Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hump Day Humor

SmartBoard Resources


If your smart goals or goals in general are related to technology or using the SmartBoard you may want to start with online tutorials. These videos are really very good at stepping you through the creation of lessons and activities.

SMART Technologies Videos

Want to start with something already created?
Visit the Smart Exchange from within your Smart Notebook.

Introduction to SmartNotebook: Video

Enhanced Skills SmartNotebook: Video

Math Tools SmartNotebook: Video


Additionally, there are online tutorials. I suggest you use your laptop right next to your desktop. Follow along with your desktop computer as you watch the tutorial on your laptop. This way you don't have to remember the steps you can follow along and pause the video tutorial as needed.Visit the link, go a quarter of the way down the page, find the getting started section, open the more link, select the tutorial that interests you.

Getting Started Self-paced Tutorials

Monday, April 15, 2013

Framing Objectives

I great way to get objectives across is to frame them. Below are two styles. One is a whiteboard framed with packing tape, the other is a frame with scrapbook paper inside and a dry erase marker on the glass. Framing the objective is appealing and gives students a common place to look for whats happening in class.

Whiteboard Wisdom

I spiced up the white panel board I purchased at Lowes with packing tape. What a cheap, handy project.

I use the whiteboards for displaying homework assignments and daily objectives. Hanging these boards saves the large whiteboard for daily lessons.



Students use the whiteboards for quick checks of skills.

Creative Crates

One of my favorite teacher tools is the file/milk crate.


Milk Mate Mailboxes

I use expanding hanging folders for each class period and file folders with each student's name. This is how I return papers to students and I even place handouts in their "mailbox" if they are absent so they can collect all their work with they return.



Crate Seat

Another idea I'm working on I got from http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-gave-in.html. A crate seat.


Book Box

Place the crate on it's side and use it to hold classroom books.

Tech Trunk

Use a crate to store a class set of iPads and easily take them where you are working.

Wipe Desk

Secure a white board to the top of the crate and use it as a writing desk.

Meme Monday





tan line
math jokes in memes

After exploring some of these memes in class give your students the assignment to create their own.

Create a meme rubric

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday



www.schoology.com is a great platform to get started delivering online content to your students if your school is not currently subscribed to an online LMS (learning management system). It’s free and you can share video, make students accountable for using it, and hold private discussions for your class.

For more information: Schoology.com

Monday, April 8, 2013

Meme Monday





sin b / tan b = cos b (explore with your students)
math jokes in memes

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday


Teachers Pay Teachers is a website where teachers showcase their best lessons. Yes, there are lessons for sale, but some of the best, easy to use lessons are available online for FREE. Each teacher is required to offer at least one lesson for free and many teachers offer more. You can find lessons about anything or request someone compose a lesson on a topic and you can determine the rate you will pay.

For more in-depth information: TPT website

Monday, April 1, 2013

Meme Monday



Be rational, Get real
math jokes in memes

Friday, March 29, 2013

Guided Note Strategies for Lectures

Lectures can be such a bore, yet sometimes lectures are the simplest way to get initial information to a large group of students or participants in a professional audience. Guided notes are tools for teachers and lecturers to maintain interest in the material being delivered. Instead of expecting individuals to pull out important information from a lecture, the notes are provided in advance and key words are given. So how do I make this happen, easily?
First open your PowerPoint presentation. Click on the outline view in the slide panel. Now you can see your entire presentation in a concise (or not so much) Outlined list. Click anywhere in the list. Now, the next step is dependent on your PowerPoint version. Screen shot of Office 2011 for Mac shows that you will go to the Edit menu, then select all. On Windows version you will find select all on the Home ribbon to the far right. Either way, find select all. This action will select all text in the outline panel. Copy the highlighted text: take your pick of methods…Edit->copy, right-click->copy, ctrl+c (Windows) or command+c (Mac) Then open your word processing software. Paste the text into the word processor. You should have an outline of your entire presentation.
Read through the entire presentation and underline the words you want lecture participants to fill-in. Once everything is underlined, save your notes. Now you will use the replace feature of your word processor.
An easy way to get the replace dialog box to open in Windows is ctrl+f, for the Mac select edit->find->advanced find and replace. Next is the hidden secret of find/replace. With your cursor in the first text box Select format button->font-> then select underline in the format dialog box. Click OK

