for Faculty & Staff - May 2015
Teacher Appreciation - Book Giveaway!
To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8), one lucky teacher will receive a copy of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller! To enter the prize drawing, click the URL below and simply enter your name by May 7th:http://goo.gl/forms/aXnQFD8jvh
Help Your Students Score Higher on Their Upcoming Tests
The article is written by Eric Jensen whose brain-based learning approach focuses on practical strategies linking brain research to student achievement. He provides easy, practical steps for enhancing brain chemicals:
Also, check out this article on his website, titled "Can You Raise Test Scores in 12 minutes?"
Our Library "Genre-fication" Project
What Genre Are You Living In? (fun quiz)
Discovery Education Activities
Analyzing Primary Source Media
Interesting Science YouTube Channels
Analyze My Writing
- listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing.
- word count
- how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types
- a word cloud
Hemingway is a another free tool designed to help you analyze your writing. The site offers a bunch of information about the passage you've written or copied and pasted into the site. Hemingway highlights the parts of your writing that use passive voice, adverbs, and overly complex sentences. All of those factors are accounted for in generating a general readability score for your passage. Note: I was able to use it on the iPad using Safari.
America's Most Literate Cities
The study, conducted by Dr. Jack Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, measures "citizens' use of literacy" through criteria including local bookstores, educational levels, Internet and library resources, and newspaper circulation.
Graphic by Darin Nakakihara, a fifth grade teacher from Laguna Niguel, CA
BitLit (Free iPhone App)
Who Wants to Be a Mathionaire?
Another fun game that's a free iPad app is 5 Dice. The game encourages students to use higher-order thinking. Given the answer but not the equation, kids solve the “target” number by working backward. Best of all, teachers are able to receive immediate feedback on students’ progress. The 5 Dice app works for students at different skill levels.
How to End the Year Strong
Larry Ferlazzo has put together a list of resources to help you finish the year strong. This school year has gone by so fast!http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2015/04/17/the-best-ways-to-finish-the-school-year-strong/