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ClassDojo Now Allows You To Share Your "Class Story"

In education, the discussion about the social media presence of the school, teachers and staff is a tough one to have. Student privacy is no joke, …

Letter Practice and Concentric Circles

I think that five and six-year-olds have a strange desire to destroy things...it's the same desire that makes them want to tear paper into small …

Back In Business

Wow. It has been quite awhile. In kindergarten terms, it has been quite literally forever since my last blog post.<p>There is a reason, though.<p>I moved.<p>I …

The First Hours of Kinder (& Beyond!)

Does teaching the first day of of Kindergarten scare you? Don’t be scared, be smart and realistic about what should happen! Here are some quick tips …

Kids

12 Nuggets of 21st-Century Learning

Nugget #2: The Poster<p>Like so many of our schools and districts, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School (Georgia) has created their own version of 21st …

Great teacher = great results? Wrong

Sir Michael Barber, once a chief education adviser to Tony Blair, introduced one of the enduring modern myths about education when he quoted an unnamed South Korean policymaker in 2007, who said: “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.” This great teacher myth …

Teaching

Touchtronic Letters Review/Giveaway

I recently was in Atlanta at the EDexpo and got to check out the newest educational materials and supplies. One of those things were the Touchtronic …

14 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

Protractor<p>Even on an iPad, a protractor can be used as a tool to measure angles. Children can simply practice making acute and obtuse angles by …

What Personalized Learning Is Not

I seem to have become an advocate for personalized learning, it wasn’t intentional, nor do I think I am good one for the cause. I believe in creating …

Teaching

4 Tips to Build Student Confidence

1. Say It Out Loud<p>When students encounter material for the first time, it is helpful if they can talk it out with a peer or teacher. This might be in …

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way. Teacher and administrators all …

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

1. Set the Tone<p>I firmly believe that a student's misbehavior in the past does not necessarily equate to future indiscretions. At the beginning of the …

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Calculating Cognitive Depth<p>For classroom teachers, the more important question is one of practice: how do we create rich environments where all …

Pedagogy

This Blog Just Ate My Robots

I write this post with a sore right arm from throwing playground balls and soccer balls around a gym. At indoor recess (for the bazillionth time this …

Bright children should start school at six, says academic

Formal schooling should be delayed by at least 12 months because an over-emphasis on the three-Rs at an early age can cause significant long-term damage to bright children, according to a leading academic.<p>Pupils should not be subjected to full classroom tuition until the age of six to off-set the …

Smells Like Teen Numbers (KidLit and EdTech, Too)

This week in kindergarten-land was a crazy one. Between my being out a good portion of the week with sick kids, and all of our two-hour delays, it …

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context<p>As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating …

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

• Focus their eyes on the speaker<br>• Be quiet<br>• Be still<br>• Empty their hands<br>• Listen.<p>There is also the "three fingers" version, which stands for stop, look, and …

Teaching

The best bedtime story apps for iPad

Bedtime stories are a wonderful way to spend time with your kids before they go to sleep. It’s a bonding opportunity that sparks their imaginations …

Testing Time and ESL

It is a dreaded time of year in third grade (and maybe just generally for everyone). February-April is testing season in Indiana and third graders …

Do Kids Really Learn From Playing Educational Games on Tablets?

Last night while helping my 8-year-old son do his weekly spelling homework, my 5-year-old, always looking to divert attention his way, told me he'd learnt how to write the letters A and Z while playing an alphabet and phonics learning game on my tablet. "Would you like me to write the big or little …

The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

<b>6 Ways Teachers Respond To Education Technology</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p><b>The Backstory of the Pencil Metaphor</b><p>If you’re looking for the 6 ways part–well, …

The Global Search for Education: Our Top 12 Global Teacher Blogs -- What Will Be the Most Significant Classroom Innovation in the Next 10 Years?

Did someone say Oscar winners? As far as we know, our Top 12 haven't won any Oscars - yet - but they did win our hearts and our votes as the Best Global Teacher Blogs of 2014. We liked their innovative ideas so much, we decided to invite these talented 12 back each month to answer one big picture …

Teaching Kids to Code

There is a craze going on. Have you heard? (That was a rhetorical question.) Yes, it is the craze of teaching kids to code and to code EARLY because, …

LinkedIn

Kindergarten Close Reading MEGA Post!

Our Boys Need Us: The Power of Mentoring

We can teach them that courage is not revealed in bravado. Sometimes it is demonstrated in the stillness of a Dutch Jewish girl hiding in an attic …

Mentoring

EdTech as a Motivator and Vessel of Knowledge

There's this girl in my class. She is an underperforming student, who has had a number of absences (a startling number, actually), and who is very …

#edchat about Class Dojo

Being married to a teacher is exhausting because you work really hard all day (one on her feet is worth three in the seat, you know?) then spend all …

Improve Reading Skills with Mystery Books

<b>They’re big on details</b><br>Was there a footprint in the attic? A sock left on the floor? Mysteries are full of little details that could prove to be …