Thought for Thursday is from Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”     — Albert Einstein

Thought for Tuesday – What gives radiance?

“There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.” – G.K. Chesterton

Free online reading tool for kids

Reading methods are divided into four. The first is the phonics wherein children are being taught about the alphabet first. From there, kids will learn how to blend letters together.

The second reading method is called the “look and say” method. This is one method wherein children are taught how to recognize the whole word instead of relying on the sounds of the letters that form them. This is also that method where teachers pronounce the word and their pupils repeat after them.

As for the third method which is known as the language experience approach, the student actually learns how to read on his own. Your kids may start drawing some things then you will write the description of the drawing. You can continue to collect all the drawings the child makes then keep on writing descriptions of that drawing.
Lastly, the fourth method is called the context support method. In here, you should encourage the child to choose books or topics they are interested about. Know what your child likes and then start from simple books with pictures of these items.

With all these four reading methods, you will be able to find an available tool online. Examples of free tools are as follows:

Business jargon and management buzzwords – LOL!

I just love this list – “A tongue-in-cheek guide to business jargon and management buzzwords since 2002”

The learning (b)log

Learning logs were a core part of my classroom practice, having seen the effects they have on improving student performance in the bilingual schools of New Brunswick in my first year of teaching. A student there would write down what they had learnt and what they felt they’d have to learn tomorrow in order to achieve the goals of the project they had set out on. In paper format they were quite tricky to manage, and as students peer-assessed there would be paper flying all over the place.

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Writing a speech? Make numbers work for you.

Speakers can use numbers to support key points. But too often, speakers use their data in place of key points, piling on number after number and, in the end, driving their audience to despair. Here are a few tips on how to use numbers to good effect.

Make It Your Mantra – I Matter

Skating through your day waiting for it to be over does make the time toiling away at work or doing chores go by faster. But it also means missing half the fun! We all have a natural need to feel that what we do in a day affects others — we need it to feel complete. Taking that away from yourself could lead down a slippery slope towards feeling like you don’t even matter.


Fiction activities for Stone Soup

Activities for Stone Soup

    Make Your Own Stone Soup

    Stone Soup: A Puppet Show
    Simple props and script for Stone Soup.

    Stone Soup Activities

    Making Stone Soup
    A lesson plan for grade 2 mathematics, English language arts, and computer technology skills.

    Stone Soup

    Ideas for teaching Stone Soup.

    Students will create a recipe and a shopping list.

Re-examining the need for using technology in education

Jim David and Sandra Farlow are completely different teachers, both thrust into the classroom of the future. A relatively young teacher, David said he lives for technology. Farlow, on the other hand, calls herself a “digital immigrant,” not having taught on computers since the late 1970s. Nevertheless, this fall the two are spearheading Cleveland Middle School’s Virtual Learning Academy, a technology-driven effort to achieve a “paperless classroom,” principal Jeff Elliott said. The school is beta-testing two Virtual Learning Academy classrooms with 20 students each, 15 fewer pupils than normal, David said. Students selected for the project use the same classroom and keep the same teacher all day long, he said.

A dissection of the education system

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.