Saturday, January 30, 2010
Have you ever visited the TES i-board site? It has a ridiculous number of very high quality resources for Early Years teachers to use on the interactive whiteboard.
Take look for yourself :)
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I spent the whole day today singing this song in my head. I shared it with numerous people at work. I am banned from humming or singing it at home !
This is my favourite . I love it !
We will definitely be learning to sing and sign this song in our Junior Unit this term.
It's silly but quite contagious so be careful or you will be singing, humming or whistling it all day too :)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I have been looking at your blog and can see that you are a fan of the website Sparklebox.co.uk.
In case you do not know, the owner of this site is a convicted paedophile and this site has been banned in the UK by many schools.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I have been exploring some amazing free PowerPoint sites over the past few weeks. Today I came across a PowerPoint called Positive Guidance Techniques by Cathy Abraham on the World of Teaching site. I love this quote, which I have read many times before, but it seems timely to read it again just before I am about to embark on a journey into a new school year which will see me working as a teacher of children and teachers.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have been playing around with this terrific free download from the SEN Teacher website this afternoon. Mini- Sebran is a suite of early learning games for kids between the ages of 2-6 years.
It includes letter, number and colour recognition, spot the difference and an easy to use basic 'paint' style program.
The activity screens are simple and uncluttered which makes them ideal for working with students with special needs. Click on the picture to visit the host website which also has links to a more complex suite of activities, suitable for 4-9 year olds.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Amanda Gray, from Learn to be Buddies, is one of my favourite online experts. Amanda is an early childhood, special education teacher who is currently teaching university undergraduates how to develop inclusive teaching practices.
Amanda's blog is full of easy to read, research and evidence based advice for parents and teachers. Amanda encourages readers to interact with her, via the blog and her responses to questions from her readers are as informative as the posts she writes.
Amanda has also developed a set of excellent and very reasonably priced teaching tools which can be purchased through her website.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I don't usually post work that has been completed in my classroom on this blog but I've made an exception today. Eleanor had been desperate to own a pet for a number of years. Eleanor created this PowerPoint to convince her parents that she was responsible enough to take care of a pet. Guess who got a puppy for Christmas !
PowerPoint can be powerful motivator to get kids creating texts and a creative outlet for some students on the autism spectrum, to explore and share their 'special area of interest'. So many important ICT skills can be taught while kids are creating a PowerPoint and they are fabulous teaching tools, both as a process and product, especially when they are projected onto an interactive white board or shared online with family and friends through Slide Share.
I have spent the last few days adding links to the interactive white board area in the right margin. I have also added some links to some great PowerPoint resources, that you might like to use to inspire some little people in your world or to create something wonderful for them to share with you.
If you would like to see what else went on in my classroom last year, click on the rocket in the right margin.
Monday, January 11, 2010
By far the most frequently visited post on my blog has been one about Food Pyramid games and activities for kids. I have just had to delete that post because the link is broken. This lead me to a search of my own.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Please take the time to watch this excellent Teachers TV video on bereavement. This video offers some simple and practical advice on how to support students impacted by a death and the life changes that follow.
'Six children at Heron Primary School were bereaved when their parents died during the school holidays. Headteacher, John Coles, faced a significant challenge in helping his pupils cope with the loss. With the help of Julie Stokes of bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, he and his staff have effectively supported the pupils through and beyond the tragedy.
At Cleeve School, two teenagers died suddenly in consecutive terms. Deputy head, Leanne Symonds, shares her valuable experience and practical response in handling the deaths which affected the whole school community.
The school has also helped a pupil bereaved in primary school, by setting up a buddy system which put her in touch with an older pupil who had also been bereaved.'
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I was very excited to discover Tahirih Bushey's website called Autism Games. Tahirih is a speech and language pathologist and she has filled her site with Information, games and videos about how she works with children with ASD in her own practice.
Follow this link to discover how she uses this simple game .
I know that I am going to be visiting this site frequently over the next few days!
Friday, January 8, 2010
I know that you are completely over me talking about where to access PowerPoints but I am on a mission to make life easier for IWB users and I still have 2 more really great resources worth mentioning.
Pete's PowerPoint Station has a massive number of resources available for a range of audiences. Some are very basic and others complex. They are listed in Alphabetical Topic order and a bonus is that they are also linked to online games about the topic.
The Hiyah website is a must visit site for those of us loving and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability.
The site managers will email you once a month to let you know about new resources that have been added. The contact is not invasive and provides a regular reminder to check out what is on offer each month.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
One of my favourite online professional bloggers is Patricia Robinson , a therapist at Social Skills for Kids. Today her post lead to this set of 3 videos by the Dove company which beautifully sum up what young women need to know about how 'the media' distorts our thinking about what is normal. I particularly love the second video called 'evolution' which shows how an attractive, normal looking girl can be unrealistically glamorised for publicity shots. The first and last videos are poignant reminders to tell the young girls in our lives that they are beautiful. Click on the picture to follow a direct link to the Dove site the link. Or read Patricia's article about the video by following this hyperlink.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
If you haven't got hours to spare, don't go anywhere near Bev Evans' website, Communication 4 All.
This site is for any teacher who is time poor or technology ignorant or both like me :)
I am always on the look out for ready made resources that I can use on the interactive whiteboard because I spend all my spare time blogging and don't have time to make up my own !
This ready made visual schedule, embedded in a PowerPoint presentation, is fantastic. It is just one of the many resources you will be downloading from the site today if you dare to visit and your download limit is up to it.
Tomorrow, I am going to attempt to stay away from my computer and read a novel . Wish me luck :)
Monday, January 4, 2010
This wonderful cartoon comes from the booklet 'Students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms- A resource for teachers . This well written ,research based and easy to read document is the result of Australian Government Department of Education and Workplace relations (DEEWR) funded research - Project to Improve learning Outcomes of Students with Disabilities in Mainstream Classes in the Early, Middle and Post Compulsory Years of Schooling.
Anthony Shaddock, Loretta Giorcelli and Sue Smith, with the support of many other talented researchers and writers have put together this fantastic resource which is a must read for all teachers.
Follow the hyperlinks to find the research paper and resource booklet for teachers in PDF format.
Kathie Nunley has created a great site for secondary teachers who are keen to discover how to create differentiated curriculum to support students with additional learning needs and cater for the wide range of learning styles typically found in any classroom.
This site is filled with free articles and videos and materials which can be purchased online to assist teachers in their professional development and planning.
I am on ' a mission' to find quality sites about differentiated instruction during the Christmas holidays so check the right margin for more links and professional readings on the topic.