Searching and Research Tools

I am always looking for good new search or research tools that support organization and clear thinking.  Found Instagrok in a blog I read this morning, and am liking the concept map output, with hyperlinks embedded.  I think there could be many good uses of ...

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Play

Thinking about how we instill a sense of play in formal school settings.  It seems that play is associated with time after school, weekends, and summer.  It is important, even essential, to engage in play.  In an interview with Annie Murphy Paul she talks a...

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Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations are an important way for teachers to get new ideas and connect with others in the field. Pick one organization of these to join via facebook or another social media platform.  Feel free to find a different group! Assignment Create a...

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Is school working for this kid?

(notes on) biology from ornana films on Vimeo. I wonder if we have space for students like this in school.  How can we balance the creative outlets for kids so they are creators?

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Engaging ELL Students with Technology

Here is a link to my presentation for the ACTEM conference Friday October 11, 2013 in Augusta Maine.

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EDU 101 Teaching Standards

Teachers have standards for the profession.  Different states use different standards, but many are based on the InTASC Standards  Click here for a full review of this information. When you graduate from UMF you will need to demonstrate that you meet Maine&...

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Bookshelfies

Found this site, Bookshelfies, while rambling through my daily reading and love it.  Since we just returned from living abroad I suddenly feel aware that I gave away almost all the books I own… and it feels like a little piece of me is missing.  I am d...

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Thrilled for the revival of the block

While on the one hand it is silly that people need to prove that playing with blocks works, I am glad there is a realization that play and less structure are good for kids! See this New York Times Article for more

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Teaching Grammar, perhaps this would help

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Dear Mountain Room Parents

Ah, being back in the classroom this year has been a wonderful return.  This article from the New Yorker (Day of the Dead or Halloween) was shared with me and has kept me laughing for the last week as I think about this funny and wonderful work we do as teach...

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