Archive for the ‘Management’ Category

  • Choices: The Key to Differentiated Instruction

    on Jan 12, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    choices_ the key to differntiated

    Students have choices. Choice is of the key elements on our new evaluation system, but sometimes I do not have time to offer students a choice. We all are busy, and thinking of new and creative projects is sometimes exhausting and frankly many do not meet the new common core standards. But incorporating choice makes differentiated instruction all the more easy to plan. So here are a few ideas I love that give students choices and challenge them. 1. The Multiparagraph Composition. I don’t know about you, but if I have no desire to read seventy essays on

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  • Differentiation in Science and Social Studies: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

    on Jan 7, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Science, Social Studies • with Comments


    A common occurrence across the country is taking students and grouping them by abilities in order to better meet their needs. It is a perfect sounding theory. But once those students are grouped by ability, are they all exactly the same? Absolutely not. So, exactly how do you differentiate for those students within a similar population? Here are 3 things that I have learned over the years. -Learning Styles: Remember that wonderful Dr. Howard Gardner that we all read about in college? He had a theory that every person has what are called multiple intelligences. These

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  • Elementary Math: One Approach to Differentiation

    on Jan 6, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Mathematics • with Comments

    Elementary Math

    When I was an elementary student, many years ago, I was a quick learner.  I remember sitting in the classroom and looking for ways to challenge myself.  I was often reading/working ahead or helping others around me.  I was thrilled when I made it  into junior high and was able to take upper level math classes.  Here, for the first time, I found some challenge and was able to dive into new information.  In college I earned on a dual degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Learning about the process of learning children go through was interesting and

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  • Don’t Discount Trauma For Young Children

    on Dec 3, 14 • in Featured, Management, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy Charles Schultz

    I had my eyes really opened today by one of my students who lost his house in the 2012 Oklahoma tornado. We were talking about how the things we are thankful for change as we get older. This young man is 11. He and his family lost EVERYTHING. House. Cars. Belongings. Everything except their lives and their dog. People who haven’t gone through an experience like this seem to discount the idea that the ‘stuff’ was lost, but ‘thank goodness more lives weren’t lost.’ This mentality is definitely a state of mind of those of

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  • Coping with a Different Child

    on Nov 17, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    Each class has one, that quirky child who just can’t seem to fit in. Even the nicest kids aren’t sure how to handle them. I could be a psychological issue, a hygiene issue, the desire to cling to everyone, the OCD boss, or the super-social ADHD student who just cannot be quiet. As adults we understand the class’ uncertainty but we know the importance of working with everyone. We understand the need to belong and have a place in the group. We also empathize with the other students. These outliers wear us down, too. You

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