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  • Technology Tools: QR Code Generators

    By: Diane Weaver | August, 2013 | 16,894 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom, Uncategorized

    I tend to have some of my best brainstorming sessions while I travel, and it just so happens that I went jet-setting a couple weeks ago. While on the airplane, I began to brainstorm about which tool I would like to highlight next in my Technology Tools Series.
    It wasn’t until I landed and sat in a taxi that I finally realized–I want to highlight QR code generators! This “ah-ha” moment was inspired by a two-dimensional barcode sticker, known as a QR code, on the taxi’s window. I quickly whipped out …

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  • Self-assessment: A new year, a new you

    By: Diane Weaver | August, 2013 | 4,895 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

    The new school year is almost here (or already here for some of you)! As you figuratively dust off your curriculum and clear the cobwebs, take some time to reflect on ways you would like to be a better teacher.
    Here are 5 powerful self-assessment questions to ask yourself as you start the new year-

    How did you feel about your performance last year? (Go easy on this one. We are often our worst critics.) Take a look at how you felt last year. Did you encourage creativity? Were you true to …

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  • Technology Tools Series Kickoff!

    By: Diane Weaver | July, 2013 | 4,243 views | 3 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    A couple of years ago, our blog highlighted a handful of classroom technology tools and creative ways to use them with students. Those tools are still very relevant to today’s classroom; however, as expected with the growing technology industry, more tools have now come to light.
    With this said, I would love to continue with a new series on education technology tools. For the next month or so I will be highlighting an awesome tool each week that you can then incorporate into lesson plans for the upcoming school year.
    Since you’re …

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  • Brain-based learning: Teaching to the Brain

    By: Diane Weaver | March, 2013 | 6,970 views | 2 Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

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    Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide campaign that brings schools, families, and communities together to celebrate the brain—and it begins next week (March 11-17). So in honor of this celebration, I plan to focus this post around a teaching technique known as brain-based learning.
    You may ask, isn’t all learning brain-based? Not exactly. With brain-based learning, specific methods are brought in that allow the brain’s natural learning processes to function. Its core principles state that (from HERE):

    Each brain is unique
    The brain can perform several activities at once
    Learning involves …

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  • Tactics for Teaching English-Language Learners

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 4,148 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Management, Literacy

    Teaching English-Language Learners (ELLs) is one of my favorite topics. I’ve taught ELLs in three countries overseas and have volunteered in ELL settings in the U.S. It is wonderful how common it is for classrooms in the U.S. to be filled with many different language speakers–but it is also extremely challenging for both teachers and students.
    Because this is so common, it is important for every educator to understand that they will need to step into the shoes of a language teacher at some point. So, when that time comes—or if …

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  • 5 Amazing Black History Month Stories to Share with Your Students

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 12,034 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources

    Dr. Carter G. Woodson
    This February, many educators and students are celebrating Black History Month in honor of African Americans and their contributions to Civil Rights. This history is not only important to the African American culture, but also to our country as a whole; making it a crucial topic to cover in the curriculum.
    With this said, I thought these news stories would be really neat to share with students. They are taken straight from the front pages of newspapers, which date all the way back to 1857 and up to …

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  • Project-Based Learning: How to do it

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 5,487 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Management, Classroom Resources

    So far, in my series of blog posts on Project-Based Learning (PBL), I have shared what PBL is and why it should be used. While it is easy to tell someone about PBL and the benefits involved, the same is not true for explaining how to do it. Because each class is unique, deciding how to use PBL is really up to the teacher and the students. So, I must preface this last post in the series by saying–these are general guidelines that can (and should!) be customized to your …

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  • Pinterest Resource Roundup: Anchor Charts

    By: Diane Weaver | February, 2013 | 4,124 views | No Comments | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Literacy

    Pinterest is full of resources for teachers (we shared some HERE and HERE); however, one resource idea has particularly caught my eye lately: anchor charts. These charts promote literacy skills by outlining or describing procedures or strategies on a chosen subject. The teacher takes the role of the scribe while the students brainstorm the ideas, and when completed it is hung up in the classroom for all to see. Then, as the year continues and more knowledge is gathered about the anchor chart topic, additions and corrections can be made.

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  • Winter Lesson Plan Roundup

    By: Aaron Morrison | December, 2012 | 25,693 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources

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    The hustle and bustle of the holiday season will soon be over, and our labors will have to focus again on school and work responsibilities. The weather has chilled down tremendously, and one could argue that most days we all wish to stay under the warmth of our covers. Among the commotions of the holiday break and frostier weather, we are also coming up to the halfway point in the school year. These factors influence us to feeling lackadaisical and burnt-out, and the winter months become a challenging …

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  • Google Tools for Educators

    By: Aaron Morrison | February, 2012 | 8,456 views | 1 Comment | Posted in: Classroom Resources, Technology in the Classroom

    Google remains a staple tool in my everyday tasks, and I realize more and more how much I rely on its use. In fact, it is safe to assume that majority feel this way, and that most of us turn to the Google search bar when we have a question or need a resource.
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    For teachers, the Google search bar is commonly used to hunt down sites and downloads to use in lesson plans. However, it can begin to feel a bit daunting when trying to narrow it down …

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