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Volume 7, Issue 12
June 2011
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Welcome back to our StarTeaching newsletter, 
Features for Teachers, packed full of tips, techniques, and ideas for educators of all students in all levels.

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In This Week's Issue (Click the Quick Links below):

What's New @ StarTeaching   Building A Positive Classroom Environment: Using Sign Language Signs   NEW! Science Selections: Rad Resources for Science Educators
NEW! Hank Kellner: 
"Write What You See"
Tech/21st Century Corner: 
Education Today: It's Changing
Teaching and Coaching: What I Didn't Know and What I Couldn't Know
Science Activities for Any Setting   10 Days of Writing Prompts   10 Days of Math Problems
School Features:
Year Round School (part 3)
New Teacher's Niche:
Teaching Listening Skills During Class
Student Teachers' Lounge: Modeling Student Behavior
Book of the Month Club:
Teaching Science with Interactive Notebooks
  Website of the Month:
www.hippocampus.com
  Themes on Life: 
"1872 Instructions to Teachers"
Article of the Week: "Vitamin D and Kids"   Summer Book Sale for Teachers      

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Building A Positive Classroom Environment:
Using Sign Language Signs

By: Kim Taylor-DiLeva

 

Classroom teachers are always looking for strategies to help the students in their class to get along with each other. Their ideal classroom has students who are all friendly toward each other and can problem solve on their own. Here are a few ideas, using American Sign Language signs, to help build your peaceful and positive classroom environment.

Students can problem solve easier when using American Sign Language signs, especially if they are younger or have a hard time with communication. It is easy for most all children to sign the words share, my turn, your turn, yes, no or wait, and can use these signs when conversing and problem solving with each other.

This strategy also comes into play when the need to express feelings arrives. Students can sign angry and mad, which allows them to show their negative feelings in a positive physical way (instead of in an aggressive way toward others). Students can even sign sorry, which is sometimes the hardest word for many children to say.

When you use signs to give directions (like sit, stand, line up, go, or start) youll find that your class becomes a quieter, more calm classroom. Because you are only signing directions, students not only need to pay better attention, but you are also creating a quieter atmosphere (which they will adhere to).

A more positive atmosphere can also be created by giving praise and encouragement more often. From across the room you can silently give praise (using signs like great, proud, beautiful or silent applause) and your students can give praise to each other in the same way. Extra encouragement can be given and received by all students, just by using a few simple signs.

If you want to start using some signs with your class, youll need to first look up the sign in an American Sign Language Dictionary, either in print or online.  Learn it, practice it, and then teach it to your students.  Once youve mastered one, try another one.  To make it easier, Ive created two classroom posters which will help you and your students to learn the signs and use them with each other more often.  You can find them at http://www. kimssigningsolutions.com/ productsshop/posters.html.

Dont be overwhelmed by all of the above mentioned signs if you dont know them. Just try one sign and then the next week add a new one. Start with the positive and encouraging signs. Just one or two signs can start your class on the way toward creating your ideal peaceful and positive classroom.

 

 

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Using Photography To Inspire Writing

By Hank Kellner

Hank Kellner is a retired teacher of English who has served as a department chair at the high school level and an adjunct associate professor of English at the community college level.

He is the former publisher of Moneygram, a marketing newsletter for photographer.  He is also the creator of many photographs and articles that have appeared in publications nationwide, the author of extensive reading comprehension materials for a publisher of educational materials, and a former contributor to Darkroom Photography magazine.  His self-syndicated series, Twelve Unknown Heroes of the American Revolution appeared in more than fifty newspapers and magazines nationwide.

Kellner's most recent publication, Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing, is marked by Prufrock Press.  His blog appears regularly at hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com.

The purpose of Hank's most recent work, Reflections, is to inspire student writing through the use of poetry and photography.  

Most of the poems and photos have been submitted by students, teachers, and others nationwide, though some are directly from Hank.  Although Reflections has not yet been published, all of its contents are copyrighted.  Teachers are free, however, to download selected contents for use in their classrooms.

Each selection will include a poem, a photograph, a direct quotation, and four trigger words.

We at StarTeaching kindly thank Hank for his permission to use the materials.

 

Quiet Entities
By Mignon Self

When there are quiet times,
Thoughts in between crowded spaces in my mind,
I think of the entities that bind the time in packages
Wrapped with colored twine.

Bubbles, spheres of rainbows floating in the air.
Laughter, sounds from happy children playing.

