“Snow Days” turn into “Know Days” in Rowan-Salisbury, Orange and Transylvania Schools (in N.C.)
There is a little county in North Carolina that doesn’t get much national press. But Rowan-Salisbury Schools in North Carolina made a historical move for teachers in our state today. With that move they blew up regional social media posts with teachers across the state talking about what it is they have done.
The following message was posted to their website:
Jan 9 & 10 School Status
Due to predicted low temperatures over the next few days with little or no changes anticipated, schools are cancelled for students on Monday and Tuesday.
These will be optional workdays for staff with the option of working from home with supervisor’s approval.
Yes. Yes, yes, yes! Finally, a system that gets it. This has been a no-brainer for a very long time. And it is what teachers have been pleading for. Teachers work …
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Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. Sight Words combines the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.
Sight words build speed and fluency when reading. Accuracy, speed, and fluency in reading increase reading comprehension. The sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without sounding out the letters. The sight words are both common, frequently-used words and foundational words that a child can use to build a vocabulary. Combining sight words with phonics instruction increases a child’s speed and fluency in reading.…
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Classroom Management with Bouncy Balls
Classroom Management can be tough. Often students need visual cues to help them stay on track. Bouncy Balls is a fun way to allow students to help monitor the noise in your classroom. Bouncy Balls works especially well during small groups, workshops, cooperative learning, literature circles or other group activities. Use it with your staff in faculty meetings! Project the site your interactive whiteboard and the students will manage themselves. Just a quick tip: You may want to allow some time during indoor recess to allow some practice time. Students are always fascinated when you first use this site, so you will want to do this a couple of times to be prepared for instructional use!
Bouncy Balls is a website that activates your microphone and detects the noise level. The more noise in …
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Free Rice (not just vocabulary practice)
I have always enjoyed word games. Free Rice is just that a simple word game that has been around since 2007. Free Rice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program. It is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.
Free Rice has two goals:
• Provide education to everyone for free.
• Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
If you haven’t visited the Free Rice website lately you will want to check out some new categories that are great for your students when they need a few minutes of filler time. At the top of the vocabulary box look for the words CHANGE SUBJECTS with an arrow pointing right. Click on the arrow to find a broad listing of …
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