Monday, July 14, 2014
So, what should the sponge activity be? Well, you could write a assignment on the board. This works well when they first come in. Transition activities do not necessarily need to be on the same subject. But, for example, after finishing a math assignment, students can do a times tables worksheet. Drawing or art is another way. In fact, you should think of sponge activities when planning a lesson. What can students do in conjunction with the assignment? Did they write a story? Okay, how about now doing an illustration?
Other things to do could be wordsearch puzzles. You can find some here: http://teachersindex.com/free-wordsearch-puzzles.html
If you have ever had trouble with disruptive students for lack of anything to do, start thinking about sponge activities and start soaking up that dead time!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Free science wordsearch puzzles.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
It could make sense. Of course schools were never set up to feed students anyway. That was always a parent's responsibility. Funny how times change. We have turned a lot of parental duties over to schools. We actually should be ashamed of ourselves.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
When you enter a store, you may notice you cannot walk straight through to the back. You are interrupted with obstacles that you must move around. There's a reason for that. They want you to run into tables and merchandise that they are promoting and want you to buy. You probably know that most people are right handed. This also causes them to turn to their right more often if given a choice. So, where do you think stores and shops are most likely to put the items they want you to buy or are pushing? On the right hand side of the store, of course!
Taking a penny or a dollar off the price tag has been common for years. Even at gas stations. 99 cents sounds so much cheaper than $1, right? Even though you are essentially paying a dollar anyway. Even a little more sounds like a bigger bargain. $5.89 as opposed to $6 or even $5.99. Retailers are using math to trick you into buying an item and thinking you are getting a bargain.
How about shelving items? What products do you think are at eye level? Most likely, the most expensive. Shop owners are betting you won't bend down or stretch way up to find the cheaper one.
And let's not forget to mention those impulse items at the cash register. A candy bar sounds great about now, right? You may have shopped for bargains, but now the store has used your urges to make a better sale!
Coupons are great, right? But only if they are really bargains. A store is going to make 3 times the money on 3 items than it would with one. So a coupon that gives a dollar off for buying three, is a great way to get you to buy 3 items, when you really only need one!
The math of shopping. Watch out for it!
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
What are flipped classrooms?
Flipped classrooms flip the traditional day of school to make teaching done at home and homework done at school.
How does a flipped classroom work?
A teacher creates videos, lessons, or other teaching aids online and students watch these at home or anywhere there is a computer with internet. Then at school, the teacher assigns problems and helps students complete them in class.
What is the reasoning behind a flipped classroom?
Teachers better serve the students by being there when they are completing problems or tasks. No person should be as good as the teacher for this purpose. So why not have the help from the teacher available? There is more interaction between student and teacher. Teachers can give one on one help frequently. A teacher's time is better used for guiding and directing students through tasks rather than just tossing information at them.
Students can also view lessons over and over. They can fast forward or rewind to a certain point in a lesson that they need to see or hear again. You can't do that with a traditional classroom.
Are there problems with flipped classrooms?
A school or teacher may not be fully sold on the idea. Old traditions are hard to break. However, as the internet takes on a more significant role, the idea will become more palatable and looked upon as normal.
Not all students will have a way of viewing videos and lessons online. Schools must ensure that all students have sufficient time in the computer lab if they have the need. Smartphones and tablets are becoming popular. Many students already own one. They are used to viewing things online using things like youtube.
Teachers will of course need to create the lessons. This may seem like a time consuming task. Keep in mind that once it's created, it won't need to be done again, saving time in the future. It also means that a teacher could redo the lessons and tweak them if needed.
Parents might not understand why students have no homework. Well, you don't need to give ahomework just to give homework. And homework is not really gone, it now involves viewing a lesson as opposed to doing problems. Parents might be more happy with this arrangement, as their child will not have to ask them for help. Many parents feel uncomfortable now if they can actually help a student with a particular subject.
Any last thoughts on flipped classrooms?
We do more and more things online as the internet expands even more. We are learning how to do things now on youtube. Taking classes online is expanding the education experience. Your child's teacher is the best tutor. Why not utilize them in this respect, and get one on one help?
Keep in mind that having a flipped classroom does not restrict the teacher from doing lessons in class if he or she needs to go over something.
>> Check out: How teachers should be assigning homework.
Monday, October 28, 2013
There is a teacher loan forgiveness program that could help you lower your student loan amounts. If you teach for 5 years in certain low income schools and areas, and qualify, you can have up to $5,000 of your student loans forgiven.
If you teach in some specialties, there is loan forgiveness up to $17,500.
For both of these programs, check with your student loan account.
Are you thinking of becoming a teacher but can't afford it? There are TEACH grants up to $4,000. This is the "Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education" program. Check with the financial aid office of the college you want to attend.
Other student loan forgiveness programs include the PSLF, or Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. You cna have your entire student loan paid for by working in public service full time for 10 years. Again, check with your student loan provider for detailsNeed more help? Try: Tips for teachers with student loans