Butterflies
drifting softly in the golden wind.
Violets, blooming vivid among the greenery lie.

Kisses, a touch of love from deep within.
Glances, eyes that sparkle to say, "I'm here!"

Wine, the soothing taste that tickles as it goes down.
Clean sheets, crisp rough smells of speckled drops of sun

Stars, shooting through the evening skies.
Hands, that hold secrets of the brownie's past.

Sunlight drifting dots of dust giving life,
The entities of a crowded mind

 

Photo 11 By Hank Kellner

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."   - Buddha

RAINBOWS   YESTERDAY
LOVE   SOLITUDE

 

Forever
By Hank Kellner

A flower grew
In a corner of my garden.
Nearby, weeds waited
For it to wilt and die.
Go away, whispered the flower.
"Soon you will die!
But I will live forever.

 

 

Photo 13 by Hank Kellner

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

- Walt Whitman

NATURE  METAPHOR
PETAL  GARDEN

Copyright 2009 Hank Kellner

These poem/photo combinations are from Hank Kellner's upcoming publication, Reflections: A Collection of Poetry, Photos, and More.

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Hank Kellner is the author of Write What You See: 99 Photos To Inspire Writing. Published by Cottonwood Press ( I-800-864-4297) and distributed by Independent  Publishers Group, Write What You See includes a supplementary CD with photos. 8 x11, 120 pages, perfect binding, ISBN 978-1-877-673-83-2, LCCN 2008938630. $24.95. Available at bookstores, from the publisher,  and on the Internet at www.amazon.com and other websites. Ask your school or local librarian to order it.Visit the authors blog at http://hank-englisheducation.com. The author will contribute a portion of the royalties earned from the sale of this book to The Wounded Warriors Project.

 

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TEACHING AND COACHING: 

What I didnt know and what I couldnt know! 

By Dr. Mike Kanitz, coach and educator

Dr. Mike (Coach) Kanitz has been involved in athletics and education for 58 years at the high school, collegiate, and semi-professional (coaching) levels. He was recently honored with his induction into the Michigan Amateur Football Hall of Fame.  He believes strongly in the interconnection of schooling and athletics.

Coaching and teaching are the same thing in reality. To distinguish them as separate entities would be a mistake. After thirty some years in the classroom, I can honestly say that starting out as a young teacher/coach was very difficult. What I didnt know and couldnt know was that my Quarterback would some day be my realtor, my Guard would be my dentist, and one of my Centers would be a car dealer/owner I would buy two cars from. A star Defensive Back would make the FBIs Ten Most Wanted List and a Defensive End would become the warden of the Watergate prison.

I say my because of the energy invested in each and all of these youngsters as students and athletes. The oilman who visits two weeks per year at his million-dollar condo near my apartment was my manager. I never should have yelled at him that much! When my children were small and the school secretary would say to me, You just wait until your children are in high school.

I couldnt have known! Her kids were in high school and I couldnt have known the burden of parenting teenagers! While I was heavy into discipline, I didnt know discipline was a form of love or respect. As a young teacher I didnt know that you never take anything youngsters do personally. I incorrectly thought they were stabbing me in the back when they broke my rules. I wasnt the smartest coach/teacher, but I really was dumb! 

Teaching would have been even more rewarding for me if I had understood that delaying gratification in seeing the fruits of ones labor was part of the career choice. There is no immediate feedback for the tremendous energy put forth by a teacher. A coach gets a winning season some of the time and a teacher gets a peaceful semester some of the time. But, most of the time, the rewards come a long time after the work is applied. I didnt understand that dynamic and that led to the pressure and frustration of trying to get it right! 
I always thought batting 300 was something special. How did I not know striking out was 700 percent of the time? How did I not know the space rocket was off course 90 percent of the time on its way to the moon? Why did I think it took off and went straight to the moon, orbiting on its way?

How come I wasnt told that success in future life has only one statistically significant correlation. And that is involvement in co-curricular or extra curricular activities. I assumed future success was related to academics and grades! 

Did they try to tell us that teaching wouldnt be all roses in those teacher-education classes? Was I not listening?

Late in my career I finally figured it out. Teaching was a journey, not a destination! When a person gives the self-permission to enjoy the journey, everything seems to change. The individual stops sweating the small stuff, because everything is the small stuff! Teaching is a gift you keep giving back, not something you keep for yourself. When I learned that secret, teaching became a real joy. 

I wish I wasnt a slow-learner!

