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Volume 8, Issue 19
October 2012
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What's New @ StarTeaching   Tech Corner: Are We Moving Into a Post-Literate Society? (part 2)   Cool Halloween Costume Ideas for Teachers
NEW! Tony Vincent's Blog: Upload Photos & Videos to Websites From Your iPad Fall Activities For Your Outdoor Classroom Themes on Life: 
"Halloween Humor"
NEW! Science Activities for Any Setting   10 Days of Writing Prompts   10 Days of Math Problems
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Education Economics (part 1)
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Building Positive Relationships Around the School: Cooks & Lunchroom Staff
Student Teachers' Lounge: The Many Benefits of Sustained Silent Reading
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Pathways To The Common Core
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Cool Halloween Costume Ideas For Teachers

By Todd Denning

Todd Denning runs the website Costume Machine, a costume search engine and idea generator. Find your perfect costume today at http://www.costumemachine.com

Many schools incorporate special activities into the curriculum around the end of October to have fun with Halloween. Whether hallway costume parade, fall festival, or Halloween party, teachers should get in on the costume fun along with their students. But, sometimes coming up with a great costume idea that fits a teacher's budget, will be a hit with the students and won't interfere with working through the day can be a big challenge. Here are some cool Halloween costume ideas for teachers that score an A+.

Storybook Characters: A good portion of school is devoted to reading, so why not incorporate a book into your Halloween costume? Come dressed as a current day popular or long-time favorite storybook character and watch the children's faces light up in glee. Younger elementary children will love to see you dressed up as a character that's helping them learn to read such as the Cat and the Hat or one of the many beloved fairytale characters. Older kids will appreciate seeing you as a character from other favorite books such as Junie B. Jones, Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus or a professor from Harry Potter such as Dumbledore. Snape or Hagrid. In high school, bring literary legends, such as Shakespeare, to life by dressing up as a timeless character from one of the classics.

Science Stuff: Science class always makes a great venue for Halloween teacher costumes. Dress up as a mad scientist with wild hair and a lab coat, a planet from the solar system, a giant frog labeled for dissection or a life-sized skeleton. If you are really creative, a unique teacher costume for science class is to dress as a strand of DNA. Wear a black sweat suit that you have attached with a helix of DNA made from colorful pipe cleaners and fuzzy pom-poms.

Role Swapping: Turning the tables from teacher to student is always a fun joke. You can come dressed as the head cheerleader, football player, loveable computer nerd, or any other appropriate clique at your school. The kids will get a kick out of seeing you make a fool out of yourself and these costumes are easy to put together from your school's spirit shop or an online costume shop.

Remember that teacher costumes should always uphold the standards of being a role model for the children. Follow the rules and conduct for dressing that is expected by the school and never wear anything inappropriate. For example, sexy costumes or especially gory and scary costumes would not be appropriate for teacher costumes. A good rule of thumb is that if you have any question at all about the outfit's appropriateness, even the slightest of concerns, it is best left at home. Instead, opt for a Halloween costume that would be rated G by everyone

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Upload Photos & Videos to Websites From Your iPad

By Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students.Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is written by Tony Vincent. Tony taught fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska for six years, and three of those years his students were pioneers in educational handheld computing. Then, as technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary, Tony brought the newest technologies into classrooms. Whether it was digital video, blogs, email, podcasts, or handhelds, Tony helped Willowdale teachers and students understand the usefulness of new technologies. Currently, Tony is self-employed as an education consultant. He conducts workshops, presents at conferences, and writes books based on his teaching experiences and passion for new technologies.

Always excited to share, Tony has documented much of what he knows about handheld computing and podcasting on his website, learninginhand.com. There you'll find useful software collections, the best webs links for handhelds, complete lesson plans, and an informative blog.

Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms! He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.


iOS 6 adds a much-needed feature—the ability to use Upload, Select File, or Choose File buttons and links found on websites for submitting files. Previously, when browsing websites that have a button for uploading files, nothing would happen when you tapped it on iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Now with iOS 6, tapping that button on webpages brings up your Media Library where you can select an image or video to upload.

Because of this simple addition to the operating system, you can change your profile photo on social networks, upload photos to a blog, insert a photo on a Linoit canvas, and submit videos to websites from iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch without having to install an app.

This is a big deal for schools using iPads. Email has been a primary way for teachers to collect student work (which often might be an image or a video). Email can be challenging to set up in school environments, especially on shared devices. Furthermore, email has file size limits—most notably you cannot email videos longer than 50 seconds using iOS's Email app.

