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Oct 23

October 23, 2012

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Creating a Podcast in an Elementary Classroom

Podcasting can sound like a tedious and scary project to tackle with your class, and admittedly I have been putting off trying it for the past year.  But this year, I have reignited my desire to try out this new type of media, and I have to report to you all, that it turned out amazingly. What is Podcasting you might ask?  Podcasting is simply a voice recording that is made into a file format that is easily placed onto…

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Jul 9

July 9, 2012

Using Khan Academy as a Resource for Differentiation

Using Khan Academy as a Resource for Differentiation

Differentiation of instruction is one of the biggest challenges that teachers face every day.  Lessons need to be able to span a wide-range of levels.  If you have to continue to review basic foundational skills for students who don’t quite understand, you risk losing the rest of the class due to boredom and disinterest.  So, lessons need to be multi-faceted so that all learners are feeling challenged. This past year I taught a 4/5 blended class, and this range was…

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Jun 16

June 16, 2012

Setting up small groups for Math with IXL

Setting up small groups for Math with IXL

IXL has a wonderful reports section that I often wonder how many teachers use to its fullest extent.  Here’s one of the first ways that I used an IXL report, and it now saves me a lot of time making small groups for students who need additional math support. Let’s say you’ve taught your lesson, and you’re lucky enough to have the chance to use IXL after you’re lesson is done.  Your students all head into the lab and are…

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Jun 16

June 16, 2012

An introduction to IXL

An introduction to IXL

IXL is a web site dedicated to the practice and learning of math from pre-school all the way through algebra.  It is an amazing web site that I have used for the past three years with my classes of 4th and 5th grade students. When I first was shown this web site by a collegue I was struck by how many different skills the site included for each grade level.  I instantly wanted to be a part of it.  Luckily,…

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