Kathryn Staton’s Blog

Kathryn Staton is a STAR member of the Discovery Educator Network

New Year, New Position

Filed under: Greeting — Kat Staton at 6:55 pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I recently accepted a position to teach HI students in Shenandoah County (Virginia). I have been away from the classroom for 3 years while I worked at WVPT as an Education Specialist. I was never far away from the classroom or the new tools that have come into the classroom. It was sad to say good bye to the talented people I worked with but I really needed to get back to my passion, teaching. I chose special education, specifically hearing impairments, because my brother lost the hearing in one of his ears (unilateral) when he was very young.

I have already met a few new people who are just terrific. They have been very helpful and friendly. I know I’ll be in good hands as I start this new chapter of my life.

If you have any advice for a returning teacher, please post them in the comments section. Thanks!

Math Interactives

Filed under: Math,Technology — Kat Staton at 10:34 am on Thursday, October 1, 2009  Tagged ,

This multimedia resource includes interactive math activities, print activities, learning strategies, and videos that illustrate how math is used in everyday life. The resource addresses the following mathematics topics: Fractions; Integers; Percentages; Rate/Ratio/Proportion; Square Roots; Exponents; Patterns; Algebra; Linear Equations; Polynomials; Angles; Circles; Surface Area and Volume; Area and Perimeter; Triangles; Pythagoras; Trigonometry; Similarity and Congruence; Transformations; Shape Classification; Data Display and Graphs; Central Tendency and Distribution; and Probability.

As explained from their site, learned about via Twitter from @johnfaig

‘Free Math Worksheets’

Filed under: Math,Teacher Resources — Kat Staton at 11:56 am on Tuesday, September 29, 2009  Tagged ,

I know we are moving away from worksheets but sometime a little remediation is best done with a worksheet. Well, if you have a student or more that need some help, this is the place for you. Home School Math. They have worksheets galore for grades 1 – 5. If you didn’t want to print them out, project them onto the SMARTBoard and have the students write on that. Let me know what you think.

This site was found via Clif’s Notes (blog)

Idea Help

Filed under: Teacher Resources — Kat Staton at 8:50 am on Monday, September 28, 2009  Tagged

Do you need help formulating your ideas? Try this site, Pinball, from the BBC. 4 categories to choose from, Firing Out Ideas, making Quick Decisions, Mixing Up Ideas and Playing with Images. It might make your next brainstorm meeting more fun and more productive. let me know what you think. This link was shared via Twitter by dannynic.

Shapes Lab

Filed under: Math,Teacher Resources,Technology — Kat Staton at 8:37 am on Monday, September 28, 2009  Tagged ,

Here is a cute site to help reinforce shapes and fractions. Help Pablo finish his adventure by handing him the right shape. This was shared by tombarrett.

ABCYA.com LOTS of Math Websites!

Filed under: Math,SmartBoard,Teacher Resources,Technology — Kat Staton at 8:19 am on Monday, September 28, 2009  Tagged , ,

I learned about this site, ABCya as soon as I turned Twitter on this morning from ghartman. It is a colorful website organized be grade K-5. On each of the grade pages you will find different interactive sites to help support mostly the math content area. The colors and activities are sure to engage your students.


Filed under: Photo~Fun — Kat Staton at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 25, 2009  Tagged

Here is a link shared by Paula Naugle for all the tools/toys you can use with Flickr. There are many to choose from. I have used the Spell with Flickr and really like it. Which one do you like?

The Graffiti Letter A T S B L O yoGa

From the UK for Your SMARTBoard

Filed under: SmartBoard,Technology — Kat Staton at 11:23 am on Friday, September 25, 2009  Tagged ,

This site from Birmingham City Council (in the UK) has quite a few websites for use with the SMARTBoard. It is organized by grade level which is a little different than we do it here in the states. (Please note the money lessons are using their currency.) My favorite one is the Scary Spud, which doesn’t have much of an educational value, but is fun anyway. What’s your favorite?

Collection of Interactive Websites for the SMARTBoard

Filed under: Greeting,SmartBoard — Kat Staton at 11:04 am on Friday, September 25, 2009

Ok, this is the last link I’m posting from Central School District. This is their collection of interactive websites that would be great to use with the SMARTBoard. My favorite one is Yuckiest Site on the Internet but maybe that’s because it is from Discovery Kids. Which one is your favorite? Let me know.

SMARTBoard Collections

Filed under: SmartBoard,Technology — Kat Staton at 10:51 am on Friday, September 25, 2009  Tagged ,

This site, also by Central School District, contains images and Notebook backgrounds collected or created by Central’s Teachers. What’s nice about this is that the images will load/save in your gallery under my content so you will always have it. (unless you change computers)

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