“Her Right Foot: A Picture Book About Statue of Liberty” by Dave Eggers is a welcome addition to our classrooms. Beautifully illustrated, “Her Right Foot” is in mid-stride, moving forward. The Lady Liberty had broken her chains and is on the move. She is not content to merely stand with a torch in her right hand. She has been and is a symbol of freedom and a beacon of hope and dreams. Eggers sheds a new light and enriches our discussion on life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom.
“Her Right Foot” Children’s Illustration Project – Enter to win a signed copy and a hand written note from the author.
Binary System Conversion Lesson Plan
Here is the “ Binary System Conversion Lesson Plan” for all middle and high schoolers who are starting their computer science careers :). This is perfect for all kids who prefer visual explanations. The pack includes visual step by step conversions from binary to decimal and vice versa. The second part of the pack consists of practice worksheets. Conversion tables are provided for each question, as well as, the answer key.
Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.
Rivers of Sunlight by Bang and Chisholm Lesson Plan
STEM learning, challenges, and activities heavily depend on reading. After all, what difference would all our STEM efforts make, if the design process doesn’t include reading foundation, reading process, and reading extension sources?
“Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth” by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm truly delivers as a highly recommended STEM picture book for elementary grades. The authors did a great job telling a story of the Sun powered water movement on Earth. This book is simply done right. It addresses the water cycle in all its complexities and touches on important concepts of the water movement from the movement of water from sea to land to the effects of the Gulf Stream on temperatures and climate.
This is a must have in every classroom.
As many of you know, I was born in Houston and attended public schools there from K-12. I have a large family, and many still live there. I have been in touch with my family members and all of them are safe. Here is a list of organizations coordinating donations to help victims of Hurricane […]
via A Message from My Family in Houston — Diane Ravitch’s blog
Every school board in Florida is experiencing teacher shortage. The reasons are many, but for the most part it is not because teachers are underpaid and hardly appreciated. The reason we are having teacher shortage is the fact that the new Florida Department of Education teacher certification test fails 50% of new teachers. The new teaching certification test is created to be “rigorous”, which means that it is created unreasonably hard, it doesn’t test what it means to test, but Pearson and the FDOE get to make millions on test fees for takes and retakes.
As a Florida parent, I admire the pursuit of “rigor” in the classroom. I want my kids teachers to be knowledgable and up to par. However, instead of providing our kids with best teachers our kids are now going to be in the hands of substitutes, who don’t need to have any certification. The lack of permanent teacher alone will create chaos in classrooms and disrupt education. How can Florida Department of Education say that they care about education if this is the outcome of their actions? This is the worst possible scenario.
Prepositions and their directionality are quite difficult for students to learn. This holds true for students in primary grades, ESL students, and even advanced learners of English. What makes Prepositions Builder by Mobile Education Store LLC, perfect is that students get to connect the visuals with written word and read one sentence at the time while building their reading fluency and comprehension. This app also builds students’ vocabulary and writing skills.
A must have for grades 1-3 and ESL instruction.
The Preposition Builder App builds students’:
– Knowledge and use of prepositions
– Reading Fluency
– Reading Comprehension
– Writing Skills
Perfect for daily incorporation of language arts and technology.