So being able to simply navigate to a website or course management system and upload is handy. I love that there's no need for a separate app, which is the way many sites have dealt with the limitation. For instance, the only reason to use the Edmodo iPad app (aside from it remembering your login) is to upload photos and video. And it has been a multi-step process to add media to an Edmodo post from a device's photo library. With iOS 6, you can simply upload directly to a post on Edmodo by tapping the File link. It's so great that the File link now works, even though it feels like it should have worked like this from the beginning.

A handy way to collect student work is with Drop It To Me. It's a free service that gives you a URL where others can upload files directly into your Dropbox account. Students do not need a Dropbox account, only the teacher receiving the files needs one. Before signing up for Drop It To Me, you to sign up for a Dropbox accountDrop It To Me works well for collecting videos from Apple devices. Drop It To Me has a file size limit of 75 MB, which should be large enough to accept a video that's six minutes in length. Students can simply go to a teacher's Drop It To Me page, input the page's password, and select a file to upload. The video then shows up in the teacher's Dropbox. However, because you cannot change the name of an image in your Photo Library, photos submitted through Drop It To Me overwrite each other because they have the same file name. 

It sure would be nice to also be able to upload other files types, like PDF, Pages, and Word documents. Apple doesn't give us access to a device's file system, so don't expect this kind of functionally any time soon. We're lucky they let us upload photo and video files...


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The Many Benefits of Sustained Silent Reading


The benefits of classroom reading are many. Children (especially young children) have a natural love of reading. However, we at the middle school often see students who either struggle with texts or are turned off to reading. A great way of regenerating that interest is through sustained silent reading in your classroom.

This topic has been hotly debated recently in the International Reading Association newsletter. I'm not trying to enter this debate.  This article will simply describe what we in our school have observed and detail what we've done in our classes that has worked for our students.

First off, let your students choose what they read, whether it is a book, magazine, or whatever. It makes a huge difference in peaking their interest. Teachers already give (and require) plenty of specific readings through activities, literature, and in textbooks.  Students need the opportunity to read about what interests them, and this can occur when you allow them to choose what they want to read.  By all means, continue with your regular activities, but find a way to give your students time (in class is best) to read on their own.

It is very important for you as the teacher to model reading to your students. Read the entire time your students are reading too. Don't let this time be wasted on grading papers, checking email, or doing any other administrivia. If you want your students to take the time seriously, show them you are taking the time yourself and are enjoying the activity. Regardless of what the kids may say to you, they will imitate your behaviors in your class. You have this great opportunity to be a positive role model!

Just as in practicing writing and their skills through the week, you as the teacher need to schedule in time for sustained silent reading.  When I'm covering a piece of literature, for example, my class may read in a variety of ways. We may read aloud, I may read to the class, or we may play 'popcorn' around the room as students choose others. You probably have other out-loud reading activities you use too. These are great, and I always recommend them. But you should always give students time to read silently too. It doesn't have to be a lot, but I do recommend at least ten minutes, though not more than twenty. Think in terms of attention spans: plenty of time to become engaged in the text, read for a bit, and yet stay focused. Obviously some students could lose themselves in a book for hours on end, but not all kids have such a long attention span. Start with ten minutes and work upward, adding a few minutes each time.

In addition to literature we all cover in class, I also set up a regular library time so students can select their own books. We'll stay in the library for, again, about twenty minutes. I give students between ten and fifteen minutes to look over the shelves and 'try on' a book. Its like trying on clothing. This trial version is very important so students can start deciding if this is the book for them.  If it doesn't hook them in the first ten minutes, I suggest they try again. I'll try to make suggestions based on what I think the students' interests are. Sometimes we talk about what they like, what their interests are. Students are not required to check out a book, but they must 'try out' at least one book at each visit.

We designate each Friday after our vocabulary quiz for sustained silent reading. Students may read their library book, another book of their choice, or even a magazine from the rack in my room (I typically collect old magazines from everywhere and keep them in a large rack in class). Old magazines include the old stand bys - Reader's Digest, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. But I also gather Teen magazines, food and cooking, gardening, hunting and fishing, and video game magazines, among others. This way there are a large variety of topics for students to choose from.

The bookshelves in my room also have old reference materials and some outdated textbooks I've scrounged from other teachers. Some of your students will enjoy looking through drafting texts, recipe books, or science books, and you'd be surprised at the number of kids who love maps in social studies, history, or geography text books.

I've noticed a difference, especially in the attitudes of my students toward reading. Students given choices through the year were more engaged in the assigned readings through the year. Often, students (especially struggling students or low readers) have told me they enjoy reading, or they've found a topic or author they want to read more about, or the readings I did assign were some of the only ones they actually read (that year or in several years). Comments like that last one are bittersweet, because though I'm glad the student has regained the interest in reading, I'm sorry it took so long and the student was turned off in the first place. Sustained silent reading and allowing students to choose their own texts can be very powerful and beneficial to your students. You can be the teacher who makes a difference to your students.

