Locust Grove Tech Tidbits
By Denise O'Brien, LMS/STC
Thinking Outside the Box.....
Grant Lichtman, senior fellow with The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, defined innovation as "preparing students for their futures, not for our past." This task is daunting to say the least. I was introduced to Grant Lichtman through a Ted Talks (I'm a Ted Talks Junkie) that he did after a year long trek he completed where he traveled the country looking at what schools can tell us about 21st century skills. One of the conclusions he came to is that schools absolutely and positively have to allow students to have control over their own learning. This thinking traces back to the work of educational innovators such as Dewey, Montessori, and Parker.
I encourage everyone when you have a few extra minutes this week, watch this 15 minute Ted Talk by Grant Lichtman where he shares his discoveries, insights and conclusions from this journey.
Use Shape Lab for a range of classroom activities:
- Create pictures using shapes;
- Investigate and compose patterns and tessellations;
- Explore measurement, area, perimeter, fractions, congruence and angles;
- Use photos to discover shapes in the environment;
ABC Phonics - Make a Word Free
Rainbow Sentences is designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues. The who, what, where, and why parts of sentences are color coded to help students recognize and understand how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure.
Students will learn how to recognize the parts of sentences such as nouns, verbs, and prepositions, improve their understanding of how combinations of these parts create basic sentence structure. Students have the opportunity to record their sentences in their own voice to improve their receptive and expressive language skills.
U.S. Geography with Flat Stanley
- Learn states, capitals and other state facts
- See pictures of important attractions in each state
- Scrambled letter spelling game to teach spellings
- Study seven regions or the entire country at once
- Match state names with shapes on blank map