Select the next dialog box, press the space key 10 – 25 times depending on the size of the text string you are replacing, Select format button->font-> then select underline in the format dialog box. Click OK
Click replace all, and allow the program to replace all your underlined words with black underlines.

Save As this document, I usually add _student to the current name. and viola. Quickly turn your presentation into guided notes for your audience.

Why Guided Notes? Even by the college level a 1985 study found that only 50% of the main ideas were captured in traditional note taking. Throughout the years, educators looked for ways to make taking notes more effective and guided notes is one way of getting the notes delivered to students. The guided notes techniques are especially popular with differentiating learning within the concepts of inclusion learning. As instructors started to see the benefits of guided note taking with students in special education they found there were benefits for all students as well. Of course, to some individuals they believe there are negatives as well. Positives Main ideas are obvious. Absent students are easily able to obtain notes. Students are more engaged in note taking exercise. Almost entire lecture is available to the student to review. Negatives Students are not finding the main ideas within the lecture on their own. Higher cost in paper and materials in preparation of the lecture. Students may only focus on key words instead of the entire message. Students do not have their own words to make the lectures meaningful to them. Takes more time to prepare. The negatives highlighted point to the lack of student accountability in the learning process and preparation on the lecturer. With these simple steps, if you are going to prepare a presentation anyway, the additional preparation time for guided notes is almost non-existent. If this is the sole form of note taking we are not balancing skills from an educator point-of-view, however if used as a model of picking out key terms and mixed with other note taking skills, guided notes could lead to students being more prepared to take notes independently after the modeling is completed. Students: Skills for the 21st Century Ask students to prepare guided notes for their classmates on a chapter in the book. Maybe even have them work in teams. After you model a couple chapters you pass the prep-time to the student, you evaluate their understanding of the material, you teach students 21st century skills, and you allow them the opportunity to take notes independently selecting the main ideas and supporting details. It's a win-win.

Resources: http://www.interventioncentral.org/academic-interventions/study-organization/guided-notes-increasing-student-engagement-during-lecture- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1389604/ http://ada.osu.edu/resources/fastfacts/Guided-Notes-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Monday, March 25, 2013

Meme Monday



Tech Tip Tuesday




Amazon Student is a great resource to sign up for if you are continuing your education or to share with your students. For $39 per year you can get FREE online streaming TV and Movies, FREE two-day shipping, and all the other perks for Amazon Prime members. There are so many resources on Amazon too like cheaper books and book buy-back programs.


For more in-depth information: Amazon Student


Or find free Kindle resources for teachers. *Did you know…you can download the Kindle app on your desktop or laptop computer and benefit from a variety of free online resources without owning a Kindle reader.


Kindle Reader Apps



Monday, March 11, 2013

the beginnings

Cross-Curricular Lessons

the beginnings....




I'm In Depth to You 
is a lesson using videos related to the Summer Olympics to investigate waves, the size, frequency and how the depth of the pool relates to swimming speed. I've named it "I'm In Depth to You" because a swimmer may just be owing a race to the depth of a pool. 

Science/ Math /Physical Education






Fueling Up 
is a lesson investigating the cost savings of a hybrid vechicle. Throw in some technology with an Excel spreadsheet and we have a practical lesson in budgeting.



Science/ Math/ Technology




Food for Thought
(Feeding Frenzy)

A lesson on feeding the hungry, using proportions, and linear relationships.  Social settings in the mathematics classroom. 

Social Studies/ Math
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Im-In-Depth-to-You