 

 

Grand Valley offers a Masters in Educational Leadership in Boyne City and Cadillac. If you would like to find out more about our program feel free to contact me at: jjudge2935@charter.net  or call me at 231-258-2935.

Many of the topics we will present will be for teachers seeking and administration position and for recently appointed administration. I will also receive comments from those who have just completed their first year as administrators. Since the program in Northern began eleven years ago we have placed over 60 GVSU graduates in administration positions.

 

 

Student Teachers' Lounge: 
For The Things They Don't Teach You In College

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Modeling Student Behavior

Whether you as a teacher realize it or not, you are the best model of behavior in your classroom. A large part of your proactive behavior plans should include your own behavior you demonstrate to the students every day.

You must set expectations for your students, demonstrate the behaviors, and be vigilant to correct the kids. Don't waver on your expectations; inconsistencies will only confuse the students and cause you more problems. 

If you stay calm, collected, and in control, your students will exhibit the same behaviors. The same is true about enthusiasm; if you are excited about your lesson and truly believe in its importance,

"Don't waver on your expectations; inconsistencies will only confuse the students and cause you more problems." 

the kids will respond in kind. Conversely, the kids will know when you are tired, bored, don't want to be there, or are 'winging it.'

If you are late to class, or don't start on time, the kids will pick up on it and be more likely to do the same. The same is true about the way you dress, the way you act, the language you use, and your 'body language'.

If you want your students working from 'coast to coast', or from bell to bell, you need to set the expectation of activity all hour. Start with a warm up, and ensure the kids are doing it. Keep them busy on activities with transitions between each. Don't let there be any down time. Work them to the end of the period, and have them pack up when you say so, not whenever they want to.

If you want your students to quietly read in class, but you are spending that time working on other things, it sends the message that you don't value the activity personally. Modeling the skill for the kids reinforces your belief that it is important. It show you as a lifelong learner who values the skills you're teaching them.

"Modeling the skill for the kids reinforces your belief that it is important. It show you as a lifelong learner who values the skills you're teaching them." The same is true for writing, or labs, or math problems. Students rarely have the chance to see real people performing school work - for many, the only examples (and role models) are their classmates. Work along with your students.

Now this doesn't mean you have to do this the entire time. You must also supervise, coach, monitor, and actively support their learning. But you can spend at least a few minutes 'at their level'.

Be a positive role model for your students. Don't just explain and show the behavior; be the example day in and day out.


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  TECH/21st Century CORNER

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Education Today - 
It's Changing!

By Mark Benn, Middle School Teacher

Mark Benn earned his B.S. from Western Michigan University and his Elementary Certification from Northern Michigan University.  He is a 20 year teaching veteran of 5th and 6th grade students at Inland Lakes Middle School in Indian River, MI.  He finished his Masters of Integration of Technology from Walden University. 

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 11 years as Department Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. dealing with emerging technologies.  He has been married to his wife Bonnietta for 32 years with one daughter and two sons.  In the summers, Mark works for Mackinac State Historic Parks in the as a historical interpreter.

Im going to say very little today, but instead let this series of articles as well as the video below do my talking. Education is changing, and we, as educators, need to look at what we are doing. The flipped classroom is a concept that changes the classroom totally around. Read the first article and then check out the links at the bottom of the page for the other two parts. There are more links dealing with the flipped classroom at the bottom of each article. 

http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/the-flipped-class-conversation-689.php

The video below is from Salman Khan, of the Khan Academy. He has created a staggering number of instructional online videos for students. This is an example of flipping - providing the content online to students to learn at home the night before school, and then using class time for guided practice, discussion, and activity with the teacher as guide and facilitator, rather than the teacher as the all-knowing sage who controls the information to be dispensed.

For more on Salman's website, visit: http://www.khanacademy.org/

One youve completed this, I challenge you to think about how this might affect the
way you teach and how it would help the students.

 

Great BLOGS to read on the changes in the way students learn

Doug Johnson The Blue Skunk Blog
Ian Jukes The Committed Sardine
David Warlick Two Cents Worth
Will Richardson WeBloggEd
Kathy Schrock Kaffeeklatsch
Tony Vincent Learning In Hand

 

 


Mark Benn earned his B.S. from Western Michigan University and his Elementary Certification from Northern Michigan University.  He is a 21 year teaching veteran of 5th and 6th grade students at Inland Lakes Middle School in Indian River, MI.  He is currently working on Masters of Integration of Technology from Walden University. 

