Monday, August 13, 2018

Wild Ideas – Podcast

Here is a great resource for information on natural history. It ended broadcasting in 2014. This audio podcast is no longer active, but the episodes are still great to listen to.

The official description I found was:

“Your own nature talk! Observations of everyday nature leads to bigger ideas about the natural world and how it all fits together. Join a naturalist, a science educator, and a conservation biologist for friendly, science-based nature chats and down-to-earth interviews with selected scientists. Wild Ideas…the Podcast won’t keep you indoors! Take the wild ideas outside to enrich your personal observations and play—it’s good for you, good for your kids, and good for nature. Wild Ideas…the Podcast is produced by The Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center, land conservancy, and ecopreneurial organization.”

You can find 12 free episodes here:

Then it states, “If you enjoy these episodes, you can purchase the audio archive files of the entire series! Contact for more information.”

I have heard that you can get all of the episodes (200+) on a flash drive fore $20.

Have you listened to these? If so, what do you think? Please share.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 8/10/18

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Special Education resource page – “It includes easy-to-digest information about the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), evaluations and eligibility for special education programs, and concise definitions of relevant terminology. There is also a quiz at the end for readers to test their knowledge of the special education system!” (L:T; SA:A)

Classroom Management Strategies – that we can learn from Mary Poppins (L:T;SA:A)

Loom – “A new kind of work communication tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos.” (L:T; SA:A)

Hacking STEM Library – “Browse our library for downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun for everyone.” (L:T; SA:A)

Meet the Helpers – “MEET THE HELPERS is a public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness. Research has shown that introducing children to community helpers in a safe and fun environment can help them react better during times of crisis. Explore the video series and learn how you can use it in your home, school or community.” (L:E; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Number Talks – Book Reviews

By Nancy Hughes that was graciously sent to me by Ulysses Press to review. I am not being paid for this review.

This book is for teachers who need to know how to explain math concepts. I thought the book was okay but most teachers know their concepts and how to teach it. This book just gives an example of each concept. Then the teacher can come up with more examples for each concept so that the students may practice as much as they need.

I think this is good for new teachers who don’t feel comfortable teaching basic math concepts. This gives them a frame of reference to use. But, I don’t think experienced teachers of math need this book. It might be a good book to have as a reference in the school’s professional library.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Learning Place 2018 Recap

Last week I finished teaching my special education class to teachers getting their Master’s Degree in Special Education. I run a monthlong program called Summer Learning Place where the teachers teach students with learning and behavior difficulties.

This was a fabulous class and I’m so glad that I got to work with this group of teachers.

They all were early every day, so attendance and punctuality were never a problem.

The group as a whole had great personalities and seemed to mesh together really well.

They were quick to give each other support and offer help without being asked.

They turned in their paperwork early so getting reports checked and approved was an easy process.

Paperwork was turned in with very minor errors.

Some of them even went above and beyond what I asked them in order to make this a great experience for the children.

All of the parents gave positive feedback.

I was very proud of this group of teachers!

I learned a lot of new things from my teachers and hopefully they learned from me. Also, I feel like I was able to give some good advice and suggestions that might help them in their classrooms.