Archive for September, 2013

Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom…

Recently my mother and I were having dinner in a local restaurant, when a lady and her two girls stopped to say hello. I noticed the two girls continued to read their books while the ladies proceeded with their conversation. These were real books, not digital books! I wished I had paid more attention to […]

The National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Announced – The Daily Beast

The National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature Announced – The Daily Beast. This is the first time the National Book Awards is running longlists for its four categories, which are being announced exclusively on The Daily Beast this week: the poetry longlist will be released on Tuesday, September 17, at 9 a.m.; nonfiction […]

Let’s Chat! #TXL Chat that is

#TXLchat is an online forum for discussion among library professionals using Twitter. Join us for #txlchat on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays beginning at 8:00pm CST.  The next chat will be  September 23, 2013 at 8:00 p.m Great opportunity to share ideas, resources, and make connections with others sharing your same concerns, challenges, and celebrations! […]

New GED Testing Opportunities at Region 10!

  In response to the increasing need for GED testing, Region 10 Education Service Center, in conjunction  with Garland ISD, will be opening a new GED Testing Center at our Spring Valley building. This new state-of-the-art Pearson VUE® computer-based facility will serve the needs of candidates from Region 10. The testing center should be operational […]

iTeacher: Social Media and the Modern Educator

  Where are the real lines drawn in our virtual world? A cursory search of the Internet yields many examples of individuals who have lost their jobs due to social media mistakes. Recently, cited examples of employers (the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Police Department, a Nebraska Prison, a Harrisburg Pennsylvania emergency room) who had […]

Texas Foster Care Student Success Resources

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released a new resource guide pertaining to students that are in the foster care system. According to its preface, the primary purpose of the guide is to empower educators with information, resources, and tools to positively impact the educational experience of students in foster care. With this goal in […]

Engage Your Students: Start with Active Listening

In an inclusive classroom, there are many levels of instruction and many activities but one thing is common to the success of  all: active listening.  It is a skill that is seldom taught but absolutely necessary to the successful performance of students in any classroom.  The neat thing about this skill is that it can […]

Colored Markers

I heard something on the news this morning that I thought was kind of cool, so I decided to share! Do you ever wonder what happens to those countless colored markers that run out of ink? Do you feel a little guilty that these used up markers will end up in a landfill forever? If […]

School has Started and Football is Here

School has started and the first game of the football season is behind us.  There are many lessons that can be learned from a great football coach and here is one— Think like a champion.  Follow this advice to think like a champion in life, the classroom or on the field of competition. 1. Champions Expect […]