Massive Educents Back-to-School Giveaway!

Have you checked out the Educents Back-to-School Giveaways yet? Now through August, don’t miss your chance to enter to win over $15,000 in prizes like talking stuffed animals, full-year curricula for all ages, a $250 shopping spree and MORE! Here are some cool items you could win! The mCookie 101 Basic Kit from Microduino ($99 value!) Continue reading “Massive Educents Back-to-School Giveaway!”

101 Amazing Educational Apps and Sites for Home Learning

There has been a lot of controversy over children, technology, and “screen time”. We cannot deny the benefits of technology in education – of which there are many: Khan academy tailors education for the individual Technology allows us to flip classrooms Tablets help children to learn on their own The educational benefits of Minecraft Minecraft education in theContinue reading “101 Amazing Educational Apps and Sites for Home Learning”

Self-Regulation and the Zones of Regulation

Some time back, I noticed posters like this in our school hallways. I found out from learning support that they were to help the children learn self-regulation. The posters were based on a concept called The Zones of Regulation. What is Self-Regulation? Self–regulation is the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses, and to think beforeContinue reading “Self-Regulation and the Zones of Regulation”

Minecraft: Education Edition is Out!

Ever since Minecraft came out, children all around the world have been drawn to it like moths to a flame. Many teachers have discovered the educational benefits of Minecraft and found ways to incorporate it into their curriculum. Now Mojang have gone one step further and created an education edition of Minecraft to make it even easierContinue reading “Minecraft: Education Edition is Out!”

Writing Resources to Encourage the Reluctant Writer

The following writing resources were recommended at a school workshop for encouraging the reluctant writer in secondary but I thought they were great ideas and tools for the younger aspiring writers. Writing Resources for School: Socratic Seminars encourage students to explore academic  topics in full (all subjects) – mapping both sides of a debate. ProvideContinue reading “Writing Resources to Encourage the Reluctant Writer”

Learning Support for Reluctant Learners and Additional Needs

These are summary notes from a series of workshops from our school.  Sensory resources & accommodations to support reading and writing at home Table work: Alternate desk away from distractions Standing table Alternate seating options such as a fitball, wobble seat, wedge, Frequent breaks Independent work: Provide quiet area with less auditory and visual distractions RepeatContinue reading “Learning Support for Reluctant Learners and Additional Needs”

The Summer Brain Gain

“All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.” – National Summer Learning Association. YouContinue reading “The Summer Brain Gain”

Raising Readers: Encouraging Reading for Pleasure

Reading offers numerous benefits for children and encouraging reading for pleasure is one of the best ways to keep children reading in the later years. Here are a few reasons why we should encourage children to find joy in reading: makes them smarter builds empathy helps them do well at school builds creativity and innovation improves theirContinue reading “Raising Readers: Encouraging Reading for Pleasure”

Supporting Spelling at Home

These notes are from a series of workshops from our school – this particular series was on supporting your children’s spelling at home. There are some annotations and additional resources which I have added. Learners of all ages need encouragement to ‘write, write, write’, and simply to spell words the best they can in first drafts.Continue reading “Supporting Spelling at Home”