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KUSD Google Apps for Education - 41 views

    • ashleecopper
      Check out this link ( and other Google Apps for Education links. What are some ideas for ways that you could use this in your classroom?
    Google Apps provides filtered email to individual students in grades 2 and higher (and to classrooms of kindergarten and 1st grade students). Collaboration and other tools that are available that can be used across all subject areas.

Chronic Absenteeism Can Devastate K-12 Learning (Opinion) - 7 views

  • in a study of California students for Attendance Works, the organization that Hedy Chang oversees, only 17 percent of the students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and 1st grade were reading proficiently by 3rd grade, compared with 64 percent of those with good attendance in the early years. Weak reading skills in the 3rd grade translate into academic trouble ahead: Students who aren’t reading well by that point are four times more likely to drop out of high school, according to a 2012 study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Chronic absence in middle school is another red flag that a student will drop out of high school. By high school, attendance is a better dropout indicator than test scores.
  • A recent report, “Absences Add Up,” also from Attendance Works, documents what many know from common sense: At every age, in every demographic, and in every state and city tested, students with poor attendance scored significantly lower on standardized tests. In our schools, this translates into weaker reading skills, failing grades, and higher dropout rates. Rather than looking at attendance as an administrative chore, schools can use the same data as a warning sign to change the trajectory.
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  • The results were significant. Students with mentors gained nine school days—almost two weeks—during the year. They were more likely to remain in school and maintain their grade point averages than similar students without mentors. The program worked at every K-12 level: elementary, middle, and high school, with the greatest impact on students struggling with poverty and homelessness.
  • The mentors had several simple but straightforward responsibilities. They greeted the students every day to let them know they were glad to see them at school. They called home if students were sick to find out what was happening. They connected the students and their families to resources to help address attendance barriers. Mentors participated in school-based teams that analyzed data and shared insights about students. And they also supported schoolwide activities, including assemblies, incentives, and contests, to encourage better attendance for all students.
  • Elementary schools set up attendance teams to identify and monitor the students with the worst attendance. Part-time social workers, hired with philanthropic and state dollars, connected with families. Principals and teachers promoted attendance at back-to-school nights, at parent-teacher conferences, and through regular calls home. This work led to a significant drop in absenteeism in all elementary grades, particularly in kindergarten. The percentage of chronically absent kindergartners fell from 30 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 13 percent in 2013-14. And reading scores began to climb.
Glenn Hervieux

Uses for Seesaw in the 1st Grade Classroom - 30 views

    "Uses for Seesaw in the 1st Grade Classroom" Here are some of our favorite ways one teacher used Seesaw in her classroom this year. Examples displayed on a Padlet wall.
Deborah Baillesderr - 21 views

    Grades 1st - 12th. This resource was developed for parents by the PTA to inform parents what their child will work on in a particular grade and how they can help at home.
Judy Arzt

A Primary Blog For The 21st Century - 149 views

    Excellent blogged maintained by a 1st-2nd grade teacher. Includes some videos done with Animoto.
Donal O' Mahony

…trying to make learning explicit. | eLearning Island - 45 views

    Some thoughts on WordPress projects my 1st Year (about 7th Grade) students are doing right now...
Cathlin LaRocco

Weather Recommended Reading | Science Companion - 25 views

    Books and resource list for unit on weather- 1st grade
Beth Panitz

TES iboard - 38 views

    Free whiteboard and individual interactive activities for Early Education, 1st, 2nd grade. From UK
Katie Blair

Made for 1st Grade - 1 views

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Cathlin LaRocco

Weather Web Links | Science Companion - 43 views

    Websites related to weather unit of study
Jon Orech

Clive Thompson on the New Literacy - 3 views

  • The fact that students today almost always write for an audience (something virtually no one in my generation did) gives them a different sense of what constitutes good writing. In interviews, they defined good prose as something that had an effect on the world. For them, writing is about persuading and organizing and debating, even if it's over something as quotidian as what movie to go see. The Stanford students were almost always less enthusiastic about their in-class writing because it had no audience but the professor: It didn't serve any purpose other than to get them a grade.
    • Ed Webb
      Quite so. This is one reason I have students blog where practicable.
  • The brevity of texting and status updating teaches young people to deploy haiku-like concision.
    • Ed Webb
      Twitter to haiku, Not such a leap, after all: Hone your brevity
  • When Lunsford examined the work of first-year students, she didn't find a single example of texting speak in an academic paper.
    • tom campbell
      Stanford 1st year students - check the applicant profile - These are among the top tiered students in the country.
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  • know is that knowing who you're writing for and why you're writing might be the most crucial factor of all.
  • young people today write far more than any generation before them
  • (something virtually no one in my generation did) gives them a different sense of what constitutes good
  • kids today can't write—and technology is to blame.
  • "I think we're in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven't seen since Greek civilization," she says. For Lunsford, technology isn't killing our ability to write. It's reviving it—and pushing our literacy in bold new directions
  • Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn't a school assignment
  • Lunsford's team found that the students were remarkably adept at what rhetoricians call kairos—assessing their audience and adapting their tone and technique to best get their point across.
  • students today almost always write for an audience
  • (something virtually no one in my generation did) gives them a different sense of what constitutes good
tom campbell

Banned Unless Required - 59 views

I think the most salient point is to create learning experiences that captivate students and are compelling so that they use the devices as a way to learn what they want to learn. It's about the i...


Kelly Dau

Math Teaching Resources for K-5 Classrooms - 121 views

    This site provides a range of resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Also available are Math Journal tasks for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade for teachers looking to use Math Journals as a means of providing students with opportunities to organize, clarify and reflect on their thinking while developing key mathematical skills and understandings.
    This site provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
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