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From the Science Machine
Use Nanozone to explore techn, biology, and health. (Grades 3-12)
From the Reading Machine
Flood reinforces vocabulary, classification skills. (Grades K-3)
From the Math Machine
Follow the Stars is a fun Web site for teaching about patterns. (Grades PreK-2)
The other day, I read an article in USAToday about technology use -- specifically the use of iPods, smartphones, and iPads -- among the very young. According to the author, many of today's tots "start waving their pudgy little hands over those glowing screens before their first birthday."
The article featured several 2- 3- and 4-year-olds who apparently are more proficient with their parents' current toys than they are with the toys their parents played with when they were 2-, 3-, and 4-years-old.
Project Appleseed Grows
On November 18, National Parent Involvement Day, encourage parents to take a proactive role at their children's school.
Our Favorite Teaching Tools
We asked the Ed World Teacher Teams, "What is your favorite new (or newly discovered) teaching tool? This is what they said...
Are You Teaching the Real Story of the First Thanksgiving?
Are you teaching the true Thanksgiving story or is the version you're passing on to your students a blend of fact and myth?
Write It; Live It: Six Steps to Help Kids Write Their Own Lives
The most effective way to help students discover their own passion is by having them write their own life stories.
Strategy of the Week
Do you ever find yourself dealing with unmotivated, disrespectful, or unruly students? With large classes, heavy workloads, or unreasonable accountability standards? With job-related stress? What teacher doesn't?
What can you do with SchoolNotes? Check out Heather Ashmore's Life Science Page.
Build Character With Books
Books that teach respect, responsibility, and citizenship.
Make Attendance Count
Use attendance time to review learned concepts.
Stamp Them Successful
"Stamp" collecting boosts behavior.
Ken Shore: The ABCs of Bullying Prevention
Cyberbullying -- sending humiliating or threatening messages or images through a computer or cell phone -- is a new and growing form of bullying that has emerged with the advent of technology.
Ms. Powell's Tips for Organizing Your Classroom
Create hidden storage by hanging a decorative curtain.
Classroom Management Article
Creating a Climate for Learning
In Positive Classroom Discipline, Fred Jones states, "The most widespread management technique at home and in the classroom is nag, nag, nag." It's also probably the least effective. Learn how to stop nagging and start teaching.
From Our Classroom Tips Library
Classroom Management: Be Kind to Substitutes
Behavior Management: School Allowance, Service, Certificates
Motivating Kids: Minimize Downtime
Book Report Makeover: Describe It!
Homework Tips: Participation Guide
Best Idea Ever: The Importance of Listening
Testing Tips: A Test Tour
Ruth Sidney Charney: The Responsive Classroom
Logical Consequences Teach Important Lessons
Logical consequences reinforce the limits of the classroom, the accountability of each individual, and the belief that we can take better care of ourselves, one another, and our environment.
Fred Jones's Tools for Teaching
Follow Through and Pseudo-Compliance
In the body language poker game, teachers fold when they turn a way from a situation before students have folded. Students fold when they abandon pseudo-compliance and get back to work.
Emma McDonald: The New Teacher Advisor
Managing Student Talking
It used to be that when students were in the classroom, silence reigned. That changed with the onset of collaborative learning and hands-on learning activities.
Eric Baylin's Songs to Brighten a Teacher's Day
The Curriculum Mapping Song
Yes, curriculum mapping can be a little tedious, but it makes good sense...doesnt it? So, if curriculum mapping sometimes gets you down, just sing your mapping woes away.
Meet other members of Education World's Professional Development columnist team.
THE MATH AND SCIENCE CORNER
THE MATH CORNER
Enhanced Visual Instructional Plans
A Visual Instructional Plan is a set of step-by-step visual prompts that provide an outline of what a student is expected to do. I'd like to propose an adaptation that also includes a thinking prompt.
Featured Math Article
Start Your Engines
Merging his life-long love of racing and a classroom of fourth graders, teacher Tom Stock created a winning learning combination.
In my busy back yard, you can spy...?
Fair Game Subtraction
Subtraction; odd and even numbers.
How to do long division.
THE SCIENCE LAB
Demonstrate the principles of gravity using the scientific method.
Discovering the Writers Within
Convince students that writing is worthwhile and that their oral vocabulary and reading experiences give them tools to express themselves. Their skills will grow.
Family History Project
Donna Kielty's family history project teaches students who "Americans" are.
Three things I am most thankful for are...
What I'm Really Good At
I'm really good at these three things
Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl
Compare Cinderella to the native tale The Rough-Face Girl.
Working on the Slant
Learn about slant by comparing how several newspapers cover a story.
Cathy Puett Miller
The Read-Aloud Experience
How do we move students from learning reading skills to becoming engaged, thinking readers? We immerse them in the experience by reading aloud.
Its a battle of culinary creativity when a nursery rhyme character competes in an unusual contest against a famous chef on a popular cooking show. The surprising results stun everyone.
A Thanksgiving Language Lesson
Students work in groups to create restaurants, menus, and advertisements to attract Thanksgiving Day customers.
Best Books for Teaching About...
Learn what Total Reader can do for your students.
More from Our Professional Development Channel
This ten-part series from the Department of Education explores the components of a successful strategy for educating children with ADHD.
Organizational and Study Skills Useful for Academic Instruction of Children With ADHD
Many students with ADHD are easily distracted and have difficulty focusing their attention on assigned tasks. However, these practices can help children with ADHD improve their organization of homework and other daily assignments.