What are cognates?

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Vocabulary/vocabulario, animal/animal, actor/actor, color/color are just a few of the thousand of English and Spanish cognates. Cognates are an important part of learning English. Cognates are words in two languages that have the same or similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Spanish and English cognates include: doctor/doctor, family/familia, construction, constuccion, and electricity/electricidad. Some languages like Spanish… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How I try to make keyboarding fun!

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Bulletin Board: Featured Posts, Centers, Language, Writing.

Keyboarding is an important skill but one the students tend to resist. After a little experimenting, Mrs. Mc’s Shop found an answer that worked! Generally, teaching in the computer lab is a pretty good position. The students are motivated and eager to see the lesson planned for them. Learning to create a PowerPoint presentation, designing… Read more »

Critical thinking and the future job market

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Today we have a post from Instrucology Learning Center about how students need to learn critical thinking skills to be employable in the future job market. Because our employment title will change as quickly as day into night, our students need to learn how to think. And, to think critically. As educators, we must model… Read more »

Why games for children?

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No doubt, games are fun and engaging, and we might even contemplate on using them for learning for that reason alone, but games are actually more than that.EduCafe shares why games are important for developing skills in children. Games require deep thinking; they are more than technologies, they serve as an indicative of wider gap… Read more »

Why should English teachers use self-assessment techniques in their classroom?

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Providing students with the tools to complete a self-assessment is really necessary in any type of classroom and/or subject! Adeleteacher provides some insight as to how self-assessment techniques have helped in her classroom and some ideas to get you started. I’ve used self-assessment techniques in my classroom over the years and here are some of… Read more »

Gobble up these Thanksgiving freebies

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Holiday, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Math, Parents, Pre-K, Social Studies, Writing.

The holidays are a stressful time. Let us help make holiday planning in the classroom a breeze! Here are some of our favorite free Thanksgiving classroom activities. Free Thanksgiving Toddler Mini Printable from Preschool Printables Writing, coordination and counting activities for pre-K/K. Save the Turkeys! A Fun Craftivity from Wild About Firsties Writing prompt plus… Read more »

How to differentiate instruction

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Shopkeeper Middle Grades Math shares some ideas to help differentiate instruction in your classroom and provides recommended resources to get you started. How do I differentiate instruction and handle the juggling act? 1. Create and give a diagnostic assessment (pretest) at the beginning of the unit to ensure students have the prerequisite skills. Form groups… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Web hunts/internet scavenger hunts

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Using web hunts or internet scavenger hunts in your classroom can be a fun experience for students and for you. It’s a great way for students to develop web-browsing skills. You do not need to be experts to develop them. Just have fun and be creative. Here is some insight from Sweet Integrations to get you… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: 10 interactive sites for virtual field trips

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Time to spruce up your classroom field trips with some virtual suggestions from Christopher Mitchell. Virtual field trips provide students with opportunities they may not get to experience otherwise. Where else can you “take a trip” to see Sistine Chapel, the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, or the African grasslands — all in one day? These… Read more »

Classroom notebooking: Why and how?

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Many teachers apply the idea of student notebooks in the classroom as a way to make the student’s work easily accessible and a wonderful way to track progress throughout the year. Two of our shopkeepers share their ideas and tips for mastering classroom notebooks. Ruegers Room: The benefits of classroom notebooking Over the last month,… Read more »