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Are We Moving Into a Post-Literate Society? (part 2)

By Mark Benn, Instructional Technologist

Mark Benn is a Technology Integration Coach for VARtek Services, Inc. Having just completed almost 25 years as an educator for Inland Lakes Public Schools, and having received a Masters of Science in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University in 2010, he now works in a position that supports teachers of K-12 classrooms in the southwest Ohio region that are interested in integrating technology into their learning environments. VARtek Services mission is to be the best provider of managed technology solutions for enhanced learning in the K–12 marketplace. Our website is: www.vartek.com

Are we moving into a POST-LITERATE society?

Last month I tossed you the bombshell idea that we are moving into a post-literate society. Again, this doesn’t mean the students can’t read, but they choose to communicate in other ways. I left you with a homework assignment to read what other educational bloggers are saying. I also finished the article with the suggestion that you think about how this idea would influence the classroom.

So what should a classroom look like in a post-literate society?  Are we going to take out the printed word?  Are we going to box up all the books?  No, students still need to learn comprehension and other reading skills. It should be more of a change in balance.  It is more about our approach.

In the past, a traditional classroom was basically text based.  A 21st century classroom should be balanced with multi-media and text. In the past, a teacher would begin with a text-based lesson, and occasionally supported with a multi-media reinforcement such as a movie (or if you want to go way back, a filmstrip). With today’s students, our lessons should begin with a multi-media form of lesson to capture their interest and then move to a text support for added connection. Every school should have a contract with a multimedia center such as United Streaming. At www.unitedstreaming.com you will find thousands of movies aligned by grade level and subject matter. They have even aligned their media with state curriculum standards. But the best part is the fact that they have broken the movies into segments. Students today are multi-media driven, but at the same time when it comes to learning, they don’t want a 45-minute movie. They lose their interest after 10 -15 minutes. With segments, you can pick the exact part that fits with what you are teaching.

In summary, begin your lessons with multimedia. This will capture their interest quicker. Next time, I’ll talk about others ideas, such as gaming, to capture the interest of a post-literate classroom full of students.



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Fall Activities For Your Outdoor Classroom

By Clark Kugler

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Fall is a wonderful time to explore the outdoors with your children. With the seasons changing, the world is ripe for learning and understanding… and it is a rather interesting time as well!


October calls for pumpkins, gourds, and ghouls. No one but The Adventurous Child would associate Halloween with woodworking, but maybe that’s what makes us special. At the end of your Halloween celebration this year, hold onto your pumpkins! (Read on to learn why.)


The outdoors is the perfect place for banging nails and sawing wood. A preschool woodworking learning center may include a platform containing a tool storage cabinet, real tools and work benches. Children enjoy designing and constructing their wood masterpieces. They also learn to change physical properties like size, shape and texture as they master the tools and manipulate the material.


However, before you let the children construct wooden masterpieces, teach them about hammering with something a little softer… like a pumpkin! Its malleable skin will make it easier for children who are hammering nails for the first time. We recommend you use a roofing nail. With its large head and short body, it can be hammered in 2-3 tries. Once the children have mastered that, they can move onto hammering nails into wood, and from there, they can construct their tours de force. As always, make sure everyone is wearing safety goggles!


Early November is a great time to take your children for a hike. Whether you actually take them into the woods or around your playground, they will enjoy being outdoors during the seasonal transition. Now is the time to kick up some leaves and talk about the cooler temperatures. Ask them how the air feels on their skin, what colors they see, and what season follows autumn.


Some of the fun things you can do with children outdoors right now include engaging them in discussions about animals and plants that are going through autumnal changes; ask them whether the lighting is different (this works especially well if you take them outside at the same time every day); bring a notebook to use as a nature journal for written descriptions or pictures; bring a recorder to capture the sounds of the day; and bring several baggies and a black permanent marker to give your children practice with sorting. Collect seeds, nuts, pinecones, rocks, and leaves and place them in the labeled bag. (Thanks to Renee Carver for these wonderful suggestions!)


At the end of your hike, whether it lasts 15 minutes or an hour, you can sit down at your literacy gazebo and write and draw about your experiences. Children will be excited to talk about everything they saw, smelled, felt, and heard… while tasting some nice apple cider (our favorite autumn treat).


Autumn is an exciting time of year, so why not invite your children to learn from its many gifts?


