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December 2012 Blog Posts (29)

Welcoming the New Year with a Slow and Steady Fire

I’m a big fan of Carly Simon. I have been for many years. I love her music, admire her talent and have been stunned by the honest ways she’s shared her life’s journey.

On this new year’s eve, I was feeling nostalgic and was searching for music on my iPod that would suit my mood.

I found it.

This song by Simon spoke to me and I knew I had to share it…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on December 31, 2012 at 6:11pm — No Comments

Welcoming the New Year with a Slow and Steady Fire

I’m a big fan of Carly Simon. I have been for many years. I love her music, admire her talent and have been stunned by the honest ways she’s shared her life’s journey.

On this new year’s eve, I was feeling nostalgic and was searching for music on my iPod that would suit my mood.

I found it.

This song by Simon spoke to me and I knew I had to share it…

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Added by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on December 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Organized Sign Ups

www.caffeinatedteaching.wordpress.com I wrote about a site I'm using for parent conference sign ups & supply donations. Truly a time saver!

Added by Betsy Spence on December 29, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments

Principal Entry Plan-The First 100 Days

Why Have an Entry Plan?
I began developing Entry Plans many years ago as I applied for head football coaching positions.  I always believed the plan played an instrumental role in getting me the job, and guided me successfully through the initial challenges of the job if I was fortunate enough to land it.  An Entry Plan…
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Added by Bill Burkhead on December 27, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Best Natual and Animal Science Apps for Elementary School Kids

Today’s Best Educational Apps for Kids list is Natual and Animal Science Apps for Kindergarden and Early Elementary School Kids (age 6 to 10).  There is another list of science apps for this age group but on other subjects, such as astronomy, physics, or chemistry.  For this…

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Added by iGameMom on December 26, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Arm Teachers?

I hate the fact that this country has been thrown into this discussion the way that it has. The events leading to this discussion were costly and horrific. As I have stated before we need to discuss the facts and not propaganda or demagogy. We should also examine the facts without emotion which, in light of events and the victims, seems an impossible task. Educators have now been thrust into the discussion as a result of so many schools being victimized. There is also a consideration by some…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on December 21, 2012 at 5:21pm — No Comments

The Tyranny of Homework: 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Assign Homework Over The Holidays

Kid with homework

Many students agree that homework over the holidays really is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Upon returning from winter break, you’ll probably have a handful of students saying the dog ate their homework or it got blown away in a winter storm. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that some research suggests too…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments

25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience

Tablet in learning

When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens.

How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:48am — 2 Comments

Gifted Education Resource for Educators and Parents- Livebinder

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Added by Jennifer Berryhill Carroll on December 20, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

The role of innovation and creation

David Hughes, founder of Decision Labs and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, argues that innovation is an essential skill for our global economy. In talking about creativity in schools he says, much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our traditional educational systems.

What we do now to educate students will not be, cannot be, what we do five…

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Added by Scott Kinkoph on December 19, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

2012 Retrospective: Making a Difference Through Education

Browse key headlines and events around the world that contributed to transforming education in 2012. http://bit.ly/12A31Y7

Added by WISE Official on December 19, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments

Top Math Apps for Early Elementary Kids

Quite few families are planning to give a tablet to the kids for a holiday gift.  After getting the device, it is time to find the good apps to put on the iPAD or iPod Touch.  I am going to start listing “Best Educational Apps for Kids” by age and subjects.  As a starter, today’s list is Math Apps for Kindergarten and Early…

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Added by iGameMom on December 18, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Top Math Apps for Pre-School Kids

Today’s “Best Educational Apps for Kids” list is for Pre-school Math.  I try to include apps addressing the pre-school math from different angles, using different approaches, since each child is different, one app works for this child, may not work for another.  Also young kids have short attention span, so it…

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Added by iGameMom on December 18, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

End of Year

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 18, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

SSummer Revision

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Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 18, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Teach Your Monster to Read

Yesterday, I bumped into one of the most enjoyable sites on reading. It is called "Teach Your Monster to Read" it is a great site for the teachers as well as for the parents. With the help of "monsters" (these are the most enjoyable figures for the YLs, VYLs.) the kids can learn how to read in an enjoyable way. Also, this site was evaluated as beneficial by Roehampton University reading authorities.I can't wait suggesting this site to my new students for…
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Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 18, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Learning English for LIFE-Communicative Projects

Last week I gave a mini-project to my students. They are studying at the prep school and what they need is not grammar. They say that they had been taught grammar in detail for many years however they could not USE the language (which is the basic aim) to COMMUNICATE.…

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Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 18, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Scholastic-Story Starters

Developing writing skills is one of the most essential things in EFL classes. We do writing in classes and everyday at home as a homework. But today I gave a writing homework on Scholastic-Story Starters web site. The site is perhaps one of the most enjoyable sites I've ever introduced to my students. They liked the idea and started to e-mail me their writing projects. Here is the link…

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Added by Elmas Onbasi on December 18, 2012 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Trying to make sense of a senseless act

This is probably the wrong time to sit down and address what has just happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All of the details are not yet out, but the news media has made many statements and assumptions that seem to hold up myths about schools that we continue to hear each time another of this growing number of horrendous incidents explodes on the TV screen. Reporters continue to ask the question, “Were all of the security and safety measures in place and adhered…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on December 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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