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Rainy Day Idea For Data Use

Rainy Day Idea For Data Use

I want to credit Shelly Strickland, a school administrator in the Taylor County, Florida school system for passing on this idea to me. At her school, Strickland uses those unfortunate rainy day recesses to put some exciting Discovery Education content in front of her students. Instead of sitting around with nothing to do, her elementary

Making PowerPoint More Powerful

PowerPoint has always been my presentation tool of choice.  I have explored many others and enjoy the different effects, but I always return to PowerPoint.  Being the “Grand Dame” of presentation tools, PowerPoint has been a tool a novice can use, but has also has many possibilities for the advanced user.  Many of the effects

The Untethered Classroom

I was told it couldn’t be done – so of course I had to prove them wrong. Since last year when I received a class set of i-Pads through a grant that I participated in, I have wanted to be able to project my iPad and all of the apps that I have through my

Mining Magnificent Minds

  Being a teacher means trying to help every child be successful in the classroom. However, ask yourself this question: What can teachers do to get the most out of their students? There are a lot of answers to this question such as differentiate instruction, use collaboration, conference with the student, make learning real and

Florida Test C To Predict Student Proficiency On FCAT 2.0

Just a note for our partners in the “Sunshine State.” The Florida Department of Education has formally set the new FCAT 2.0 state assessment achievement level cut scores. Since the predictions made by Discovery Education interim benchmark assessments are based on these decisions the Florida Test C interim benchmark will be a predictive measure of

The Power of Creativity

Creativity is the most important trait that a person can possess. It allows you to create meaning, importance and curiosity. It is the essence of why and how children and adults learn. As teachers and schools evolve, they should be asking themselves, how are our schools enhancing our students’ and our teachers’ creativity, curiosity, and

Columbus Day

  Christopher Columbus Columbus Day will be celebrated October 10, 2011.  I like to begin my lesson on that day reading sections from a letter that Columbus wrote without letting the class know who it is from or that it is Columbus Day.  The letter is a primary document found at http://www.ushistory.org/documents/columbus.htm.  The letter tells

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