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Sunday
Jun132010

Naomi and Alexandra's Kindergarten Classroom

Look inside a classroom instilled with a love of learning, respect and a sense of community.

Saturday
Mar132010

Getting Ready for Standardized Tests

A March/April New Teacher Survival Guide from our friends at Scholastic

Spring marks the beginning of standardized test season and the job of prepping students lands largely on the shoulders of classroom teachers. The March/April edition of the New Teacher Survival Guide shows you the way.

8-Step Game Plan for Standardized Test Prep
Help your students perform to the best of their ability on standardized tests with these test-prep pointers from educators across the country.

In-the-Know Test Prep Tips
From game-show style review sessions to reading a picture book that calms the nerves, these teacher-tested tips offer creative ideas on preparing students for standardized tests.

Sharpening Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Use this word list, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, to develop questions for class discussions, tests, journal prompts, and reader-response essays. Doing so will improve students’ critical thinking skills for standardized tests and for day-to-day problems.

Clip & Save Checklist: Understanding Cultural Differences in Student Behavior
Sometimes cultural differences can be mistaken for behavior problems. This 16-point checklist offers some possible cultural explanations for perceived behavior issues you may be encountering.

Fit to Print: Honoring Women, Poetry, & Earth Day
Whether you’re sending home a classroom wish list, reminders, or thank-you notes, these reproducibles will shortcut the process.

Classroom Activities: Making Social Studies Come Alive!
Are more and more students looking a little bored or bleary-eyed during history and geography lessons? These easy-to-do, hands-on activities will help you put a quick end to social studies doldrums.

·         Grades K-5            

·         Grades 6-8                        

“Been There, Done That” Tips & Ideas: Homework Compliance
Students who “forget” to do their homework can put a strain on the progress the class makes as a whole. Veteran teachers share their approaches to encouraging homework compliance.

Bookshelf Bests: Sports Stories
Play ball with students' mounting interest in the start of baseball season and warm weather activities with these stories about characters who experience life lessons while swinging bats, kicking balls, shooting hoops, riding bikes, and running races.

·         Grades K-5            

·         Grades 6-8                        

Time Management Tip: Overcoming Procrastination
Whether you have tendency to put off long-range projects or short-term tasks, procrastination is a major time-stealer and can impede career growth. Check out these tips on curbing procrastination.

 

Tuesday
Feb162010

FREE 6+1 Traits of Writing Live Webcast with Ruth Culham!

Live Webcast with Ruth Culham 
6+1 Traits of Writing
March 2nd, 2010
3:00 - 3:30 PM EST
All grade levels
 
In this webcast, Ruth Culham will be speaking on how to implement the 6+1 Traits of Writing in the classrooms of all grade levels.


Ruth Culham is the recognized expert in the 6+1 Traits of Writing model and a pioneering researcher of the Trait Model.  She is president of Culham Writing Company, which offers practical, engaging workshops designed to help beginning and experienced teachers implement the model in K–12 classrooms.

Prior to founding her company, Ruth was assessment program unit manager at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and English Teacher of the Year in Montana, a highlight of her 19-year teaching career.  Ruth has recently published the Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School.
 
  
       

 

Saturday
Apr112009

Jennifer's 1st Grade Classroom

As a Scholastic Teacher Advisor for grades 1-2, Jennifer gives a tour of her students' joyful, collaborative learning environment.