Sometimes, I feel that the same lesson plan can get old over time. It is important to have variation in my lessons to keep my students excited. I do come up with my own teaching ideas but I also like to search for other ones because I am always open to trying something new. This is why I like to use linkstolearning.com as a source for hearing about other lesson activities. You should give it a try! http://www.linkstolearning.com/elementary_language_arts.htm The website has many different classroom activities for Language Arts for all ages! You can find worksheets, lesson plans, games, and links to other useful websites. I enjoy going through them and finding useful links to spice up my lesson a bit. Trust me, it will help your students learn and have fun! Jane
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After several months of carrying some pretty heavy textbooks around with me, I recently decided to switch to a Kindle Fire and start using electronic textbooks. Although there are times when a good old-fashioned book really cannot be replaced, I'm very pleased with the weight of my tutoring bag now, and my students seem to be enjoying the switch as well. I'm able to download textbooks for free in some cases ("Boundless" publishing), and I also have several different dictionaries and other reference books a tap away! Any other books I might find helpful for my students? Just a few clicks away. This also frees up my paper textbooks to loan to my students in-between sessions. Using a Kindle gives me the added benefit of being able to load educational applications to use for practice and reinforcement. Since we are in the 'computer testing' age, this also gives my students some extra practice in preparing for computerized exams. I'm sure you'll... read more
Here are some of my favorite Language Arts resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores. (K-2) Starfall.com – Practice, tutorials, and assistance with students learning phonics. (K-5) Tumblebooks.com – A free, online library of e-books for students K-5; younger students can choose to have this software read to them as they read along (K-3) Storylineonline.net – Read along to your favorite children’s stories with celebrity narrators like James Earl Jones. Sorted by title, author, and narrator. (K-12) Readwritethink.org – Click on “Parent and After School Resources,” for a great list, sorted by grade level, to help your child practice a variety of different skill sets at home (ex: giving an interview, thinking citrically, writing activities, etc) (K-5) Learninglab.org *- Provides great lessons on life skills (self-esteem, bullying,... read more
The Importance of Learning Critical Languages Make yourself unique in whatever subject matter you pursue. Today, we will talk about languages that will land you a job much faster than you think. The Problem: Americans need to clearly recognize that there is a deficiency of critical spoken languages in the U.S. The United States government has acknowledged that it seeks efforts to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Solution: In order to considerably diminish this debilitating problem, Americans need a strong network of critical language communicators that can quickly and efficiently bring defined segments of the nation up to speed in speaking critical languages. Approach: Americans should take the initiative to study, learn and master such languages using educational institutions, live human-interactive and intensive critical language instruction via the internet... read more
Speaking or writing correct grammar can be challenging at times, since many of us interact with individuals who do not always speak correctly. Reading every day is one way to help improve grammar. What method do you use to improve your grammar?
Writing and Reading Arts are recursive processes. That is they constantly impact and influence one another. The process of writing has not changed. It consists of seven basic steps: Pre-write, Rough Draft, Revise, Response Group, Edit, Teacher Conference, and Publish, grade, celebrate! The difference then is how the teacher uses strategies to impart this knowledge to the student. Practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect! It is up to the teacher to find out what modalities, the student best learns in, and present material in that way. At the same time teachers must have students work on areas of learning they are weak in, because higher education requires you be a thinker that learns from stimuli that is physical or even total physical response, for special needs, (kinesthetic), visual, auditory, graphophonic. The teacher models for the student to self monitor. Many do this by talking to themselves and asking themselves questions... read more
First and foremost, let me introduce myself. I am a Faculty working at MSDU(Metro State Denver University). I have begun my 16th year of teaching in the Fall of 2013, and every day is a new opportunity to learn things. I am currently teaching at a middle school in Arizona. My teaching philosophy is simple. I believe every child can be taught, and it is up to the educator to find that proper motivation for learning through various strategies and techniques. As I will mention below, this blog will serve mainly as a resource for parents and those looking for information about education. That being said, I will also be posting ‘tidbits‘ about the classroom for anybody interested in reading… As previously mentioned, this blog will serve as a resource for any parent looking for information about their student’s class, any teacher looking for information [grades 2 and up], or anyone looking to share ideas for the classroom. I will be posting lesson plans, homework assignments,... read more
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