Tidbits for Teachers



Tune in for one or all of these "pd Webinars" from Education Week

Reaching All Learners: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Diverse-Needs Students

Many teachers today feel overwhelmed by the wide range of their students' learning needs and levels of preparedness. This webinar series is designed to provide background and actionable tips in key pedagogical areas to help teachers better identify and respond to students' unique gaps and capabilities. All sessions will highlight concrete strategies for managing diverse-needs classrooms, developing knowledge and skills, and maximizing students' learning potential.

Choose one of these vital webinars for just $49, or select all three and pay only $129. View them live or on-demand!

Register by February 1. Webinars can be viewed live or on-demand!

Scholarships and help for students -

Scholarships available for "at risk" students
Students who are considered "at risk" or have a strong financial need can apply for college scholarships through The Mary Ware Scholarship Fund. The fund awards grants to students who will be attending college in Georgia. Applications and requirements can be found on the Foster Care Support Foundation's Web site. The application deadline is May 15. Go to: http://www.fostercares.org/Scholarships/tabid/166/Default.aspx

Good books -

Beyond the Bubble, Grades 4-5
How to Use Multiple-Choice Tests to Improve Math Instruction, Grades 4-5

Maryann Wickett and Eunice Hendrix-Martin show teachers how to move beyond the student's answer -- right or wrong -- to uncover understanding and/or misconceptions. By asking a few simple follow-up questions, teachers can learn a great deal about student understanding and make better, more informed instructional decisions.

Object Lessons
Teaching Math Through the Visual Arts, K-5

Caren Holtzman and Lynn Susholtz
When Caren Holtzman and Lynn Susholtz look around a classroom, they see "a veritable goldmine of mathematical investigations" involving number, measurement, size, shape, symmetry, ratio, and proportion. They also think of the ways great artists have employed these concepts in their depictions of objects and space -- for example, Picasso's use of geometric shapes in his Cubist still lifes or contemporary artist Tara Donovan's room-sized sculptures of everyday items.

Direct your own Video Lesson Plan - chance to win $5000!
Curriki is challenging teachers around the world to come up with the most innovative use of video for lesson plans, or student facing games or activities. Open to all K-12 teachers and all subject areas, top applicants will be able to publish their coursework to a global audience, while receiving a cash award or other prize for their efforts.

Four winners will each receive $500 and one grand prize winner will receive $5,000. Entries are due by July 31, 2011 and winners will be announced on August 31, 2011. Click here to learn more...

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been active in promoting civics education, overseeing the creation of an educational website to address students’ lack of civic knowledge.
Click here to view this interesting site...