An educational blog for teachers and students.

Fine arts hobbies
Posted on September 3, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz
Scrapbooking
With International Literacy Day just around the corner (Sept. 8), it’s a good time to consider scrapbooking as a source of learning in the classroom. Using basic construction paper, glue sticks, and old newspapers and magazines, students can create a scrapbook around a theme being studied. And don’t overlook clips and non-copyrighted photos from the Internet.

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Common core
Posted on August 17, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz
Try these discipline resources
Before meaningful instruction can take place, a teacher must establish a safe learning environment. This is often difficult for a variety of reasons -- from lack of parental involvement, to drug use, to personality disorders. Regardless of the cause, following school policy is the most important thing. That policy should include: the philosophy behind the rules, the person or group responsible for implementing the policy, the solutions, possible interventions and other actions.

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Computers
Posted on August 3, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz
Smartboard lessons and links

SMART or Interactive White boards bring useful technology into the classroom. However, as with all technology, without the resources to maintain the equipment and to properly train teachers, the technology can quickly drain time and money. Check out these sites for advice and interesting ideas to use the boards.

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Posted on July 23, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz
Celebrate Amelia Earhart
On July 24, the country celebrates the achievements of Amelia Earhart. This teachable moment can result is some excellent lessons integrated across the curriculum.

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Common core
Posted on July 5, 2010 by Alan Haskvitz
Develop file folder lessons
Twenty years ago I was cleaning out my files when I found one on which a student had drawn classroom notes. On the inside was a collection of word scrambles I had handed out. It dawned on me these inexpensive and tough folders would make a great way to teach and expand on ideas.

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