This is just one example, and because it was given to me as a student I don’t know how professionally viable it is vs. what other seasoned teachers may have created. But I look at it as a good starting point, which can be modified to your needs according to your own creativity!
The professor who…
I am a huge fan of using graphic organizers in the classroom. So, when I came across the concept of textmapping on Pinterest I knew I would want to save it. Textmapping focuses on the text itself and pre-reading strategies. It also allows the teacher to clearly model comprehension, writing,…
- $1 billion to boost students’ math and science performances source
» The money will finance drastically increased salaries for Corps-selected teachers — with each set to receive a $20,000 pay raise — and would require participating…
Remember how I was lamenting not having a “Goodreads for kids”?
This is basically exactly what I was looking for. Thanks to an awesome 1st grade teacher at my school (Hi, Jill!), I have started setting up a class on Biblionasium. It has all the functionality I wanted — plus an ability to sort/search by several different kinds of reading levels. I will report back once I’ve played with it more, but I am so excited to have found this resource!
Now I just have to figure out how I will integrate this with my new conception of a reader’s notebook
I explored this site this morning and I love it. I like the fact that the site focuses more on:
- Finding Good Books
- Helping students find books at a good level
- Interact with books meaningfully (book recommendations)
- Gives the teacher a report to help students grow as readers
Often you’ll find sites that are similar to Accelerated Reader (AR). My biggest problem with AR is that it all boils down to points. It sends the message reading isn’t fun, the fun is in the reward at the end. Don’t read that book because you won’t get many AR points. Can you recall basic factual knowledge to pass the AR quiz? I hate bribery, especially with reading. I love how Biblionasium gives the teacher a choice with rewards. Students are also encouraged to keep reading, just for the sake of reading.
Groundhog Day Shadows.
I agree that the real issue is the size of the celebration. I think a nice little ceremony for the students and families is a nice and affirming activity. When the celebration gets to be over the top, extravagant, or time-consuming, that’s when it becomes a problem.
Multiplication Practice: Everyone wears “multiplication name tags” throughout the day. You always call each other by their “name”. This is Mr. 32.—I LOVE this!
I’ve written before about teaching IB English, and I’ve tossed around the acronyms that are part of the program. This can be confusing, so I thought I’d use this post to clarify things (or could be further obfuscation, so let me know if you have questions).
From what I’ve seen from teaching IB Diploma Programme English for the past three years (and MYP/Pre-IB sophomore English for five years before that), if a kid can do this class, everything in college will be a breeze. They’ll learn how to budget their time, do good work, and become good thinkers and citizens of the world.
Here’s an inside look at the IB lexicon:
Learning about geography and different cultures is one of my personal favorite things. I really love this idea of having a different box for each continent with fun stuff inside pertaining to it.