Archive for May, 2013

Compare Program Standards

Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool Check out The Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool! This tool, compiled by The Texas Early Learning Council after two years of research and development, is a searchable database of early childhood program standards, categorized by topic. Federal and state program standards, as well as other national […]

New ELAR PD Courses Release by TEA through Project Share

  TEA has released new professional development courses that are now available through Region 10 in Project Share.   ESC 10 English Language Arts and Reading TEKS: Grades K-2 v1.0 ESC 10 English Language Arts and Reading TEKS: Grades 3-5 v1.0 ESC 10 English Language Arts and Reading TEKS: Grades 6-8 v1.0 ESC 10 English […]


Check out James Patterson’s website for recommended titles for summer reading and all year round!

Writing with Actual Pen and Paper

Today, I walked to my mailbox and opened it to find a card from my best friend-my friend who is on speed dial. We talk…a lot. We text…a lot. We message each other on Facebook…a lot. We do not send each other handwritten cards a lot, though. I was almost giddy when I opened it […]

Advice to Grads: 11 Lessons

Jon Gordon, author of The Seed, posted the following  11 lessons to graduates today.  This was too good not  share so here it is! 11 Lessons for Graduates and You Graduation is a time when many contemplate their future and purpose. It can be both a   time of great excitement and worry. I certainly […]

A Teacher’s Guide to Google Drive for the iPad

Here I go talking about Google again! Google Drive offers a plethora of tools for educators and students, so why shouldn’t I talk about it. Richard Byrne has a wonderful blog: Free Technology for Teachers. It is filled wish great resources, tutorials, links, and more. He created an awesome Guide to Google Drive for the […]

Trying to Cope when Disaster Strikes

Last week, there was a tornado outbreak in Texas. Yesterday, Oklahoma was devastated by another tornado outbreak. Today, severe weather was forecast again throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Natural disasters such as these, as well as the threat of natural disasters, leave many of us feeling very anxious and uneasy. Young children are impacted by these feelings as […]

SLJ FREE Online Event, SummerTeen – Hot Books for Young Adults-July 24

It’s back! School Library Journal‘s SummerTeen, an online event featuring the best books for teens under the sun! July 24, 2013 11:00 am – 5:00 pm EST This year’s lineup features hot YA authors talking about their cool new books. Panels will cover the latest trends in teen lit including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology, diversity […]

Crisscross Apple Sauce Isn’t Easy!

As the school year is coming to a close, some children (and teachers) have a tendency to get increasingly wiggly. Please remember that sitting crisscross apple sauce is very difficult for our little ones, especially for prolonged amounts of time! (Have you ever tried to sit like that for any length of time? I don’t […]

The Teaching Channel

Have you heard about the Teaching Channel? Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America’s schools. It is a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other. With the help of the Tch community, their mission is to revolutionize how […]