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  • Teaching as Resistance: The Septima Clark Story

    “If only I could catch some of her spirit.”

  • Fact vs Fiction: A President's Day Lesson

    With increased access to information, students need to understand how to select appropriate resources. President’s Day is a great a time to teach about research and the selection process. I teach my students this simple acronym RADCAB!  This helps them to remember criteria for finding information.

  • National Student Volunteer Day

    National Student Volunteer Day is normally recognized in the United Kingdom. This year, it will be honored on February 20. I think it would be something easily adapted for use in the United States. I feel that volunteer work definitely leaves a mark on your heart. I can remember the first time I worked as a volunteer. That experience definitely changed my worldview. My mother had alway...

  • Teaching Students with SEBD

    As any teacher is aware, there are many tiers of student groups in education. In most schools, students are separated by grade levels. In classrooms, they may be grouped by academic ability. In many special education classrooms, they are categorized by need. Special education teachers are familiar with the spectrum of needs for their students. One particular category is students with s...

  • Freedom Writing: Students Expressing Ideas About Current or Controversial Events

    How can we support kids as they process their feelings about current or recent events happening in our world? Today's students had a front-row seat to school shootings, terrorism events, political conflict, and drug-related deaths for example within recent years, and they might have feelings of confusion, fear, or frustration. Educators have to navigate discussing these conversations a...

  • "Hope is a Song in a Weary Heart"- A 3-Part Series on Lesser-Known Heroines for Black History Month

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks Harriet Tubman Pauli Murray Your students probably recognize the first three names of incredible and resilient leaders from previous studies of Black History Month, but do they recognize the fourth name?

Big Universe Learning

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  • Intro to Big Universe for Emerald Middle

    Big Universe empowers teachers and engages students in grades K-8 leveraging technology to improve literacy and performance in all subject areas. We do this by providing a powerful but easy-to-use literacy platform that includes a large library of e-books, student publishing and teacher management tools. Big Universe is the only balanced literacy solution that supports standards and assessments, e...

Big Universe Learning

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  • Safer Internet Day

    How many individuals do you know that do not utilize the Internet in any form or fashion? I would say that you would be hard-pressed to name even one. The Internet has taken over our society. Although it has its pros, there are also cons. We’ve seen an increase in cyberbullying as well as the broadcast of material previously thought to be private. How do we prepare our students to util...

  • Black History Month - Civil Rights

    Was John F. Kennedy a civil rights hero, or was it Lyndon Johnson? One of the most important things to communicate to students about the Civil Rights Act is why it was needed. Legislation focusing not only on public acts of discrimination, but also on private prejudice. The comprehensive civil rights bill won the endorsement of House and Senate Republican leaders, but it was not passed...

  • Writing a Legacy: Celebrating Black History Month

    How does a culture survive through the ages?  The written word's impact on politics, faith, education, science, history, and more certainly demonstrates why it's a critical component to sustaining any culture.  Black American poets, playrights, authors, composers, and philosophers contributed many works throughout American history, so we at Big Universe want to recognize some of those ...

  • STEM Integration- Celebrate National Inventor's Day

    Today we will be discussing STEM and the process of implementing it into your teaching. Many schools are using STEM to enrich their students. STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This is not a program that is implemented in schools, but a philosophy based on problem-solving. By doing STEM activities, you are promoting problem-solving skills. These compone...

Big Universe Learning

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  • 28 Ways to Celebrate Reading

    February is affectionately called "I love to Read" or "Book Lovers" Month. Every day in February can be made special by completing a reading related activity. Here is a list you and your students will LOVE!

  • Creating A Makerspace Learning Environment

    The Maker Space is a learning environment where children, teens, adults, and families can tinker, design, and create together. Customarily, ideas range from wood working, plaster casting to electronics and 3-D printing, and the movement encourages experimentation, open-ended exploration, and belief that making mistakes is a great way to learn. Over time this new fade is based on the pr...

  • Xin Nian Kuai Le: Celebrating Chinese New Year

    The phrase "Xin Nian Kuai Le"  is Happy New Year in Mandarin.  The new moon closest to the start of spring dictates the beginning of the year in their culture, and each year i)s combined with elements of the earth (gold, wood, water, fire, earth) with twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig/boar).  This is the year of the fire ro...

  • Success Story: From Struggling to High Achieving Students, Leveled eBooks Support Learning Across the Curriculum

    Cary, NC - Throughout the Wake County Public School District students are reading — in class, in the library, during reading camp, and even at home. “Our goal is to get more books into the hands of students,” shares Sherri Miller, Director, K-12 Literacy. But when you walk through Wake County’s elementary schools you may not see children with books in their hands. Instead, you’ll see t...

