Monday, December 12, 2016

December Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It's December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza and New Years, we have some great ideas for you. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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A Celebration of Values
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning
Reasons and ways to incorporate values into your lessons this holiday season.
Election Musings in December
By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern
I came across this letter, written by a father to his children after the election. He said what is probably on many of our minds.
Make Math FUN this Christmas!

Engage your students with these Christmas Math riddles worksheets! I began creating math riddles to make math more fun in my own classroom. I love hearing my students giggle as they solve the riddle at the end of the worksheet. Students solve problems, each problem has a letter assigned to it and the letters help to solve the riddle. It is a great way to combine fun and learning! Make math FUN!
AAC From A to Z: A is for Aided Language Input
By Susan Berkowitz of Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting an AAC user, you'll want to watch this short video about using Aided Language Stimulation. This is the first step in implementing augmentative communication.
Keeping Your Students Engaged After a Vacation Break
By Marcy Howe of It's a Teacher Thing
Learn tips for re-engaging students after a vacation break.
By Thia Triggs of Print Path
Many children enter kindergarten being able to rote count. What comes next? There are 5 key elements of number sense within a kindergarten age group. 
Forging Connections By Studying Family
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching

Why Studying Family with young children is so important.
My Top Five Christmas Read Alouds
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR's Classroom
Here are my top five Christmas read alouds with some ideas fro activities.
Four Quick Strategies to Check for Understanding
By Shametria Routt of the Routty Math Teacher
As teachers, we are constantly assessing our students and gathering formative assessment data to drive our instructional decisions. When we use student feedback and data to make decisions, we cut-down on the time spent teaching concepts and skills our students already know or aren't quite ready for yet. Check out four quick strategies you can use today to check for your students’ understanding.  
3 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep Kids Moving for Math
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools
Keep students on task and engaged! 3 math resources that get students up & moving, while practicing math skills.
An Existential Tug-of-War: Making Thinking Visible with Tuck Everlasting
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs
This post explores critical thinking routines using Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. It shows the diversity of thinking that can occur in one novel study with upper elementary students. 


Please hop on over to read these December blog posts.

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