Archive | November, 2011

Reading Interventions and Resources

21 Nov

Click here to visit Shari Galgano’s Website for DIBELS Interventions Electrified!

Above is a link to an assortment of DIBELS Interventions catalogued by Shari Galgano Technology Resource Teacher of the Caesar Rodney School District.  The site is organized in categories:

  • Letter Recognition
  • Rhyme
  • Letter Sounds
  • Putting Words Together
  • Templates

There are a plethora of resources in each category.  The templates section includes documents (worksheet-like) intended for students to complete on a computer.  Some are for reading and some for mathematics at varying grade levels.

I envision this being used in the classroom at stations.  Students would work on a computer based on his/her need, i.e. rhyming, sound segmentation, etc… during workshop time.

This site is worth investigation.



via Reading Interventions.

Maria Knee–Kindergarten–Deerfield, NH

18 Nov

Click Here to View Maria’s Kindergarten Classroom Blog

Maria Knee, Kindergarten teacher at Deerfield’s Community School, has developed a comprehensive classroom blog featuring student work.  There is a link for each student in her class to demonstrate their work in her classroom.

Below is a video of her keynote speech at the Sakai summer institute this past summer.  She is a great example of how someone “does this” locally.

via Maria Knee–Kindergarten–Deerfield, NH.



Let’s Start at the Very Beginning – Keynote- Maria Knee, Sakai Summer Institute 2011 from DeerfieldCS on Vimeo.

eBook How To

16 Nov

Attached to this post is a step by step how-to lesson on creating a collaborative eBook with your class.  It is geared for the elementary age group, and it is completely realistic and doable.   The apps that could be used are called eBookCreator, BookCreator, and Creative Book Builder.  Written by teacher blogger Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano on her blog, Langwitches, the process will undoubtedly prove to be engaging, collaborative, and reinforcing for students.  Enjoy!

11.16.11–eBooks How To

Whole Brain Teaching – 4th Grade

15 Nov

Here, Chris Biffle shows a strategy called the “Genius Ladder.”  He demonstrates some of the tried and true Whole Brain Teaching techniques in the example as well.  Enjoy!

A Quizzical Response To the New Bar Codes| The Committed Sardine

15 Nov

A Quizzical Response To the New Bar Codes| The Committed Sardine.

For more QR Code information, click on the above link. �An interesting excerpt:�

“A subsidiary of Toyota developed QR codes in 1994 to track cars in the production line, and now the range of products with QR codes has gone so far beyond sedans that it includes the afterlife. A Seattle firm has started selling QR stickers for headstones, the better to learn more about the deceased.


In July, 14.4 million people scanned at least one QR code , according to comScore , a Seattle-based digital research firm. In August, the number hit 16.5 million.”

QR Code Follow-Up

8 Nov

Here’s the first one! This QR Code is the first that’s appeared in the building guiding observant scanners to more detailed information. Scan this and see where it brings you.


A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

7 Nov

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia.

Wow! Click the link above.

This article completely blows me away.  Judy Willis, a neurologist turned educator, explains why video games are so enticing to children and how that enticement relates to the learning process.  This is truly a must read.  I’ve removed a portion below to show how she makes this correlation.

…”What we can do is be aware of the reason the brain is so responsive to video game play and keep achievable challenge and incremental progress feedback in mind when planning units of instruction. One way to help each student sustain motivation and effort is to shift progress recognition to students themselves. This can be done by having students use a variety of methods of recording their own progress toward individualized goals. Through brief conferences, goals can be mutually agreed upon, such as number of pages read a week (with comprehension accountability), progression to the next level of the multiplication tables, or achievement of a higher level on a rubric for writing an essay. Free bar graphs downloaded from the Internet can be filled in by students as they record and see evidence of their incremental goal progress. In contrast to the system of recognition delayed until a final product is completed, graphing reveals the incremental progress evidence throughout the learning process. I’ve found that for students who have lost confidence to the point of not wanting to risk more failure, it is helpful to start the effort-to-progress record keeping and graphing with something they enjoy, such as shooting foul shots or computer keyboarding speed and accuracy.”…







NAEP – Our Nation’s Report Card

4 Nov

Some positive news for New Hampshire!

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Results
The release of Grades 4 and 8 Mathematics and Reading results for the 2011 National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,”
given to New Hampshire students last school year confirms the academic achievement of NH
students. For both assessments in both grades, the percentage of NH students
demonstrating Proficiency on the NAEP assessment increased compared to the previous
assessment given in 2009. Along with Massachusetts, New Hampshire grade 4 students, on
average, continue to have the highest performance compared to grade 4 students in all other
states and jurisdictions throughout the nation on the NAEP Mathematics assessment. For
Reading, New Hampshire grade 4 students retained their standing as one of the top-six
highest performing states in the nation. Of the six, only Massachusetts had higher
achievement that was statistically significant compared to New Hampshire. For grade 8, New
Hampshire students were among the top-ten highest performing states in the Nation on both
the Mathematics and Reading assessments. Only two states - Massachusetts and
Minnesota, had higher achievement that was statistically significant compared to New
Hampshire on the grade 8 Mathematics assessment. For Reading, only three states -
Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey, had higher achievement that was statistically
significant compared to New Hampshire’s grade 8 students. For more information go to

Faculty Meeting Prezi

4 Nov

Hello everyone,

I hope you enjoy your upcoming weekend.   Below you will find a link to the Prezi Ralene and I used for our faculty meeting on Tuesday for your review.  Enjoy!

Parent Conferences–Do’s and Don’ts

2 Nov

9.22.10–Parent-Teacher Conferences–Do’s and Don’ts – Google Docs.

Follow the link above to a Do’s and Don’ts tip sheet for Parent Teacher conferences.  The bottom line:  We work with their babies and they are our customers.  See you in the morning!