Posted on 09/04/2012 at 02:32 PM by Global Reach

Try This:
Brain Breaks!  After sitting through 3 days of long classes at UNI this week, I wish we took some brain breaks!  Check out my Just Kickin' It With Emily site Brain Breaks tab or click HERE.  They are all you tube videos of short little brain breaks you can do with your students.  Some are for little ones and some can be for all ages. 

Google This:
Check out this awesome online spreadsheet that lists tons of TED Talks. This spreadsheet includes links to each individual video, the speaker, the name of the TED Talk, and a short summary!  If you're not familiar with TED Talks check some out that interest you! They're "rivieting talks by remarkable people". 


Read This:
This portion is written by Denise Rolfes. She send this as an email to the other teachers in her building and I asked if I could use this for one of my weekly emails.  Of course she said "yes".

In looking for ways to ensure that all of our students read or hear the required classroom reading, all of us at times use the round robin reading strategy.  I want to caution you to use this sparingly as it is not best practice.  First, those not reading seldom pay attention or they read ahead.  Those that have not read are trying to figure out what paragraph will be theirs and read it so they don’t mess up and embarrass themselves, and those that struggle to read are praying hard you run out of reading before it is their turn.  This is the group most of us are trying to reach, and there is little chance they are listening or comprehending because they are in panic mode.
 
So how do we make certain that all of our students read or hear the required reading?  Be creative.  You could read it to the class, break them into small groups either with readers on the same level or a competent reader to read to the group, you could assign just part of the reading due for the next day so that it is not a cold read, or you could record the reading and play it for the class.  If you simply must do round robin reading, all students should have the option to pass especially the struggling readers.
 

Ponder This:
"Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

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