Making Math Visual

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Technology is great and all … but sometimes good old fashioned concrete manipulatives are the best way to help students grasp abstract concepts.  While reviewing the process of solving for variables in math class, I realized that my students were having trouble recalling and carrying out the necessary problem solving steps, especially when more than […]

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Scream for HELP? Or “Google It?”

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Leah Bruosta, fifth grade teacher here and I.NEED.HELP! What happens when I need help with technology in my classroom? To whom do I turn? Well…. the easy answer as one of the “technology” favoring teachers is to “Google it.”  I Google it, then I ask someone who might know, then I forget about it for […]

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Where to go next…

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In a whirlwind first half of the school year, I have found myself doing exactly what I said I hoped to avoid in my first post: resort back to standard teaching methods and techniques. So far I believe I have a lot of room for improvement in terms of incorporating technology in a more meaningful […]

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In which I plan what I think will be an amazing lesson – and I learn more than the kids do.

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I continue to ask the question:  How can I use technology help ESL kids speak more in order to improve their writing?    So… I planned to teach, what I was sure would be an amazing lesson  😉 Lesson Objectives: Day 1:  Students will create their own food chains.  Students will record 2 sentences about […]

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Letting Go

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Far from the sage on the stage mentality, giving students choice is, on many levels, letting go– letting go of the image of a decorous, well-oiled classroom, letting go of tried and true, familiar texts, letting go of neat, staid assessments with prescribed answers. In short, providing choice in a student-centered classroom requires us to […]

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They See Themselves as Writers!

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The Basics This year I have been focusing on using technology to help my 3rd grade inclusion students access grade level content and to be able to create their own work in a way that is both accessible and meaningful for them.  We started small, letting students use Google docs to type their writing in order […]

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Collaborative Learning Techniques- Screencasts

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Lesson Objective One of my goals this year is to continue to focus on how I can incorporate technology into my social studies classroom to help support student learning. In the 6th grade social studies classroom, students are asked to complete a DBQ  (document based question) assessment at the beginning and end of the school […]

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Talking before writing: An interview with Goldilocks

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Revised Question How can I use technology to make grade level writing tasks accessible to English language learners and students on IEPs?   Our first project in grade 3 Jen Ostayan (SPED inclusion teacher)  and I ( ESL inclusion teacher) set out to help our students write narratives that changed the point of view of […]

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