Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tip of the Week: Walk and Talk: May 19th, 2015

I had the distinct honor of working with Dr. Lodge McCammon a few years ago at a Discovery Education summer symposium. Lodge is a speaker, educator (flipped classroom advocate), researcher, musicianpaper slide creator, and movement advocate.  He has contributed many original songs on DEStreaming that can be used by teachers in their lessons.  He created catchy songs for a variety of content areas, from primary grades through high school.

Here is Lodge's Solids, Liquids and Gas song:  

(click the play/arrow button)

Lodge introduced the educators in our summer session to the 'paper slide video' concept which many teachers use here in Sudbury to this day.

My post today is connected to Lodge, the "movement advocate", who has recently advocated for  "Walk and Talks" in our schools.  "It’s as simple as it sounds. If we can get our students or teammates up and moving while discussing information, it will increase cognition, memory, retention, creativity and achievement. Use the #walkandtalk strategy to activate the brain and create a healthy learning environment.... Put students in groups. Give each group questions to answer. Have them take a walk & talk."

Here is a link to some examples being done by both adults/educators:
Walk and Talk

And here is a link to research on the value of kinesthetics in the classroom.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Tip of the Week: BrainPop Revisited!: May 11, 2015

Sudbury recently purchased a subscription to the full suite of resources, online activities and classroom management now available with BrainPop.  I sent an update about this last June but since then there has been some confusion about the way to access this product.

Schools should NOT be purchasing site based licenses nor should teachers be logging in with those credentials.

To access our subscription to BrainPop you need to first log in and create an account.  You can find the BrainPop icon in the Google grid located in your email page.  

Click MORE and you should see the BrainPop icon.

After you select the BrainPop icon you will be prompted to select of you're a student or a teacher.  Select Teacher.  This will then bring you to a screen to enter the code that connects you to our subscription with access to all the great resources.

General John Nixon Elementary
sudbury_1, Educator Code: ZRYN4241

Israel Loring Elementary:
sudbury_2, Educator Code: MYIJ3835 

Peter Noyes Elementary
sudbury_3​, Educator Code: YRSA1625

Josiah Haynes Elementary​: 
sudbury_4, Educator Code: MMNN9335

Ephraim Curtis Middle School
sudbury_5​, Educator Code:  WPVB1418

You will then have access to all the videos and other resources as you did before, in addition to being able to give your students a code to access them as well.  They will be connected to you as their teacher should you choose to get into this at this level.  Enjoy!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tip of the Week: Teacher Appreciation: May 4, 2015

From author and illustrator Peter Reynolds...

This animated poem was created as a tribute to teachers and their vital role in nurturing the learning spirit in every child. It was also created with the hope of sparking conversation about the state of our educational system.