Posts Tagged ‘curriculum’
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.
By staff writers, eSchool News, April 13, 2013 — As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.
In “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook,” a recent SETDA report, the group issued three recommendations to help school leaders and policy makers guide and implement the use of digital content:
- Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years, beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle
- Develop a vision and roadmap for completing the shift, eliminate unnecessary or ineffective policies and regulations, invest in infrastructure and devices, and ensure effective implementation of digital learning policies
- Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content
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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged arts, classroom, common core, curriculum, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, history, lesson plan, pbs, pbs learningmedia, shakespeare, video, WGBY, writing on February 15, 2013 |
Recently, you might have seen Shakespeare Uncovered take on Hamlet and The Tempest. This great series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of celebrated hosts such as Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons and Joely Richardson to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.
We invite you to see Shakespeare Uncovered as a series of splendid “short courses” made easy with episodes available for streaming. Designed for immediate use in high school classrooms, an educator site provides a robust collection of lesson plans and curricular materials — which adhere to national learning standards – and contain video segments, comprehensive instructions for classroom implementation, printable student handouts, links to online resources, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Just a few of the lessons for grades 9-12 are Talking to Myself: Hamlet’s Soliloquies, All the Globe’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Theatre and Women’s Roles in As You Like It. PBS LearningMedia, a digital library for teachers, also has scores of classroom resources on Shakespeare for grades 6-13+.
With the potential challenges of winter weather, online courses can be the best way to meet your professional development needs. Offering courses with the quality you expect from PBS, TeacherLine’s Winter Term begins on January 23rd. You can explore the full catalog of online courses to discover what courses will serve your teaching practice. In addition to the many courses that educators continue to value, here are two new ones:
MATH522: Teaching Math (Grades K-2): A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
For K-2nd grade teachers | 45 Hours | Syllabus | Sign Up
This inquiry-based course offers math teachers a deep-dive into the NCTM process standards. During the course, teachers will explore ways to expand their practice, and develop lesson plans for each of the five standards.
SCIE572: The Habitable Planet: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science-A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
For 9-12th grade teachers | 45 Hours | Syllabus | Sign Up
This course helps to provide a background for understanding and discussing the different Earth systems: geophysical systems, the atmosphere, the oceans, and natural ecosystems. Examine the unique characteristics that make our planet habitable and investigate the effects of human activity on different natural systems.
Are you anxious to try some new and innovative techniques this year to engage your students and prepare them for the 21st century? In October, Teaching Channel Presents and PBS LearningMedia invite the educational community in our region to observe master teachers do just that. You can learn how to incorporate digital literacy, the common core standards, the arts, and science technology into your classroom. (Season 2 premieres on WGBY World on Sunday, September 23 at 5:00a.m.)
Now in its second season, Teaching Channel Presents is a groundbreaking series showcasing inspired teaching in America’s K-12 classrooms. Each weekly one-hour episode focuses on a compelling issue facing education today, a wide variety of topics including the New Teacher Experience, Bullying, The Common Core State Standards, Digital Literacy, and the Arts. For more information and a free online library of more than 500 videos featuring real teachers in real classrooms, please visit http://www/teachingchannel.org.
For now, check out one of their videos on teaching the Common Core Standards in Elementary School.
As busy as the start of the school year can be, reflective teachers often realize what they need to learn to be even better at what they do. With time and cost a factor for most people, online courses are meeting the needs of a growing number of younger and older students. As evidence mounts for just how effective high-quality online learning can be, more people are turning to their computers to log into class.
PBS TeacherLine has been a trusted professional development source for thousands in our region and may serve your professional learning plans this year. Starting September 19th and October 24th, PBS TeacherLine is offering 45+ courses that span grade levels and curriculum, most of which are available for graduate credit.
Among courses open for enrollment, starting September 19th:
Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching (TECH570), 45 hours
Among those open for enrollment, starting October 24th:
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (RDLA157), 45 hours
Searching and Researching on the Internet (TECH325), 30 hours
Improving Reading Comprehension (RDLA192), 45 hours
If you have any questions about PBS TeacherLine or a particular course, please contact me at 413.781.2801, ext. 292.