Top Teaching > 4 posts categorized "April 2010"

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Kids Teaching Kids: Filming Skills of Today for Kids of Tomorrow

As the year winds down, minds begin to shift towards preparing for next year's batch of students. One of your best resources is the students in your classroom right now. Our class is in the process of creating a series of reading strategy lesson videos, book review podcasts, math and grammar tutorial videos, and more for next year's group. All of this will benefit the new crop of students and will help students receive assistance on division, compound sentences, reading strategies, and so on from other students. This post is LOADED with helpful resources and details on how to create podcasts and green screen movies in your classroom.  Don't miss this post! It's a must-read for preparing for next year and could be a real life saver!

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Host an International Festival at Your School!

Main As I look at my students each year, I see such a variety of faces looking back at me.  This is because Troy, the city in which my school is located, is the second most ethnically diverse city in the state of Michigan.  I feel very proud to be a Troy teacher, and I believe that it is so important to celebrate the diversity that exists in my classroom and at my school.  Teaching my students to embrace their diversity helps create an atmosphere of respect and appreciation in my classroom.  One way that the other third grade teachers and I do this at our school is by hosting an International Festival each year.  During this time students research the countries of their ancestors and present their research at an International Festival to celebrate their different cultures through authentic costumes, patriotic music, and international cuisine.

READ ON to learn more about the research conducted by the students, the International Festival music performance, the exciting fashion show, and the International Taste-Fest.  A VIDEO also accompanies this post!  

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Preparing Students for Standardized Tests

Can you relate to the pressures of state testing? Testing pressure is at an all-time high, which can lead to a balancing act of preparing your students for the test while keeping the learning environment engaging and meaningful. Over the years I have discovered that the most successful test taking practices involve a mixture of interactive games (pictured) and explicit instruction on learning how to decipher the test taking genre.

Read on for five tips on preparing for standardized testing. This includes some great lesson ideas with complete files, photos, a video, and printables.

Photo: Utilizing an interactive whiteboard, students can take a throw at questions. Literally. When an object hits a colored dot on the board, a question is revealed for practice and discussion.

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Have Your Students Filled a Bucket Today?

RijaWhile I work hard to ensure that I am providing my students with the best academic instruction on a daily basis, I also take time to teach the students in my classroom to be good citizens who care for and respect each other. While the teaching of these "life skills" should certainly not fall solely on the shoulders of us teachers, I do believe it is important to help build good character in our students. Teachers can help students value themselves and each other when we encourage them to be helpful, compassionate, unselfish classmates. In my classroom, my teaching partner and I call these positive students "bucket fillers." As the Bucket Fillers Web site explains, "'Bucket fillers' are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others." Bucket filling is a common act in our classroom and one that does not go unrecognized!

READ ON to learn how we teach and encourage bucket filling in our classroom, see PHOTOS of our bucket-filler chart, and download a PRINTABLE that you can use to promote bucket filling in your own classroom.

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