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
Every year I collaborate with colleagues to host a high school field trip to a local college campus. We explore art collections, tour the campus and give students time to explore the nearby downtown for a brief respite. The goal of connecting artistic perspective to their interpretations of world history is tangential to the elation students enjoy with a day away from school. This encourages me to create a study planner for the art collections that guide students to and through analytical process without it seeming a chore. This year, I made it user friendly for the iPad or any
The school to home link is very important to me. Many people view today’s education as starting and stopping in the classroom. Learning is an ongoing process and needs to continue from the classroom to home and back again. But parents tell me all the time that they don’t know how to ‘teach’ their children, forgetting that they were their child’s first teacher. In order to help with this misnomer I have several school to home activities that I provide for my families. To continue social studies concepts and topics, Gilligan the Traveling Gator goes
I am always looking for ways to make the school-to-home link. I think all too often we expect our parents to follow through, but forget that they are not always equipped with the necessary tools needed to do so. A lot of times parents don’t know where to look or even what to look for in order to meet certain needs of their students. We all know that the ‘leveled readers’ at the library do not really meet phonetic or sight word needs for some readers, nor do the workbooks that can be purchased. We
News stories are generally written in what is commonly known as the inverted pyramid style, in which the opening paragraph features the “5 Ws” of journalism: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. The reason for this style is so that the reader gets the most important information up front. Given the amount of time readers have today to read the amount of news generated in a 24 hour news cycle, the inverted pyramid makes sense. In contrast, 150 years ago a dispatch by the Associated Press took a storytelling approach when President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination
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