  • 3 Brain-Based Benefits to Classroom Writing

    We all know that writing is good for learning. But, did you know how good it is for your student's brains? Here are 3 ways that writing benefits your brain! 

  • Individual Learning Styles

    Last week we discussed how to incorporate technology into your classroom. This week we will focus specifically on Individual Learning Styles and how technology can meet student needs. Technology allows students to work independently and as educators you need to discover ways meet their various learning styles.  

  • Activities for National Opposite Day

    I love quirky holidays and celebrations! On January 25th, set your sights on a day filled with National Opposite Day activities. Research done by Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock (2001) have created discussions on the benefits of comparing and contrasting. This concept provides the basis for effective instruction. I have included fun activities to boost students readin...

  • The Open Classroom

    The open classroom, by definition, is an approach to elementary education that emphasizes spacious classrooms where learning is informally structured, flexible and individualized. Open classrooms’ focus on students’ “learning by doing” and this concept resonates with those who believe that a formal, teacher-led classroom prevents a student from being creative and reaching their full po...

  • Poetry and the Inauguration: How Poets Participated in this Presidential Ceremony

    Today is Inauguration Day, a celebration and ceremony signifying the start [or continuation] of a president's administration.  Recognized on the 20th of January every four years, many entertainers, dignitaries, and American citizens participate in the festivities during and after the inauguration.  What is intriguing, however, is the relatively few poets involved in the ceremony.  It w...

  • Using Primary Sources to Teach Social Justice: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 4

    Every world-changer, social activist, and revolutionary stood on the shoulders of those before them.

Big Universe Learning

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Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

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  • Scaffolding: Why kids need it!

    Reading helps increase knowledge and vocabulary! Dr. Suess said, “the more you read, the more you know you will know”. Scaffolding goes hand in hand with reading.

  • Breaking Down the Standards

    Gone are the days that teachers decided what to teach in their classrooms. Now, we are left with the “How?”  Generally, your state provides your standards which are a list of items that must be taught for a particular year. Some states may provide timelines as well as resources. We all have now been introduced to a little thing referred to as “Common Core.”  As a first year teacher, it...

  • Building Bridges: Making Initial Contact with Students' Families

    Now that the school year is in full swing, educators must find a way to connect with the families or support systems of the children they serve. Establishing early contact with families promotes a healthy school-community partnership and demonstrates that you are not only concerned with the child’s success this school year, but also value their insight into how to best support their le...

Big Universe Learning

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Generated 5 months ago

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  • Formative Assessments:  Why do we do it?

    By definition, a formative assessment can be formal or informal but are used as a tool to change teaching and learning for your students throughout a unit.  Basically, it gives you “snapshot” of your students' newly acquired information.

  • Groupings

    A buzzword in the education community is flexible grouping. Flexible grouping is using student grouping to maximize instruction. Those groupings can be utilized in many different ways. Groupings can also extend to include partners. If you are just starting out exploring groupings or it takes you a little longer to get going, I suggest focusing on five types of groupings: Emergin...

  • Fluency Boot Camp, Week Three: PUNCTUATION

    The key is to get students to understand that punctuation is for the reader, not the writer. Not to mention, when students begin to focus on punctuation, the reader employs a rhythmic tonal quality that is not monotonous, but captures the patterns of the language, according to Fountas and Pinnell.

Big Universe Learning

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Generated 5 months ago

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  • The Importance of Progress Monitoring

    Progress monitoring is an integral part of the classroom. It allows you to assess a student's individual academic ability and provides a starting point for future instruction. There are many portions to progress monitoring. Your school may complete the minimum or complete a full-battery of assessments. Progress monitoring usually encompasses the following portions (explained in a simpli...

  • Fluency Boot Camp, Week Two: PHRASING

    There are many dimensions of reading fluency, in week one of Fluency Boot Camp we discussed PACE, which is the speed at which a child reads. The goal being to read at a just right pace, not too fast and not too slow.

  • Is Blogging in Your Technology Toolkit?

    Helping students find and use information is vital for their future success in the workplace. By providing various learning opportunities that use technology, you will see an increase in their reading, writing, and problem solving skills. This post will focus on how blogging can benefit you as well as your students.

  • Technology and Literacy go Hand in Hand

    The best way to become a better reader is by reading. This statement is true, but how do you get your reluctant readers to read? These are my go-to tips for students who need help finding the right book.

Big Universe Learning

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

Big Universe Learning

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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