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Teachers: How to Talk to Children at Play

Posted by ericcipra

February 10, 2012, 12:53 pm

EdWeek’s Teacher Leader Network ecently posted an excellent post identifying five ways a teacher should approach talking to children at play. Using these strategies will help facilitate purposeful play and ensure play-based learning is as useful as possible. Read the tips here.

A Great List of Teaching Resources!

Posted by ericcipra

January 30, 2012, 8:14 pm

In a recurring post titled “Teach This!”, the Cool Cat Teacher Blog offers links to a litany of classroom resources. This week, they’ve dug up some interesting items related to the Chinese lantern festival, Charles Dickens, a math challenge, a debate database, and ideas for celebrating the 100th day of school -- among other general teaching resources. If you’re in need of new and timely ideas, be sure to check it out!

Redesigning Teachers

Posted by ericcipra

January 21, 2012, 1:08 am

As part of its ongoing series, Studio 360, an initiative between Public Radio International and WNYC (New York Public Radio), commissioned a redesign of the “apple crapple” that traditionally comes to mind when the public thinks of teachers.

Free Library of STEM-related Video Courseware

Posted by ericcipra

January 11, 2012, 2:37 pm

MIT has developed a new array of 50 free video lessons -- each approximately 50 minutes in length and collectively referred to as BLOSSOMS -- aimed at supporting science and math-related teaching and learning at the high school level. Read the full post at Edukwest (via THE Journal).

Free Educational Computer Games

Posted by annamarkowitz

October 07, 2009, 8:17 am

Check out Curriculum Bits for interactive computer games for you students. These are great games to do at home or in the classroom.

Certification Map

Posted by Beardy

August 06, 2009, 3:05 pm

Interested in being a teacher? Or are you doing research on how people go about getting certified across the states? Or perhaps you want to know how to get into teaching with an alternative to certification?

 

I just stumbled across a great website that summarizes answers to all of those questions: Certification Map. Their site has a handy map to help you navigate. Take a look - it's almost teaching season again - this could be your answer to a new career.

A book on going green

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 20, 2009, 12:13 pm

Hey Teachers,

 

Are you looking for a children's book on going green so you can teach your students about what they can do to save the environment? Check out the book Sammy and Sue Go Green Too!

 

Here is a little blurb about the book:

 

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 18, 2009, 3:13 pm

The other day I was trying to wrap my head around what one Trillion dollars look like. Would it fit on a soccer field or a classroom? How much is a trillion dollars really? I think this is something that students would find interesting too. So I started looking for things online and found this tool which shows students what large amounts of money looks like: "What does one TRILLION dollars look like?"

 

The Story Of Stuff

Posted by annamarkowitz

May 11, 2009, 12:13 pm

For all of you teachers out there who are looking for a good way to teach your kids about "going green" or the limit of the earth's resources, check out this 20 minute video called the Story of Stuff.  This video has a very liberal spin (it was created by a woman who used to work at Greenpeace), but it has some great information and is done in a very kid friendly way. Check out the youtube video

 

FREE Leveled Library

Posted by sfrancisco

May 08, 2009, 8:37 pm

by Steven Francisco, Innovation Teaching

 

With standardized testing nearing completion, the school year drawing to a close, and your students used to your routines and values, now is the time to prepare your library for the next school year while motivating summer reading: it's time to inventory and level your class library. It's also the perfect time to use a free tool designed to make the entire process easier than ever. LeveledLibrary.com.

 

Is the Swine Flu Closing Schools?

Posted by Beardy

April 29, 2009, 4:30 pm

According to the Associated Press, only 100 schools across the nation have closed their doors out of fear of the spreading swine flu. But will that stop the spread? What is your school doing? As a teacher, are you prepared to continue lessons beyond the classroom? Consider preparing for lessons distributed over the internet or involving other forms of media. Check out resources on LinkEducation.org for great programs given across the internet.

Meet a Teacher #4: Engagement First

Posted by Rhodie

April 17, 2009, 1:27 am

Meet a NYC Teacher: Kevin Edwards

 

This article doesn’t begin here.  It begins beneath the horizontal line a few paragraphs down.  Toward the end of the article, there will be a test. The test will consist of four questions.  Your performance on this test will determine whether or not you are allowed to read the next Meet a Teacher entry on LinkEd.  Answers for this test will be based on information gleaned from this page, as well as on your personal experiences.

Chocolate, Science and Nutrition in the Classroom?

Posted by Beardy

March 27, 2009, 9:40 am

Chocolate, science and nutrition. How can these three topics be compatible in the classroom?

Just Next Door, Classrooms Jump to Fight Obesity

Posted by Beardy

March 26, 2009, 4:45 pm

As teachers, you may already be aware of the incredible obesity crisis in our country. Nearly every one in six children from 2-year-olds through 19-year-olds is considered obese. Just because state law only requires public schools outside of New York City to report a summary of students' weight status, does not mean our schools should neglect the issue.

 

Teachers: Create Math Worksheets!

Posted by Beardy

March 12, 2009, 12:00 pm

Teachers, how long do you spend looking for and/or creating worksheets for class? Well I think I have a solution for you. This week for Meet a Teacher, I am sharing an incredible resource with you, tested by another teacher. It is the worksheet generator... http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/

 

Home School Math has a number of worksheet generators that you can for various grade levels, different topics, and they have answers! My friend uses this site every week to create workbooks for his GED class. Take a look. You might find it helpful too!

 

Meet a Teacher #4: Teacher’s Wants vs. Student’s Needs

Posted by Beardy

March 05, 2009, 7:31 pm

“Show me a school where teachers are learning, and I’ll show you a school where students are learning.” - Deborah Meier

Celebrate Teachers that Paved the Way: Helen Weinstein, A Teacher of Principals

Posted by Beardy

March 04, 2009, 12:55 pm

New York Teacher celebrates the teachers who have paved the way for the freedoms we have today in our own classrooms. Take a moment to read the story of Helen Weinstein, a teacher given a classroom of 50 first graders, who fought and paid for her rights and the rights of her students. http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/newyorkteacher_12303.htm

Go Green! with Science...

Posted by Beardy

February 26, 2009, 5:25 pm

Teachers - green is the new black these days! Teach your students the value of a green environment through experiments or fun field trips. NYC has a number of great programs teaching NYC citizens how to go green.

 

Meet a Teacher #3: Supporting You Child's Development as a Reader (Part II)

Posted by Beardy

February 19, 2009, 4:48 pm

Meet NYC Teacher Samuel Ronford, Part II: Last week we talked about the need for young readers to develop fluency – the ability to read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Being able to read fluently is important because it helps us comprehend what we read. It is a necessary part but it is not sufficient. After all, how many of us realize after reading a couple of pages that we can't remember what we just read?

Meet a Teacher: Supporting Your Child's Development as a Reader

Posted by Beardy

February 12, 2009, 11:52 pm

Meet NYC teacher, Samuel Ronfard: It wasn't until I started teaching reading about three years ago that I realized how complicated reading is. If I asked you whether you were a good reader, I am sure you would respond: "yes". But, what does it mean to be a good reader? Is it just being able to read letters on a page? Is it understanding what we read? And what does it mean to understand what we read?