As a way to connect with the other teachers I'm working with and share ideas that I happen upon while surfing the net or following conversations on our state lms listserv I'm going to try to send out weekly or bi-weekly Tuesday Teacher Tips. I'll keep them brief and only send 3-4 tips out at a time - along with some brief announcements about things happening in library.
You can already get a jump start on preparing your kids for KPREP state testing by helping them improve their mental endurance. Just like you can improve your physical endurance for a 5k, you can help your students improve on the length of time they can concentrate on a task through practice.
Each month, ask students to increase the amount of time they engage in silent reading. I love this graph over at www.julieballew.com http://www.julieballew.com/A_Literate_Life/Photos/Pages/Anchor_Charts.html#7
Smart Board Tip
When you orient your board, instead of just touching the center of each plus sign with the pen, get a more accurate orientation by touching the pen away from the plus sign and dragging it to the center of the plus sign, then release.
You may also want to use a 12 or 20 point orientation (instead of a 9) by
· Clicking on Smart Board Tools icon
· Select Control Panel
· Select Smart Hardware Settings
· From drop down menu select Orientation/Alignment Settings
· Choose 4, 9, 12, or 20—the more you choose the more accurate
Tech Tool—Random Name Generator
It allows you to enter the names of your students in a list and it will randomly draw their names—takes the place of popsicle sticks or note cards, and it can be used on the iPad.
In Honor of Our Champion Reds - Check out some books about great teams
|Made using InstaCollage|
Some books I included in the display were:
Bone - Jeff Smith
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
The Big Field - Mike Lupica
Beezus & Ramona - Beverly Cleary
Magic Tree House series books
Selections about Lewis & Clark
University of Kentucky Basketball
various NFL, NBA & MLB teams
and of course books we had on the Cincinnati Reds
This is all very fluid, and I don't have a set list at this point.
What teacher tips would you share - or what good books about teams can you think of?