When students practice speaking skills they gain a deeper understanding of the relationships between letters and sounds. The four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are interconnected. If students are proficient in each they will be well-rounded communicators. Distinct advantages in society are gained by speaking skillfully; the abilities to persuade, inform, and direct… Continue reading Using Technology To Improve Student Communication Skills
Elementary school teachers are accustomed to working in a fast-paced, high-pressure, deadline-driven environment. We get the job done and at the same time the job is never completely finished. There are always more parent and student questions to answer. The topics of questions can range from “What are the dietary restrictions for the first through… Continue reading Crowdsource and Save Planning Time
When teachers read books aloud to students it gives the class an opportunity to learn together. This strengthens the classroom community as a whole. To extend these connections beyond classroom walls, try inviting parents to join in on the discussion. I wanted to encourage families to talk to their children about artificial intelligence and connections to… Continue reading Read Alouds Reach Beyond the Classroom with Bloomz
The free app will showcase this and its new integration with Clever at ISTE 2018 (Seattle, WA) June 25, 2018 — Today, the award-winning parent communication app Bloomz took a major step to become the all-in-one solution for schools and districts communication needs by announcing the addition of student user accounts. Starting in August, teachers… Continue reading Bloomz Adds Student Role to Target all School Communication
In order for students to thrive, there needs to be positive relationships between families, students and teachers. This year I posted videos to develop and maintain effective relationships with families so that they understood I was able to address each students’ story, strength and need. Here are ten times I utilized the video sharing option… Continue reading 10 Times Videos Boosted Parent Engagement
How exciting to take the class outdoors and head to Soundview Camp with the first through third graders at my school! This was a special trip to me because it was the first time I’ve ever planned an overnight trip for three classes of lower elementary students and chaperones. It’s hard to believe I’d been… Continue reading Off To Camp We Go!
At the beginning of the year each teacher at my school chose a virtue to be acknowledged for the entire month. Examples of virtues we have celebrated this year include respect, honesty, integrity, and tact. Joy is the virtue I chose for the month of May because students and teachers feel a delightful sense of accomplishment… Continue reading Virtue Of The Month: Joy!