Jul 23, 2016
Learning Methodology 173 Views
Every time that I work with teachers and students I walk away with so many ideas buzzing in my head. Observation and engagement are excellent ways to expand learning and gain insight. And they are enlightening.
One classroom of fourth graders busily prepared for national testing, a round-up exam of material taught during the school year to gather data to assess what students know and can do and what needs to be retaught or reinforced. These kids were working diligently multiplying to create equivalent fractions. I have nothing against multiplying and I love fractions but I do not understand why 4th graders would need to know this other than as an exercise in learning a new concept and practicing following directions. Really, when you think about it, equivalent fractions are a complex idea and used primarily to reduce fractions (for example, 4/6 to 2/3) which requires dividing. Relevancy, however, appears to be beside the point.
Students spent about 15 minutes reviewing and responding ...
Jul 23, 2016
Classroom Management 156 Views
Middle school is the period were students change biologically from being kids to adults, this change may pass normally for some students for their social relationships and can be challenging for other students regarding social relationships.
Changing biologically from being a kid to an adult has many changes in the student inside thoughts, feelings and emotions and from the outside regarding the ways to deal with others in this critical period and if there is no awareness for the student in the middle school period, he or she can have social skills problems dealing with people and with his or her feelings, thoughts and emotions.
Let me tell you this story that explains the change that happens to Andy in his middle school period.
Andy was a kid that finished elementary school successfully, he was preparing for middle school but he never thought about his biological changes although he always wanted to be an adult because of the following reasons:
I will be more free when I am an adult
Jul 23, 2016
Teaching 88 Views
The Internalization of Narrative Story
What happened to my son's passion for learning, his overwhelming curiosity, and his constant drive to produce? These are questions that I've asked myself over the past 8 years of my son's formal education beginning in Kindergarten at our community public school. Prior to these years, he quite literally filled our house with his writings and drawings. We bought enough reams of card stock to fill a small warehouse. In addition, we had boxes of markers and crayons, along with tape, glue, and scissors. He was constantly producing stories related to his life experiences connected to Thomas the Tank Engine and SpongeBob SquarePants. Not only did he create his own written and illustrated stories based on the characters from these TV shows, he also created physical, action stories by building the characters out of Legos and then narrating a verbal story as he manipulated them. He even developed stop-action-video stories with his iPod and voice-over ...
Jul 23, 2016
Young Learners 43 Views
Online Spanish Classes!
Spanish is the most common second language in the world and the most popular language taught in the United States schools. One reason it seems Spanish is the most popular second language, is over 20 countries claim it as their first language and over 400 million people speak it. More people on earth today speak two or more languages. With numbers like that it seems we all should learn a little bit of this popular language.
In high school I spent time in France after completing my required classes in French. Once I returned home I rarely ever spoke it again. I regret that I have lost that language. My son does attend preschool Spanish, but I will push to keep him exposed to the Spanish culture and language as he gets older so that doesn't happen to him.
Improving Cognitive Development
That is a group of words we all like to see when speaking our children's education. Research shows that it is best to start a child in Spanish or any type of language class at age ...
Jul 23, 2016
E-Learning/CALL 49 Views
There are apps can help you learn a new language faster and more easily. Even if you want to sharpen the skills of a language that you already know, these language learning apps will prove helpful. So whether you want to learn a new language to be able to communicate with people in their native language or simply to build your resume, these apps will help you reach your goal. You can use them to learn words in many different languages.
Best language learning apps
To get started with Duolingo, simply open the app and select the language you would like to learn. Duolingo uses text, images, and audio to guide through the new language. The goal is to associate the translation sound with the visuals of the pictures and texts, and then manually translate the sound back into your native language. Each section you complete will move you to more complex tasks, to enhance your sentence structure and vocabulary.
Works with: Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Languages: Spanish, French, ...