Archive for April, 2013

SYNC » FREE YA Literature into Your Earphones

SYNC offers free Young Adult and Classic audiobook downloads to introduce the listening experience.  Titles are released on a schedule throughout the summer starting on May 30th.  Check out the website for list of titles and to sign up for reminders.  You don’t want to miss the download window for the titles you want to […]

SYNC » YA Literature into Your Earphones

SYNC » YA Literature into Your Earphones.

Romeo, Romeo……

Did you know that 6,000 people each year write and send letters to this address: Juliet, Verona, Italy Who says literary characters aren’t real?! After all this time, people feel so connected to Juliet’s plight that they feel driven to think, write, and send a letter. To all those people who “don’t read fiction because […]

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child: Early Years are Learning Years

The week of April 14 – April 20 is set aside as The Week of the Young Child! This annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and, according to the NAEYC website, the purpose of the week is to focus the attention of the public on the […]

The iPad is a Trojan Mouse

Some thoughts taken from Larry Cuban‘s latest book Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education. Technology doesn’t magically change teacher’s practice. You can have students use iPads in much the same way that they once used slate boards. But what new technologies like tablets or laptops can do is […]

Neurodiversity in the Classroom

Here are seven ways that you can activate the strengths of your students with special needs, whether you run a full-inclusion classroom, a self-contained special education classroom, or anything in between: • Discover your students’ strengths. Before they even come into your classroom, find out about your students’ strengths and abilities by talking with previous […]

Tomorrow, April 10 – Go Blue for Child Abuse Prevention

When I was a little girl, I was blessed to live next door to my paternal grandparents. I will never forget my “Poppie” standing out in his front yard, pointing his cane to the Northern Sky and saying, “Do you see it, Kelley?    There’s a ‘Blue Norther’ coming in and it’s sittin’ on the river.” […]

AYP E News

I just sent out my latest version of the AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) enews. Want to get the enews? Join the listserv…..  

Train Your Brain to Look for the Positives

Have you ever played the game, Tetris, for long periods of time?  If so, it is possible that you have experienced what is know as the Tetris Effect.  In studies where gamers were asked to play Tetris for hours, they started seeing shapes everywhere,while awake and in their sleep.  As in this game, sometimes our […]

Council for Exceptional Children

  I had the privilege of attending the CEC 2013 Convention and Expo in San Antonio Texas April 3-6, 2013.  Wow!  It was overwhelming trying to select which events to attend from the thousands offered.  The program was 400 pages long so there was no shortage of offerings for any interest regarding the education of […]