Drinking Water Linked to Higher Test Scores.

March 15, 2010
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Quoting from a news article from NYDailyNews.com: Researchers at the University of East London examined what effect drinking water had on the performance of five dozen girls and boys between the ages of seven and nine. The research journal Appetite reported that half the kids drank a 250 ml glass of water (approximately 1 cup) and […]

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Tutoring and Learning Support

January 25, 2010

There’s no getting around it, the learning expectations for students are higher than ever. I list below a free virtual tutor and some additional websites that offer support in math and reading. Click on the images to visit each site. LearntoBe.com – free virtual tutoring NeoK12.com – math video tutorials IXL.com – Math practice TicketToRead.com […]

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Notes from President Obama’s Speech

September 10, 2009

Today we finally watched President Obama’s “Back to School” speech.  The kids were very excited and listened carefully to Obama’s words.  As they listened to Obama, each student took notes on things they heard that seemed important.  As part of our conversation afterwards, we made a list of some of the ideas students deemed powerful. […]

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Computer Science 101: Using Scratch

May 21, 2009

A big thank you to Mr. Becker for working with our class all day!  Mr. Becker joined our class to introduce students to computer programming using MIT’s free software Scratch. Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your […]

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Textbooks vs. the 21st Century

May 12, 2009

I discovered this video recently and thought it was a humorous look at how students (right or wrong) view textbooks.  I like how the student in this video referred to his textbook as a “foreign tool”.   In class this year, we are learning about the different parts of a textbook: index, table of contents, […]

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Salt Dough Spelling

March 16, 2009

Here is a great technique you can use to practice your spelling words.  The recipe is included in the video. As learners the more we involve our body and senses, the better we learn.  Try this method to learn your Geometry words!

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Learning Level Color Guide

February 9, 2009

I have heard that often elementary teachers do not do a good job preparing students for middle school. One common area where students are not prepared is the area of grades. In elementary school we have moved away from the grading system we all knew from growing up. Instead of As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and […]

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Copyright Information for Science Projects

January 26, 2009

In class we have started our science projects.  Our students are creating books, slideshows, and videos they will use to teach other Pioneer students about Living Things, including photosynthesis, food webs, food chains, biomes and endangered species.  We are using books and the internet to research.  As we research we are learning a lot about […]

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