Prior to teaching, Mark spent 11 years as Department Manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. dealing with emerging technologies.  He has been married to his wife Bonnietta for 32 years with one daughter and two sons.  In the summers, Mark works for Mackinac State Historic Parks in the as a historical interpreter.

StarTeaching Featured Writer

Mark Benn is a leading expert in using technology in the classroom.  
You can feel free to contact him on email at mbenn@inlandlakes.org or at his blogsite:  http://www.furtrader.blogspot.com/ 

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 Science Selections  

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Rad Resources for 
Science Educators
Summer Professional Development (part 2)

by Helen De La Maza

Helen de la Maza is a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant in southern California with almost 15 years experience in the field of education. She has written curricula and taught science, environmental science, and environmental education to students ranging in age from 4 to 85 years! 

She believes that learning the process of scientific thinking can help students think critically and be careful observers of the natural and human-made world. 

Helen earned an MS in Wildlife Science, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, California single subject teaching credentials in Biological Sciences and English, and a multiple subject credential. When she was in graduate school for her MS, she realized that "interpreters" were needed to communicate between the scientific community and lay people. Much of her work has been focused on doing this through teaching, training, and writing.

The Internet and World Wide Web provide the opportunity for massive amounts of information to be distributed to a wide audience. In fact, so much information is available that it is overwhelming to sort through! As a Science Educator you barely have enough time to plan your curriculum and assess your students, let alone spend hours surfing the web looking for great resources. The purpose of this new Science Feature in StarTeaching is to help you provide excellent information, media, and lessons to your students that are already available on the web. 

Ill do the searching for you and highlight every couple weeks some Rad Resources for Science Educators. Feedback is appreciated! Email me at: delamazah@earthlink.net

Summer Professional Development & Training, Part 2

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Learning Center
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/

If you want a better understanding of what you teach and how to teach it, the NSTA Learning
Center is the place for you. NSTA developed this 24/7, electronic professional development
website with your classroom needs and busy schedule in mind.

NSTA Web Seminars
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/webseminars.aspx

Free, 90-minute, live professional development experiences that use online learning technologies
to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, NSTA Press authors, and
scientists, engineers, and education specialists from NSTA partner organizations.

ASCD Online Webinars
http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx

Keep your pedagogy in place and get pumped up for the new school year with ASCDs Summer
Boot Camp webinar series. This intensive webinar series features presentations on tools for
new teachers, using technology in the classroom, brain-based memory strategies, differentiated
instruction, effective supervision, and habits of mind. Register today to save your spot!

Annenberg Learner
http://www.learner.org

Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in
American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution
of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional
development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the
Foundation's goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and
knowledge.
Professional development workshops and courses provide pre-service and in-service teachers with
content and pedagogical learning to strengthen their professional credentials.

National Wildlife Federation Webinars
August 10th, 5-6 p.m. EasternWebinar: Back to School with Eco-Schools USA (
http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=104882&view=Detail

Start off the next school year with your school ready to GO GREEN by learning about how to green your school inside and out, how to go green with state standards, and how to integrate the Eco-Schools program into your curriculum.

August 24th, 4-5 p.m. EasternWebinar: Taking Learning Outside (http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=105301&view=Detail

We will cover how you can teach nearly any subject outdoors and meet national content standards. Whether or not you have a Schoolyard Habitat or outdoor classroom, you too can take learning outside.

 

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Year Round School 
(part 3)

Courtesy of K12Academics.com

Year-Round School is the operation of educational institutions on a calendar-system that tracks students into class schedules throughout the entire calendar year. A primary motivation is that higher student throughput is accomplished via more effective scheduling of school resources. Funding considerations favor multi-tracking students, which allows more students to use the same number of classrooms - instead of constructing entirely new schools. Opponents cite higher costs due to utilities and the delay of building new facilities when they are needed, and ADM losses.

Disadvantages:

Opponents of year-round school cite:

Year-round schools show little to no academic improvement due to the calendar change.

Multi-tracking, while cost effective in the short term, actually ends up costing more due to higher utility costs, less or no down time for building maintenance, and the loss of opportunity to build before the cost of labor and materials rise after population increases force the building of new facilities. Multi-tracking does not alleviate the need for new school construction, it merely puts off the decision to build until it is even more cost prohibitive, thus locking communities into overcrowded schools and multi-tracking year-round calendars.

