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Getting the Wiggles Out and Catching Students’ Attention

IMG_1362Picture this: You get all of your students to the rainbow rug for a fun and exciting story. As you look out, anxious to begin, you are greeted by a sea of movement. . . . Mason is lying down on the rug. Maya is playing with her dress. Mike and Chris are play-fighting. Miguel is rolling his head in circles and pulling on Carson’s shirt. You say to yourself, “These kids just can’t sit still!” 

The beginning of the school year can be a very wiggly time, especially in preschool and early childhood classrooms. How do you catch and keep students’ attention while allowing for the wiggle time they need? Click "read more" to find a few ideas for getting the wiggles out and helping students focus.

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You Have How Many Students? Making Larger Class Sizes and Less Instructional Time Work

IMG_1284Gone are the days of 20 or fewer students in a class. Good-bye to 180 days in a school year. With our current economic crisis, districts all around the country are being forced to make disastrous cuts in order to balance their budgets. Most states and districts have increased class sizes and many have also deducted days from the school year.

Even as this trend continues, we have to be sure that the education we give our students never declines in quality. So the big question becomes, “How do I use my time more efficiently and effectively in order to reach all my learners?”

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Welcome Aboard! Decorating with a Classroom Theme

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Bon voyage! This school year we are setting sail with our year-long theme, “Cruising Through Kindergarten.” Read more and climb aboard our classroom ship for a fun-filled cruise through the school year. You can see some of our classroom theme decorations, bulletin boards, and future learning activities. In this post, you can also get a sneak peek at some future blog posts on my Top Teaching kindergarten and early childhood blog. Welcome aboard, matey!

 

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Greetings From Top Teaching Advisor Megan

Power_Megan_Promo_xlg Greetings from sunny San Diego, California! My name is Megan Power and this is my 10th year of teaching. In my career I have taught kindergarten through 2nd grade and I am currently in my fourth year of teaching full-day kindergarten at Del Sur Elementary in the Poway Unified School District. I am thrilled to be back on Scholastic.com blogging about early childhood education this year after a successful year blogging about technology integration in 2010-2011, and as the PreK and Kindergarten teacher advisor in 2009-2010.

 

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Technology Integration Quiz — Where Do You Fall?

IMG_0945[1]Technology is an exceptional tool. How can you use the technology available to improve your students’ learning? As you close down your classrooms this year and prepare to relax on a sandy beach somewhere, take some time to reflect on your technology use. Where do you typically integrate technology and how can you use technology to further improve student learning? Read on to take a fun interactive quiz to see where you fall in your technology integration and get tips to help you digitally prepare for next year.

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Interactive Whiteboard 101 — A Resource of Activities for Math Instruction

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Bring your math curriculum to life with your interactive whiteboard. In my last post, "Whiteboards 101: A Resource of Activities for Literacy Instruction," I shared numerous literacy Web sites and games to use on your interactive whiteboard. This week, click "read more" to see an extensive list of math games that will have your students out of their seats, up at the board, and exploring math concepts.

 

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Interactive Whiteboard 101 — A Resource of Activities for Literacy Instruction

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Welcome to the classroom of the present! Interactive whiteboards are all the rage at conferences like the International Reading Association’s Annual Convention, which was held last week in Orlando, Florida. My colleague Linda Foote and I presented four sessions of Whiteboard 101: Taking Literacy to the Next Level to a packed classroom of eager and enthusiastic teachers. Continue reading to get links to some great literacy content that you can use with your interactive whiteboard today!

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Red Carpet Movie Premiere — The Kindergarten Tree

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You have read my series of posts, Behind the Scenes, and now our movie is ready to be published. Because we had submitted the movie to the San Diego County Office of Education’s Innovative Videos in Education (iVIE) Awards, we had to wait until the judging was complete before posting it. We are so excited to announce that our movie was nominated for an award! Just last Thursday we held a red carpet movie premiere night comparable to a Hollywood premiere. Click "read more" to view our class movie and learn more about our magical movie premiere.

 

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Putting the "WOW" in your Open House: 10 Technology Tips

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The end of the year is rapidly approaching. As teachers face state tests, finish up learning units, and try to push their students to that next level, Open House is lurking right around the corner. Click to read ten technology tips that will show off your students’ learning and wow parents at your Open House.

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Using Video Clips to Build Bridges and Activate Schema

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Students' prior knowledge can help or hinder learning.

Carnegie Mellon’s Learning Principles

When you want to learn how to do something new, where do you go? Chances are you head right for the Internet. More specifically, to videos. There is something about watching a video that explains things better than just reading. The visuals combined with the information, either told or written, helps many people to grasp the concept they need to learn.

Well . . .

Your students are the same! Read on to see how one- to three-minute video clips can assist your students in building the background knowledge necessary for them to learn the content you're teaching.

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