I always love using pictures to illustrate a difficult concept in math. My third grade students often had a hard time remembering the difference between a proper and improper fraction. At least until I got the bright idea to turn it into a visual. We talked about whether it was proper (or right) for a…Read More
Math, Manipulatives & Magic Wands by Karen Simmons & Cindy Guinn I love this book and my students love the projects! It’s easy to use with pictures that show the visual outcome. You know which NCTM standards are being addressed too. There are lots of reproducible sheets to help teachers and parents. Its packed with…Read More
Kids love to play on tablet devices. Why not give them some apps that will challenge their brains? These are some reading, writing and vocabulary apps that I recommend for the iPad. I’m sure there are similar apps for your computer or device. Shake-a-Phrase asks students to identify adjectives, nouns and verbs within the…Read More
Apps for Summer Fun! Summer is quickly approaching and kids need to be challenged. I love games that are not only fun but stimulate the brain! If you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, look for similar games for the computer. I especially like Rocket Math. This app cleverly integrates learning math with rocket…Read More
I recently came up with an easy way to learn the 13 colonies in chronological order. Stories are a great memory technique because they follow a sequence. The brain stores information using a sequence or pattern, so this is why it works so well. What children need to do, is visualize the story. As you read…Read More
This title reminds me of a line from a song in My Fair Lady, “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.” We may not know any other lines in the song, but we remember that one because it’s a type of mnemonic – a rhyme. Something is happening in our educational system and…Read More
I remember Goldie Hawn from the 70’s as the ditzy blonde comedian who made us laugh. I recently saw her on TV talking about The Hawn Foundation and how it’s promoting a program in the schools called “MindUP“. In my opinion, MindUP is a solid answer to many of our students’ problems. Watch this video…Read More
Yes, Kinesthetic Learners are the “shakers & movers!” They only make up about 5% of the population, but since their style of learning doesn’t fit into the norm, they are often characterized as having a learning problem. And most of the time, they don’t! These children do well being homeschooled or in smaller classes where their mode of learning is understood.
Kinesthetic learners learn best by moving their bodies, activating their large or small muscles as they learn. These are the “hands-on learners” or the “doers” who actually concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved.
The question is, “So how do I teach my kinesthetic learner?”Read More
I recently found the most amazing book Mapping the World by Heart by David J. Smith, that teaches students (5th grade through college) how to learn the names and locations of 190 countries in the world. And if that isn’t enough, the student is able to draw and label all the countries including rivers, mountains…Read More
Have you ever had someone ask you the name of a movie you recently viewed, and suddenly a thought passes through your head, “Oh no, I don’t think I remember!” And of course you can’t remember it! Negative thoughts or remarks are memory killers. It’s like we suddenly tell our brain, “Don’t recall the information.”…Read More