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TeacherKit (App)

TeacherKit is a fantastic all-in-one administrative and organizational app for classroom teachers.  With very intuitive and fluid controls any teacher can easily create, maintain and share all of their classroom details using one paperless method!

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Math Fight (App)

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We are going to start our App Reviews with a very simple app.  Math Fight lets you go head to head against another person/student to test, and improve, your math skills.
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Rhyme Bags (Language)

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I made these Rhyme Bags for the younger students in the Enrichment Program I was running during the summer.  They are very easy to make and the kids love to create words using the pieces.

Making your own Rhyme Bags:

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The Whistle Game (Phys. Ed.)

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If you are in a Gym Class, or need to do some DPA, the chances are that you have a whistle… which is all you need for this fun and exciting game.

Tell your students to line up on one side of the gym (if you are playing this outside you need to establish a squared off area with four ‘walls’ or boundaries). Explain the simple rules for The Whistle Game and have some fun.

THE WHISTLE GAME:

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Teaching Language with LEGO :)

Our second LEGO post of the day!  See  Teaching Math with LEGO for some great ways to create engaging math lessons.

 

For this post we will be looking at using LEGO, or other blocks/bricks, to enhance Language Arts lessons.

Teaching Language Arts With LEGO

from Amy at Milk and Cookies.  FULL ARTICLE HERE

Like our LEGO Math post Amy is focusing on using the LEGO brings to supplement previous learning, and to create less of a learning curve for future learning.

 “Learning to spell probably ranks second, behind reading, as the most important language arts skill”

 

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Teaching Math with LEGO :)

Everyone LOVES LEGO… everyone.  I came across this earlier today and thought I would share it.

See our second LEGO post, Teaching Language with LEGO.

Using Lego to Build Math Concepts

This is straight from Scholastic.com, written by  Alycia Zimmerman 

FULL ARTICLE HERE

Before we get into the article I also found a really cool video that shows the basic premise of the article in action.

This looks like a great way to use manipulatives to enhance your math lessons!

The great thing about Alycia’s article, as with the Teaching Language with Lego article, on the Scholastic website is that she goes much more in-depth, even including worksheets to go along with the lego bricks.  You can download all of the handouts right from the article, such as this really simple Part-Part-Total (Whole) sheet.

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ARTICLE: How to Praise

How to Praise Your Kids the Right Way Without Spoiling Them in the Process

BY:  Sumitha Bhandarkar

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Although this article is written for parents it can easily apply to teachers.  The author focuses on her views on how to praise children without spoiling them, or turning them away from creativity.  How can we praise our students in a way that gives them the most appropriate feedback?

“The key however, is to understand what kind of praise is appropriate in which situation.”

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Tech Week Recap

Tech Week has come and gone.  We posted a lot of great information for all New Teachers, here is a recap.

We even got re-tweeted and favourited for our posts on Sesame IO and Sesame Snap!

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Mr.S

Tech: Sesame Snap

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If you read our review on Sesame you need to check out Sesame Snap.  Although you can use Sesame IO as a stand alone service there is a much better experience if you connect it with Sesame Snap.  Snap allows you to use your iOS or Android (or BB10 device using the Android app) to take pictures and videos or student work, you can assess the work right on the mobile device.  After the work is documented you can sync it with your Sesame IO account, and the Student Profile will be updated.  You can comment on the student work and even share it with the student’s parents within seconds.

If you are interested in Sesame IO you should definitely get the Sesame Snap app as well!

Enjoy!
Mr.S

Tech: Sesame IO

 

So far this week we have focused on Technology that makes it easier for teachers to remember and save their various digital files.  Today we will be discussing Sesame IO which is a fantastic Unit/Lesson Planning Software that allows a great deal of flexibility, creativity and connectivity.

It may be a little difficult to understand the concept before you see it for yourself, so we are going to start with the official introduction video. This video is a bit fast, but don’t worry, we will be breaking it down.

So there you have it, a robust online system to help you keep track of absolutely everything.  Sesame IO has the potential to become your calendar, planner, assessment binder/folder, student progress log, curriculum checklist and MUCH MORE!

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