Over this long weekend that celebrates Thanksgiving, we want to thank our readers for their work educating young people. Some, unaware of the dedication and determination it takes to be effective teachers, may joke about the number of days off in a school calendar. From 30+ years of teaching, I know that these breaks are needed to refresh ourselves, renew our energy, and reflect on our practice.
Practice teaching is not just a 6 or 8 week assignment but a lifetime of daily caring for students, believing in their potential, and cultivating their young minds. Angela Duckworth says in the PBS TED Talks Education special that “Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Lasting success in any field takes grit and determination for long-term goals, and often teachers never know how their work affects students’ futures.
So we thank you and hope you enjoy these precious moments with family and friends. We’ll be here for you again on Monday to support you in your practice.
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One-to-one initiatives are touted for their ability to engage students and help them cultivate valuable tech skills they will carry with them to college and the workforce. But teachers and administrators must make sure that technology used in one-to-one initiatives is used properly as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. In the November 5th issue of eSchool news, Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, reports on eight free assessment tools available for measuring your one-to-one programs.
Read the entire article by clicking here.
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One of the BIG lessons we can teach students is to be confident in their problem solving, especially when they make mistakes or have undesirable outcomes. Since it’s never too soon to be determined and dauntless in tackling challenges, here are three challenges from Design Squad for budding engineers, even when they don’t think they can be scientists someday.
MAKE A ROBOT:
Teach your students to build their own mini robot out of a toothbrush head, a coin battery and a pager motor. Follow this link to a how-to video and step-by-step instructions.
Challenge your students to design and build an airbag system that can safely land an egg dropped onto the floor. Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.
Students will love building this dance pad that helps them move to the rhythm and step to the beat! Follow this link to a how-to video and this link to step-by-step instructions.
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Produced by WGBH in Boston, Martha Speaks is a fantastic PBS Kids program that takes its name from a beloved dog, Martha, who can talk. Why? Because she eats alphabet soup! And with so many letters in her head, Martha effectively teaches children new vocabulary words, some of which will astonish you.
At the start of the holiday season, children will immediately warm to the family-themed MARTHA’S THANKSGIVING, a special episode where Martha searches for her long-lost canine family as her owner, Helen, has an extended family coming together for Thanksgiving. The program airs on WGBY this Monday, November 25, and again on Thanksgiving Day at 6:30am, a time that usually finds kids ready to start their day!
Parents and teachers don’t have to rise early to discover the great learning resources that accompany Martha Speaks. At the Martha Speaks Parent and Teacher’s website, you’ll find expert research and activities as well as curriculum for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies and Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club — all great resources that support students oral vocabulary growth.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged curriculum, grades 3-5, grades K-2, literacy, martha speaks, Martha's Thanksgiving, oral vocabulary, PBS Kids, prek, teaching, WGBH, writing |
As schools begin implementing the Common Core State Standards, experts say that this could be an opportune time for districts to explore eBooks, specifically because eBooks’ technology features can help fulfill many Common Core requirements. So reports Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, in the November 14th issue of eSchool News. As schools face shrinking budgets, eBooks could well be one solution. The article lists six ways in which eBooks can help implement Common Core Standards.
Read the entire article by clicking here.
A related site to this issue that you may find of value is PBS LearningMedia can help support Common Core Standards.
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