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    Differentiated Instruction

    Differentiated Instruction
    Schools today serve children of varying levels, backgrounds, and learning styles and one is unlikely to find a homogeneous class anywhere in America. Differentiated instruction is necessary ensure that the needs of all students are met. In my classroom, I develop lessons and activities that are appropriate for each learner. Therefore, you may find students working on a number of different ...
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    ADHD: A Crash-Free Course for Classroom Success

    ADHD: A Crash-Free Course for Classroom Success
    My first graders took a seat on the carpet for our first story time, and I began to read, "The Three Little Pigs. James, sit still." The children looked around. Was the book's title Three Little Pigs James Sit Still? They realized I was talking to one of their classmates, who was rolling on the floor. I continued, "The first little ...
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    Identity in a Bag

     Identity in a Bag
    OVERVIEW: At the beginning of the school year, it's good to get to know each other, whether it be teacher to student, or student to other students in the class. Many students do not know how to develop relationships. Their negative social attitudes and low self-esteem hinder interaction. OBJECTIVES: 1. To express personal characteristics with items from home. 2. To introduce ...
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    K-12: Getting to Know You with Toilet Paper

    K-12: Getting to Know You with Toilet Paper
    This is a simple lesson plan that can be used on the first day of school for any grade level. Hand the first student in the row a new roll of toilet paper. Explain to everyone that all you want them to do is take some. Also explain that they can take as much as they want. When they ask why, ...
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    10 Great Web Sites for Middle & High School Learning

    10 Great Web Sites for Middle & High School Learning
    Feature Topic:10 Great Websites for Middle & High School Learners 1) "Zoom Maps":http://lcweb2.loc.gov/learn/features/maps/ What it is: Zoom into Maps is an extensive collection of online maps. Maps range from 1500 AD to today. Maps include United States hometown geography, exploration and discovery, migration and settlement, travel and transportation, environmental history, military maps, pictoral maps, maps of today, and unusual maps. ...
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    Reflective Discipline

    h4. Providing students a tool for self-reflection can decrease classroom disruptions – and help identify the problems behind them There's nothing like teaching the perfect lesson, holding your students' rapt attention as you carefully and precisely guide them towards that "ah-ha!" moment – only to have your momentum thoroughly derailed by a restless student throwing a pencil at a classmate. All ...
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    The Red Ranger Challenges Santa: Are You Real?

    The Red Ranger Challenges Santa: Are You Real?
    I would say that after fifteen hundred plus days confined in small places with fourth and fifth graders I could be considered somewhat an expert regarding the mental and physical development process of eight, nine, and ten year old children. The boys and girls who pass through my classroom each year are a rare breed and care must be taken ...
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    50 Quick Ways to Reduce School Stress

    50 Quick Ways to Reduce School Stress
    h4. From Section 9 of "Discipline in the Secondary Classroom" by Julia G. Thompson. 1. Clean out your desk. Do you really need to hang on to those dried-out markers? 2. Color-code your grade book so that it’s easy to tell test grades from other averages. Use colored paper clips or folder labels to easily find the attendance records and grades ...
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    6-8: Interior Design: Designing My Dream Room

    6-8: Interior Design: Designing My Dream Room
    Students will study interior design as a profession. They will integrate their study with math, writing, vocational education, and computer skills by designing their own dream bedroom. This plan could be expanded to make three-dimensional scale constructions of a room. This is a lesson plan for Grades 6–8 English Language Arts, Visual Arts Education, Computer Technology Skills and Mathematics h4. Students ...
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    Best of 2007: Top 10 Websites for the Classroom

    Best of 2007: Top 10 Websites for the Classroom
    Great new websites pop up every day that can help teachers support academic learning. Our very own technology featured writer, Kelly Tenkely, provided her best ten web discoveries of the year. These websites can be great additions and reinforcements to your academic lessons. Students love technology- and combining learning with the technology they love can do wonders for student results. ...
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    Ready, Set, Organize!

    Some classroom management tips from a member of the Organizationally Challenged Society Many teachers are naturally well-organized, with immaculate desks and steel-trap minds. As a certified member of the Organizationally Challenged Society, however, I must work constantly to keep my classroom together. For those of you who can empathize, here are some strategies I use to stay sane. h4. Keep a ...
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    Creating Global Citizens with Online Technology

    Creating Global Citizens with Online Technology
    Character education should be a big part of your day as a teacher, no matter what subject or grade you instruct. Don't leave character ed to the school counselor or your students' parents- kids can never get too much when it comes to becoming good citizens. Featured writer, Kelly Tenkely, shares *five websites* with us that help students see the ...
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    Two Review Games: Multiplying Polynomials and FOIL

    Two Review Games: Multiplying Polynomials and FOIL
    Last week while lesson planning, I realized that the material we were covering (multiplying polynomials) lent itself well to some of my favorite learning games. I used two review/teaching games in the same 70 minute period: one covers FOIL and the other contains most other types of multiplication problems: FOIL Bingo I like that this challenges students to problem solve and ...
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    Ten Commandments of Math - Classroom Version

    There really are two versions of this one, folks! So we'll call this one the "classroom version" and the other one the "mathematician's version." The Ten Commandments of Math 1. Thou shalt not divide by zero. 2. Thou shalt not put other textbooks before thee in math class. 3. Thou shalt show thy work; check thy work and confirm that thy ...
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    6-8: The ABC's of the Three Little Pigs

    This lesson uses a familiar fairy tale to teach writing. It is designed to emphasize using varied sentence patterns in writing. *_A lesson plan for Grades 6–8 English Language Arts_* h4. Learning outcomes Students will demonstrate an understanding of varied sentence patterns by retelling the fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs" in twenty-six sentences. *_Time required for lesson: 5 Hours_* h4. ...
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    Lesson: Jackson Pollock and Mixing Colors

    Lesson: Jackson Pollock and Mixing Colors
    Art Grades 1- 4 h4. Materials poster paint, large sheets of construction paper, marbles, rubber band balls, porcupine balls, golf balls, masking tape, beverage flat boxes or gift boxes. h4. Curriculum requirements mixing colors, art history h4. Lecture Jackson Pollock was a man who always wanted to be an artist. His older brother was an artist, and when they were both ...
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    Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright

    Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright
    Happy Holidays from Teaching! No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we wish you a safe and happy time with your family and friends. We realize that music plays a big party in the holiday season. Whether you're listening to music to get in the holiday spirit or you're looking for a great music gift that lasts way ...
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    50 Actions that Will Grab Your Students’ Attention

    50 Actions that Will Grab Your Students’ Attention
    Excerpt From Section 5 of "Discipline in the Secondary Classroom" Adapted from 50 Actions that Will Grab Your Students’ Attention "There are countless ways to wake up and shake up your students. Prepared teachers take time in advance of the lesson to prevent their students from being bored in class. They combine various techniques and try all sorts of new approaches ...
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    Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though many schools honor this special event by closing for the day, it's important for students to understand the great man behind the holiday. Celebrate the history by introducing your students to a brief history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his famous speech, "I Have ...
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    A Perseverance Lesson from a Football Player

    A Perseverance Lesson from a Football Player
    * Teachers should never stop talking to students about setting positive goals, but sometimes it's nice to hear it from someone else. Teachers like to think our words are rare jewels that students scoop up and treasure their entire lives. Our words are valuable, but sometimes an outsider's message has a more dramatic impact. Here's an example. h4. The word of ...
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