Multi-tracking can cause family and community disintegration. This occurs when siblings/neighbors are on different tracks. Further disintegration is seen when extended family and church members are on different tracks, or in the case of single-tracking, different inter sessions.

Teachers' ability to attend college classes in the summer is compromised due to a year-round calendar.

Teachers who have children in a year-round school, but teach in a non year-round school, or in a year-round school on a different track or calendar, are not able to vacation at the same time during the year or the summer as their family.

Teachers have more problems with children staying focused before a break, and upon return due to the more frequent breaks throughout the year.

Students on year-round calendars tend to lose out on summer employment to their non year-round counterparts.

Student burnout can increase due to the reduction in down time during the summer.

Advanced placement classes are sometimes removed in favor of year-round calendars.

Students in year-round schools have more opportunities to forget what they learned due to the added and extended breaks throughout the year.

Summer school, where classes can be taken for credit are replaced with inter sessions. throughout the year, for no credit.

Inter sessions. tend to turn into play time as inter session content turns into fluff classes and sometimes taught by community volunteers with no background check required.

Curriculum and materials for the normal school year are approved by the board, but curriculum and materials for inter sessions. are not.

Community members who want to maintain family time and traditions are pitted against those in favor of the change causing community division.

School districts frequently employ deceptive methods to push the calendar through. Many surveys are framed to yield a predetermined result, yet only the numbers are reported.

Difficulty in scheduling school-wide events such as student assemblies, open-house, or PTA meetings and other functions because at least 1 track is out of school at any point in time.

Child care is more difficult to obtain.

Some health problems are seen when conducting school activities and classes in the summer heat.

People find it hard to pay attention.

 

 

Article courtesy of K12Academics.com

K12Academics.com

 

 

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Teaching Listening Skills During Class

Presentations are becoming ever more common as teachers change to student-centered classes. These may be students or possibly guest speakers addressing the class. Regardless of who is speaking, the remainder of the students are comprising an audience that must be informed of its expectations during a presentation. 

We've developed a short, simple set of rules we call 'Expected Behaviors of a Good Listener'. All of our classrooms (each subject area) have posted these rules, and review them and utilize them whenever a presentation is given. They are easy to teach, remember, and monitor.

Rule 1: Look At The Speaker. This is a no-brainer. The audience is there to watch and listen to the speaker, and attention is mandatory.

Rule 2: Keep Your Hands Still. Free hands are unable to tap pencils, rustle paper, or drop spare change on a tile floor (one of my all- time greatest pet-peeves).

Rule 3: Never Talk When The Speaker Is Talking. This one again seems obvious. The audience is there to listen to the speaker, not to listen to another member of the audience.

Rule 4: Never Distract The Speaker. This is supported by the previous rules, but will also cover other situations. The audience should not make faces or body gestures that detract from the speaker's ability to present.

Rule 5: Keep Questions, Comments, And Laughter To Appropriate Times And Levels. Students will often have questions and comments about the presentations, and these are best posed at the end of the presentation. There will also be instances where funny things will happen or humor is used by the speaker. It is ok for the kids to laugh at these times (it's ok for the teacher to laugh too). We've had instances where puppet show stages and scenery props have fallen over. We've had tongue twisters gone awry. We've even had hilarious costumes and actions by characters. These and many others will happen as you present more often. That's ok, because these funny moments will help students remember the information better. Just remind students that laughter needs to be kept to an appropriate level, and not to carry on with it. Questions and comments can also be carried on too far. Don't let this time become an attack on the speaker (unless you're in a debate class!)

Ok, so what do we do about a student who chooses to not follow the expectations? We never give warnings, first of all. Once we've covered the rules, we expect immediate compliance. Many students have difficulty getting up in front of class without someone 'stealing their show' or causing them embarrassment.

Basically we take points away from that interrupter's presentation grade. The amount of the deduction is generally up to the individual teacher and weighted for the assignment. The first time it happens, we take off approximately 10% of the possible points. The second time is decreased up to 25% (we have little tolerance for disrupting a speaker). If it happens again, the student loses all credit and is removed from class for the remainder of the presentations.

Presentations are important for students, both as speaker and listener. Check out our website for a free printable copy of these rules that you can put on an overhead sheet or hand out to your students.

http://www.starteaching.com/freebies.htm#article5

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This month, we bring another great poetry/photograph selection from Hank Kellner from his upcoming book, Reflections. We also have a great set of science resources by Helen de la Maza, with a second round of Professional Development for the summer.  

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