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”
As a classroom teacher I fully believed in crafting high quality, experiential learning experiences for my students. I tried my best regardless of the curricular area to get my students outside the four walls of my classroom and exploring their environment. Furthermore, I truly believe in authentic learning experiences where a teacher helps the students connect their textbook learning to its real world applications. It was this ideology that help inspire me to create, Shape Hunt, an interactive math game that gets students out of their seats and hunting for math concepts in their everyday lives.
As you will remember, showcased some other math games from my geometry unit such, Quadrilateral Find Five. and Shape Bingo. I have also shared some of my favourite math apps for building spatial reasoning. Shape Hunt is yet another activity in that same geometry unit on shape identification. In this activity I also review skills from my measurement unit by having students practice finding the area and perimeter of each shape. Therefore, it is a multifaceted activity that infuses geometry, measurement and calculation into one lesson. I have adapted this game for different grades by choosing age-appropriate shapes for my students to find. For example, for the younger grades you could ask them to hunt squares, triangles, circles and rectangles.
Shape Hunt requires students to search their surroundings to locate different and identify shapes, then measure and calculate the area and perimeter. I often assigned this activity in pairs to encourage mathematical talk. If it is a nice day I would take the kids outside to the playground to hunt for shapes. This activity is a break from math drills and work sheets, and allows students to get hands on and engage with the geometric concepts.
A PDF of this game can be downloaded for free at on my Teachers pay Teachers store 🙂 Continue reading “Shape Hunt Math Game and Lesson Plan”
We are constantly talking about apps here at the Jordan Project. Whether it is spelling, reading, math or science, there is an app for it. But as we have reiterated time and again, it can be increasingly difficulty to cull through the swath of resources and pick the tools that will build the skills you desire. My latest article, which you will find a copy of below, for the Yellin Center covers a few great tools by Carstens Studios for building spatial and reasoning skills. So head over to the Yellin Center Blog or my article below for a detailing of these exceptional math apps. Continue reading “Great Math Apps for Building Spatial and Reasoning Skills”
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”
The Yellin Center just released their most recent newsletter. The spring edition features an article I wrote on my favorite learning apps. There are so many high-quality, educationally sound learning apps available to parents and educators. However, it can be a daunting challenge to navigate the plethora of tools and cull out the ones that will be of value to a specific child or need. In the article I have highlighted and rationalized my top choices digital tools that build skills in Math, Reading, Writing and early Literacy. Enjoy!
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
Hey teacher friends, check out my review of the amazing and beautifully curated writing app, Storybird. You know how much I love education, writing and technology. So being able to combine three of my passions by blogging about Ed Tech is a real treat. In the coming months you will get a lot more of it from different avenues. So until then enjoy exploring this free resource that really has the power to inspire and motivate even the most reluctant writers in your classroom. Let me know what you think, or send me some great tools that you use in your classrooms. I love to be inspired.
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As you know I am a bit of an ed tech nerd, it has been the focus of my undergraduate and graduate research. So I loved this new infographic up on the Knewton blog. Enjoy and get excited for the transformations in the education sector.