Monthly Archives: December 2013

Introducing the Following for 2014

New for 2014

1. “NonFiction Fridays” – Fridays are devoted to non-fiction text!
Reading books as well as online news sites.
a) Have a ton(!) of books spread around the room hidden in corners and nooks for children to “hunt for”.  Choice is important: Students can choose to read alone, with friends, in groups.
b) Fire up our computers and check out these “news sites” for students: http://www.timeforkids.com
http://teachingkidsnews.com
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/
http://www.firstnews.co.uk
http://www.gogonews.com
P.S. Stories can be of a sensitive nature … so always preview!
c) As a starting point consider the use of these Graphic Organizers when recording ideas, observations, opinions & questions: http://ht.ly/s7b0o

2. “Calendar Math” Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (This term we will include cells for “odd & even”, “factors & multiples”, “multiplication & division”, “All the ways to make ….”.) Google & Pinterest have tons of example pintables to view and make your own.

3. Mindfulness in the Classroom – for more information view the following:
a) What is Mindfulness? http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness & http://www.mindfulnesseveryday.com
a) http://mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk
b) http://themindfulclassroom.com/Home.html
c) http://au.professionals.reachout.com/Mindfulness-in-the-classroom
d) http://www.edutopia.org/stw-student-stress-meditation-schools-research

4. “Habits of Mind” – Class meeting theme – for information view the following:
a) Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/habits-of-mind-terrell-heick
b) http://www.slideshare.net/suziea/habits-of-mind-explained-for-students
c) http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/2012-4-23-mindfulness-classroom
d) Kingsway College in Toronto has truly embraced this concept: “Habits of Mind, Body & Action”. They have fulfilled those promise/goal. Please visit their school site to learn more! http://www.kcs.on.ca/Habits?rc=0
e) http://www.habitsofmind.org
f) http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108015.aspx
g) http://www.mindfulschools.org/resources/healthy-habits-of-mind/

What are you planning to embrace, include, do differently in 2014?
We would love to hear from you!

Happy New Year!

Cheers,
Ally

P.S. I recently came across this site which I found quite practical : dolch/frye http://teacherhelpforparents.com/2010/12/how-do-i-help-my-child-become-a-better-reader/