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End of the Year!

date 05/23/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

The 2015-2016 school year is coming to an end...
    Enjoy the summer, continue reading, and practice math facts to keep skills caught up through the summer to prevent the summer slide .

Information on the Summer Slide:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/summer-learning-loss-study_n_3391594.html
 

Minimizing the â??summer slideâ??

date 04/28/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Tips on how to minimize the summer slide can be found following this link:

https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/special-education/2016/04/may-2016-each-and-every-child-newsletter

 

Shared Book Reading

date 04/26/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

"Shared book reading" (also known as "interactive shared book reading") encompasses practices that adults can use when reading with children, which are intended to enhance young children's language and literacy skills.

To find more information follow this link:

http://eric.ed.gov/?q=%22%22&ff1=subBeginning+Reading&id=ED555654
 

Building a Positive Classroom Environment

date 04/15/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Building a positive classroom community helps classroom management.  Teachers that build positivity in the classroom create an atmosphere of safety and involvement.  To see community in action watch this short clip:

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/positive-classroom-community

Reading Tips

date 02/19/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Read Actively

When you're reading a document or book in detail, it helps if you practice "active reading" by highlighting and underlining key information, and taking notes as you progress. (Mind Maps are great for this). This emphasizes information in your mind, and helps you to review important points later.

Doing this also helps you keep your mind focused on the material, and stops you thinking about other things.

Tip:

If you're worried about damaging a book by marking it up, ask yourself how much your investment of time is worth. If the book is inexpensive, or if the benefit that you get from the book substantially exceeds its value, then don't worry too much about marking it. (Of course, only do this if it belongs to you!)

To find out more follow this link: https://www.mindtools.com/rdstratg.html



 

The Importance of Reading with Your Child

date 01/28/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Why is reading important?
A child's reading skills are important to their success in school and work. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.  Reading and writing are important ways we use language to communicate.

Find out more by following this link:
http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/reading.htm

Information taken from the University of Michigan Health System

Building Character

date 01/19/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Building character is key to having a day that runs smoothly with students showing respect for themselves and others. Here are some tips to incorporate character building activities into your daily schedule.

Follow the link:
http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin364.shtml
 

Authentic Intellectual Work

date 01/11/2016 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

At BKCSD we want to increase student learning by engaging students in authentic intellectual work. Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) is defined by three criteria-construction of knowledge, through disciplined inquiry, to produce discourse, products, and performance that have value beyond school.

The AIW framework establishes criteria for teaching that:

  • maximize expectations of intellectual challenge for all students,
  • increase student interest in academic work,
  • supports teachers’ taking time to teach for in-depth understanding, rather than superficial coverage of materials,
  • provide a common conception of student intellectual work that promotes professional community among teachers of different grade levels and subjects, and
  • most important, equip students to address the complex intellectual challenges of work, civic participation, and managing personal affairs in the contemporary world.

Significant features of AIW include the following:

  • Teachers, administrators, liaisons and coaches form professional learning communities focused on the successful implementation of AIW.
  • Leadership is provided with additional support through Leadership Meetings that focus on expansion within a school, appropriate allocation of resources, and deep understanding of the AIW framework.
  • Instructional personnel develop a common vision of quality instruction that is supported by research and aimed at improving student achievement.
  • Teachers apply AIW to everyday classroom practices.
  • Teachers become more introspective and reflective of their instructional practices.
To find out more information follow this link:
https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/educator-quality/authentic-intellectual-work

 

Academic Computer Time

date 12/21/2015 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Here are some ideas for free computer activities for students to use from home:

http://www.abcya.com/

http://pbskids.org/

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.commoncoresheets.com/

http://www.nick.com/games/top-games/

for more options:

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/8-best-pc-videogames-for-your-kids
 

Lego Math

date 12/14/2015 author Christine Schultz category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ever thought of just playing to teach math concepts?
A great way to develop and master mathematical concepts is by playing with Legos.

Students will be more interested in learning when an aspect of play is involved, and who does not have fun when using Legos???

To find out more follow this link:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/12/using-lego-build-math-concepts