Life has been busy. So I apologize for the lull of posts as of late. There are a whole bunch of new projects and opportunities on the horizon that have been occupying my time in a very, very good way. However, I had a few moments to to pen a continuation to my Maker Movement articles for the Yellin Center. I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Design Thinking and how it can impact and enrich the learning process. Happy Making! Continue reading “Maker Movement Con’t: Design Thinking in Schools”
It is a new year which means new learning goals! We have talked in the past about the respect I have for the digital space granting adult learners the autonomy to DIY their own learning. Today we are going to dig into Personal Learning Networks, and how to promote a culture of life long learning well after you leave the traditional classroom. My latest article for the Yellin Center is attached below! Happy Learning! Continue reading “DIY ProD using Personal Learning Networks”
I have another article out for the Yellin Center. This time I dig into how to use infographics in the classroom to differentiate your instruction and meet the core mandates of Universal Design for Learning. Below you will find my article where I discuss a few excellent, easy to use resources for making infographics. Happy Learning! Continue reading “Using Infographics in the Classroom to Differentiate Instruction”
One of my all time favourite aspects of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and professionals across the globe. In all my years working in education I have actually never set foot in a teacher store, nor have I bought a published curriculum book like a black line master (crazy I know!). I draw all my inspiration from the wealth of resources fellow educators and instructional designers share in their own small corners of the web. The way I see it teacher blog reading, Pinteresting and teachers pay teachers perusing should count at professional development credits.
So needless to say I was super excited to see one of my favourite teacher blogs, Teaching Blog Addict, showcase my Free Halloween Bingo resource! Teaching Blog Addict is an excellent resource to find great education bloggers and a plethora of rich resources. Head over and check out the new resources being shared today, as there are constantly new materials being showcased.
The past month I had been asked by a few sources to cull my bookshelves and devise a list of my tried and true manuals for special education. One list I comprised for my former University will be coming out to showcase 10 exceptional resources. However, today, for the Yellin Center, I whittled and augment my list down to a mere five texts that make my life as a Learning Specialist a touch simpler. In my article, which you will find below, I elected to focus on technical texts, rather than teaching resources. The literature detailed in the article are resources on the current research and practical strategies for applying the best practices in learning theory. I hope they are as helpful to you as they have been for me. Continue reading “Top Five Resources for Special Education Teachers”
Last week we headed to the Catskills for the most perfect, cozy, blissful weekend escape. My nerdy inner elementary school teacher was as about the relaxation and she was about the setting of Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain in the real. To give a little context to my unabashed enthusiasm, when I taught grade 5 I devised an entire My side of The Mountain unit plan. It is hands down one of my favourite novel studies to do with a group of upper elementary school students. The story is set in the Catskills, and centers around the theme of survival in the wilderness. So as you know I believe in experiential learning. So naturally when I was teaching in the Northwest I made sure to infuse activities that got my students out in their natural environment to ensure the book really came alive. It really is one of the best books to create interactive, authentic learning experiences around. So while away this past weekend, I snapped a handful of pictures throughout our trip that I can put together in a slide presentation for fellow teachers to use to help their students visualize the setting of My Side of the Mountain. It is now up on my Teachers pay Teachers store. Continue reading “My Side of the Mountain Novel Study”
Another article is up on the Yellin Center Blog! You might remember that last fall I reviewed FableVision Learning‘s Animation-ish program. While during my exploration of Animation-ish, I stumbled across a few other awesome resources that FableVision has created. One of which is an amazing tool for learning how to structure an effective essay called, Essay Express. Crafting an essay requires multiple abilities including, spelling, understanding of grammar and sentence structure, master of written conventions, understanding of semantics etc. It is an area of writing that many students (all the way into their college years) struggle with and takes time to truly master. Often students come into the clinic having some of the key abilities in places but weaknesses in others. Essay Express is an exceptional tool that helps strength a students strengths and fill in any gaps they may have in the writing process in order to teach them how to devise strong written output.
So head over to the blog to read my review, the research that went into creating the program and the amazing aspects of this software that will make it beneficial for both home and school use.
I have been guest blogging and creating resources on my own for awhile now and a couple of exceptional teaching friends were kind enough to encourage me to open a Teachers pay Teachers store to share some of my resources with the greater education world. It is still a work in progress but I have officially launched The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers store with 30+ resources I have developed for you to explore. Many are free, and I would love for you to use them, share them and send me feedback on what you think. Everything from math games to literacy center activities to worksheets to general classroom resources are available. Furthermore, materials across grade ranges are up for grabs, and many are great substitute teacher activities due to their portability and minimal additional materials required.
You may have noticed, but there is now a dedicated page on the blog for the The Jordan Project Store so you will be able to access it seamlessly (since it will continually be updated for you). I truly hope you enjoy the content, and that some of the materials can help make your classrooms or home learning environments a little more exciting.
As you may know educational writing and resource development are two aspects of my new role as Learning Specialist. I for one could not be more excited about this opportunity (being paid to blog AND create?! What could possibly be better?). Since tech is a huge professional focus for me (and my graduate minor) I will be doing a lot of tech and resource reviews. As well, I will be using my training in instructional design to share some of the curricular resources that I have designed for my previous classrooms or students I work with currently. Creating and sharing resources isn’t new for me; if you like what you see make sure you also check out the Teaching Category of this blog for some other freebies I have designed.
This latest resource is a game I designed called, On a Roll, which is a fun way to bolster your student’s sight word recognition. For background on why sight words are important to young learners, the rules on how to play the game, insights into how I used this resource in my own classroom and links to the standards head over to my post on the Yellin Center Blog.
If you are like me and want to keep personalizing the words as your students learn I have attached below the word version of this game so you can fully differentiate this activity to meet your students’ needs. My personal preference is to print the word doc version since sometimes the formatting of the google doc (like the sample offered on the Yellin Center Blog) can be cumbersome to navigate.
Please use, share, adapt and give me feedback. I am always looking to improve my materials and also love hearing the innovative ways my peers use my resources in the classroom. I especially love pictures, and sharing them here with your permission! Happy learning.
On a Roll Game Handout
We all know how much I love to design curriculum from scratch for my students. Yet it has been such a long time since I shared one of the resources I have developed for my classroom. Life has been so grad school centric, which when compounded by the regular of end of the year school year crazy is leaving me with little time for much else. So in honor of the last day of school here is one of my favorite lessons I have created -Guess who? I originally saw the idea of converting an old Guess Who? game into an educational resources on Pinterest and began scrounging for old game boards so my students could make their own. However, even the Salvation Army prices were too rich for my blood so I decided to design and create my own game pieces that can be simply printed and constructed in the classroom. Continue reading “Teachable Moments: Guess Who?”