is radio at its absolute best. Writer, scholar, and to my way of thinking, genius and national treasure, Clay Jenkinson, plays the part of Thomas Jefferson. For an hour each week he and a host field questions from listeners relating to all things Jeffersonian. I have attended Mr. Jenkinson’s live performance three times—twice when taking on the persona of Jefferson and once as Theodore Roosevelt—and every time I leave the performance with a

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  • Recalling ISTE 2014 : Sarah’s Report

    on Jul 15, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum • with Comments

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    From June 28 through July 1 (Saturday-Tuesday), thousands and thousands of ed tech enthusiasts braved the heat and humidity of Atlanta, GA to attend the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education Conference and Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. Since I am a local, I was one of those thousands. This is the conference to attend if you want to see the newest trends in ed tech and to learn the newest and best strategies for using ed tech in the classroom. I spent four days wondering the massive floors of ISTE2014, and

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