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SOM Turns Tutorials on Their Ear

SOMWant to dip your toe into the "flipped classroom" water without a big investment or learning curve? A free online tool that records actions on one's computer is winning fans among educators. Screencast-O-Matic, which allows users to create narrated videos of the actions that appear on their computer screens, is being hailed by some as the next level of digital learning.


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Common Core Curriculum Maps

I am back with yet another Common Core teacher resource book. I have spent the past few days reading through the first grade section of Common Core Curriculum Maps. Again~ l...

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The Common Core Lesson Book

The Common Core Lesson Book K-5 by Gretchen Owocki arrived on my doorstep late yesterday evening. Luckily for me, we had early release today at school. I was able to spend some time reading through the first section of the book. Let me quickly note, I have no relationship to the publisher or authors of this book. My opinions, are just that, mine. I am only sharing what I think about this as a resource for planning...

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Bombs Away!

Not sure how I did it, but one school year, I convinced my principal to let me fill up over 500 water balloons, bring the kiddies out to the P.E. field, and let them reenact the Battle of the Alamo.

The project took on a life of its own.

The next year, we filled up 1,000 balloons. The students made bandannas to mark their teams and donned goggles and other protective gear. We used PE equipment, garbage cans and other items to create an Alamo structure.

Parent served...

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Harry Potter and Science

It seems that some of the amazing things used by fictitious famous wizard, Harry Potter, are becoming a reality. Last year, an invisibility cloak along the idea of the one Harry wore to go unnoticed through the halls of Hogwarts, has been tested in a lab. Now, add floating...

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Rethinking Principal Evaluation

Leadership matters. Principals set the tone of a school and can inspire students and teachers alike to reach new heights. They are second only to teachers among the in-school influences on student success.

Yet we dont hear much about how to measure a principals performance. And the little research that exists on principal evaluation suggests that current systems do not accurately judge performance, do not provide information that is useful for professional growth, and often...

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Make Your Lessons Glow

Youve heard of glow-in-the-dark clothes~ toys~ maybe jewelry.

How about glow-in-the-dark math?

Thats right. Word problems that shine in fluorescent colors when you turn the room black.

I want to share with you an exciting lesson that involves using glow- in- the-dark paint to make any subject shine.

First~ you need to get some glow-in-the-dark~ watercolor~ stain-free paint in various colors (you can find it at WalMart and other stores that sell arts and crafts...

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Apple Comes Up Big With iPhone5

iPhone5Leave it to the Wizards of Cupertino to upstage everyone in the tech industry with a new iPhone model that blows away anything on market or on the horizon from their competitors.

During a special unveiling event in San Francisco Apple revealed the latest version of their flagship mobile device that boasts upgrades across the board. The new model is 18% thinner...

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Common Core Standards

Implementation has begun! While I am excited to see what changes the CCSS will bring to both my teaching and my students' performance, I am overwhelmed. My county has only implemented in kindergarten and first grade. We have begun to think and plan our lessons differently.

While searching the web, I have found some resources which I think will be useful in planning. The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5: Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational...

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Using News for Creative Writing-Monarch...

Using the news for creative writing.
A monarch butterfly migrating from North America to Mexico made an unexpected detour-to Great Britain. It is believed that Hurricane Isaac caused the tiny butterfly to be carried 3500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean!

The left wing of the orange, white and black monarch butterfly is damaged. It was spotted near the Portland Bird Observatory on the Isle of Portland,Dorset, Great Britain. Butterfly enthusiasts are coming to the facility to catch a...