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Education Economics
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Education economics or the economics of education is the study of economic issues relating to education, including the demand for education and the financing and provision of education. From early works on the relationship between schooling and labor market outcomes for individuals, the field of the economics of education has grown rapidly to cover virtually all areas with linkages to education. It has become a very vibrant area for research by young researchers, and it has led to four separate Handbook volumes covering both theoretical and empirical issues.

Demand for education
The dominant model of the demand for education is based on human capital theory. The central idea is that undertaking education is investment in the acquisition of skills and knowledge which will increase earnings, or provide long-term benefits such as an appreciation of literature (sometimes referred to as cultural capital). An increase in human capital can follow technological progress as knowledgeable employees are in demand due to the need for their skills, whether it be in understanding the production process or in operating machines. Studies from 1958 attempted to calculate the returns from additional schooling (the percent increase in income acquired through an additional year of schooling). Later results attempted to allow for different returns across persons or by level of education.

Statistics have shown that countries with high enrollment/graduation rates have grown faster than countries without. The United States has been the world leader in educational advances, beginning with the high school movement (1910–1950). There also seems to be a correlation between gender differences in education with the level of growth; more development is observed in countries which have an equal distribution of the percentage of women versus men who graduated from high school. When looking at correlations in the data, education seems to generate economic growth; however, it could be that we have this causality relationship backwards. For example, if education is seen as a luxury good, it may be that richer households are seeking out educational attainment as a symbol of status, rather than the relationship of education leading to wealth.

Educational advance is not the only variable for economic growth, though, as it only explains about 14% of the average annual increase in labor productivity over the period 1915-2005. From lack of a more significant correlation between formal educational achievement and productivity growth, some economists see reason to believe that in today’s world many skills and capabilities come by way of learning outside of tradition education, or outside of schooling altogether.

An alternative model of the demand for education, commonly referred to as screening, is based on the economic theory of signalling. The central idea is that the successful completion of education is a signal of ability.

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This is the fourth article in the series, dealing with your lunchroom staff. This article describes why you should 'get in good' with your school food service personnel.

School kitchens are great places to find boxes of all sizes and shapes, which have hundreds of uses in classrooms. We've used boxes simply for storage, for art supplies, for project centers. Cardboard is used in art projects, building sets and backdrops for plays. Large, sturdy boxes can also be useful for moving!

Food service companies typically drop off boxes and crates of bulk food items weekly. If your cooks know you're looking for boxes (or cardboard or cans), and you've developed good relationships with them, they will usually be more than happy to save these items for you.

There will also undoubtedly be times when class celebrations require plastic silverware, paper cups, or foam plates or bowls. Sometimes we know about such events, and other times they occur in relative spontaneity. Now, most kitchens keep a good record of their inventory, and will charge accordingly for the use of consumables. But, with a postive relationship built between you, the food service personnel will usually cut you a deal, or even find enough 'extra' items to help you out in a bind.

Middle school teachers may find their schedules changing at times to accommodate special events or programs. The Middle School Concept tends to do this a lot. Always let your kitchen staff know well ahead of time if your schedule change affects the food service even in the slightest. Most cooks will be accommodating if they have some advance notice. But this is only being polite and professional anyway!

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This Halloween, beware and watch out for witches flying on their brooms.  Be especially aware of any witches who drink and fly, 'cause everyone knows you don't drink and fly!

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10 Days of 
Math Problems
by Mary Ann Graziani

Day 1 Stacey has more cousins than Tom but fewer cousins than Lindsey. Who has more cousins,
Lindsey or Tom?
Day 2 Leo wrote fewer postcards than Pam but more postcards than Cathy. Who wrote fewer
postcards, Cathy or Pam?
Day 3

The maple tree is taller than the cypress tree but shorter than the elm tree. Which tree is the

Day 4 The coconut cake is larger than the vanilla cake but smaller than the chocolate cake. Which cake
is the largest?
Day 5 Tina swims faster than John but slower than Mary. Who swims slower, John or Mary?
Day 6 Fritz scored fewer points than Adrian but more points than Kathleen. Who scored more points,
Kathleen or Adrian?
Day 7 Caleb drove a shorter distance than Lynn but a longer distance than Ray. Who drove the
shortest distance?
Day 8 Todd did not write fewer postcards than Maddy. Maddy wrote more postcards than Ann. Who
wrote fewer postcards, Ann or Todd?
Day 9 Chad does not have more cousins than Barny. Dan has more cousins than Barry. Who has the
most cousins?
Day 10 Brad made fewer baskets than Kathy. Kathy made fewer baskets than Rina. Who made more
baskets, Rina or Brad?


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Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students. Tony Vincent
Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms!  He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.



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