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Fun Winter Books

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Check out this blog and list of FUN WINTER BOOKS to read with your kids (or wrap for under the tree) over the holidays!  There are even a few fun adult books for us to enjoy.  Happiest of Holidays, everyone!

http://bookshareblog.wpengine.com/2014/12/winter-holiday-titles-that-will-tickle-your-funny-bone/

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Parental Involvement Makes for Success!

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PARENTS:  Create the best type of learning environment for your child by becoming his partner in education.

TEACHERS:  Engage parents in what you are doing at school.

Read the following article for some fabulous go-to ideas!

nea.org/tools/53192.htm

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Google Apps for Education

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I recently attended a webinar entitled “Intro to Google Apps for Education”.  These are a few of the things I learned which you may find helpful too.

  • Chrome has the current browser market share with 60.4%.  Firefox has 23%,  Internet Explorer has 9.5%, and Safari has 3%.
  • Chromebooks are nearing 50% of the market share sales in education.  They are generally around $249 so they are low cost, and they use Chrome apps and extensions.
  • 40,000,000 students are using Google Apps for education.
  • Google Apps are FREE.  These come in the forms of Google drive, docs, sheets, presentations, forms (graphic organizers), drawings (charts), apps and extensions.  (If interested, you can dive into any of these to find out more.)
  • They are safe and secure in the cloud, which reduces costs.
  • A very helpful tool is google docs, which allows collaboration on documents.  You can easily edit your students’ papers, for example.
  • Under “forms” you can create surveys or give quizzes.
  • Drive/Docs is like a hard drive where you can store everything–pics, videos, documents, spreadsheets, any type of file.

Feel free to share any other information you’ve come across in your recent internet travels–sky’s the limit!

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Creative Ways to Schedule Students

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How have you creatively scheduled your students–in the past–and this year?  Here are a few ways that have worked for me over the years.  Please share your ideas to help others as well.

  • Pull kids from different grades/groups into one computer group for Reading Assistant or Autoskills.  You can oversee all students at once.
  • If pushing into a general education class and you have more than once class to push into, ask the general education teachers if they would be willing to have all the resource students join one classroom for that subject are so you can service all students at one time, and more often.

More ideas?  Add them here.  Thanks for sharing!

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Aimsweb Math Progress Monitoring

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Sometimes it can seem like a logistical nightmare to organize progress monitoring paperwork.  Here are a few ways that I organize my Aimsweb Math assessments for my students.  In the beginning of the year, I make a binder for each student.  I figure out which grade level of prompts I need to copy for each student.  I make all the copies at once, including the answer keys.  Then I three-hole punch them, put them in the binder, and am ready to start.  Each time we finish a set of prompts, I score them and put them back in the binder.  I keep them in order and put a sticky note on the next one up.  With a separate binder for each student, I find that it’s much easier to stay organized.  Keep in mind that, as you monitor your students’ progress, you may need to take them up or down a level at some point, which will constitute a need to make new copies.  Please feel free to post a comment if you have other ways to make progress monitoring easier.  Thanks for reading!