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Friday, December 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
This week I'm teaching Internet Safety and came across this video teaching "Real World" smarts...great info presented in a non-threatening way for younger kids - K -2 . I haven't checked but I bet there's a color sheet to go with it. If you use it with your kids, share your feedback and any suggestions you might have!
Friday, October 12, 2012
'In Your Shoes' pragmatic language activity
The games are called 'In your shoes.' The download includes 3 games: Problem Solving 1 & 2 and Perspective Taking. They feature these cute shoe graphics from KPM doodles.
Its available through TeachersPayTeachers...I didn't mind paying for it as it has great graphics I wouldn't be able to make! She mentions that it would be fun to use with an empathy lesson. I plan to use with the book called " How Do I Stand in Your Shoes?" by Susan DeBell (grade 2)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I don't know I'm surprised but again today I was touched by how difficult the impact of divorce is on kids, even after years of separation.
Fortunately I've recently come across some great resources for kids dealing with on-going issues with regard to divorce.
Check out www.kidsturn.org for information and free materials to help children better cope with the grief of parent separation and divorce. There is also information for parents.
Friday, August 31, 2012
A few more from my order:
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I'm always up for new ideas in this area especially since the kids tend to hear the same thing every year!!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Have an awesome, relaxing summer ! !
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Lately, I am becoming more and more alarmed at the unlimited access elementary school aged students have to the internet and social media!
One of my 5th graders proudly showed me that she has an unlimited data package on her new smart phone . . . not to mention all the kids with iPod Touches with the same features. Here's an informative article with great resources for parents and educators to handle social media with younger kids.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
What kinds of strategies do you use to increase the therapeutic function of games in counseling?
Friday, April 20, 2012
As soon as I saw this video I thought it would be perfect for a lesson I'm doing in 4th grade about perseverance (academic domain). There is one quick, quick part that I will cover the projector for as I saw a questionable word (6:27), but otherwise it is a great example of a kid who's resilience and patience was rewarded and his talents finally recognized by others.
I'm also using this video for my perseverance lesson (below), but I love that the first one recognizes a child near their age.
What are some resources you've used to teach perseverance?
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Per Noreen's cyberbullying resource request, I thought I'd post these links on the blog.
Happy first day of Spring!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I found these career workbooks on our very own state government website:
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Paws in Jobland is a free online website created by Bridges Transitions Inc. The career inventory on the website asks students a series of questions about things they like to do, things they are good at, or things they are interested in, and then presents the students with a list of jobs that they may enjoy. Students can explore jobs they may be interested in on the website by clicking on different buildings in "Jobland". Videos explain responsibilities for different jobs and show real people doing them. There's also a fun multiple choice game that challenges students' knowledge about various jobs. As an added bonus, the program reads the questions and gives directions out loud for students who are not strong readers. There are also supporting worksheets and lesson plans to go along with it.
I'm thinking about using this with my 3rd graders. :)
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Here are some cool ideas posted on the ASCA Scene blog for Elementary Career Days. I'd really like to try a few!
We have a Career Fair each year and have changed the format several times. What has worked best for us is to limit the fair to just fifth graders ( I also do career lessons in all the lower grades). We invite speakers to come in and give the kids a list. They choose their top 4 or 5, and we make up schedules. Speakers are sometimes parents and sometimes community people that we have invited/begged to participate. We encourage speakers to bring hands on "tools of their trade" as much as possible so the kids can look and listen. The sessions are 25 minutes long, then we allow 5 minutes to rotate to their next session. All students are required to do an assignment about their top two sessions.
I have not tried this, but I heard about it and I’m anxious to try it out this Spring. It’s called Careers on Wheels. You ask community members to bring their trucks/cars/rigs that they use in their work. Then the kids rotate from vehicle to vehicle and learn about the careers. The ideas I have so far for my rural community are: police car, veterinarian’s truck, lineman’s cherry picker, tow truck, horse breeder’s trailer, military vehicles, and whatever else I can think of between now and then. It sounds like a great deal of fun with information sprinkled in.
What neat Ideas! when you said you wanted something to keep them focused while they rotate I thought you might have some kind of checklist or chart for them to take with them. For my elementary kids I always asked the presenters to say something about the skills they need in their job (ie.. good with people, good at math, able to talk to people, writing skills, self control...) the kids could track the data for how many people said it was important in their jobs
We have a committee at my school that does Career Day for approximately 615 K-5 students on the last day of school each year. It is a wonderful. We have military, police, therapy dogs, horses, fireman,tae kwon do, etc. A lot of them bring vehicles and equipment. The kids and staff love it. There is no way I could accomplish something of this magnitude by myself, so I am very grateful that it is done by a committee.
another school in our district that is K-2 does a Career Day with vehicles, so they have firetrucks,police cars, motorcycle pol;ice, Ameren UE, ambulances,dump trucks & etc.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Here's a link to a color sheet from Tomi dePaola, too.http://www.tomie.com/images/coloring_pages/coloring_strega.gif
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Great lessons, color sheets, bookmark.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=2778647880392639245#publishedcomments although I haven't been able to figure out how to expand each post :/ ...so I as i told Tanya...I still learning!
I'm hoping to get some help from Desiree. Thanks everyone!