Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Summer is coming!

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, parents are asking "What can we do with the kids over the summer to keep their skills up?"  Scholastic has some great ideas for activities on their website.  Just click on:


and you will find a collection of activities to enjoy over the summer.  Do you know of other websites with activities?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It? | Edutopia

What Exactly Is "Understanding?" And How Do We Assess It? | Edutopia

With the end of the school year coming up, educators are assessing students in order to measure how much growth the student have (hopefully) made over the year.  Take a look at Terry Heick's article on Edutopia for a discussion on this topic.  What types of data are you looking for and how do you measure it?  Do you think students are too fatiqued from state testing at the end of the year to give an accurate idea of where their skills lay?  Share your experiences in the comments section.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A great Reading and Math resource!

I love collecting new resources for teachers.  I mean I really LOVE finding them!  You might say I am obsessed with collecting things I can share with teachers.  I visited a new site today and could not wait to get to this post and reccommend it to everyonoe!  Go on over to http://www.readtennessee.org/.  It is a fantstic resource of reading, math, and social/emotional resources for early grades.  The Common Core Standards are also available on this site.  There are lots of things for parents and educators to look at and a great section on community resources.  So take a look and let me know what you think. :)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Conflict Resolution in the Classroom

It is that time of year; state testing has just finished, the weather is warming up, and the arguements are breaking out between the students.  What is it about the end of the year that seems to attract the arguing behavior? 

The arguements aren't about anything huge or world-changing.  It's "You stepped on my foot!" or " Why are you lookin' at me?".  As a teacher, you aren't able to mediate each and every arguement.  You would never have enough time to teach if you did mediate everything! 

So the question is:  How can children mediate their own arguements?  There is a great article on the Responsive Classroom website that discusses this topic.  Just click on :  Responsive Classroom website.  If you have any additional ideas, please feel free to share them in the comment section.