Saturday 30 November 2013

Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale 

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Wednesday 20 November 2013

Letter Reversals 'b' and 'd' 

Are your kids constantly making the mistake of writing 'b' for 'd' and vice versa? Are you in need of some support or mnemonics to bring some clarity for them? Well, here's a set of printables that would assist you and your kiddos. Click HERE for more details!

Sunday 10 November 2013

2D and 3D Posters for Your Kindergarten Classroom
This is a fantastic set of posters, mini books and  mats for use in the teaching of the properties and attributes of 2D and 3Dshapes to a kindergarten class. It is aligned to the Common Core Standards stated below.


This 86 page set contains posters for the following 2D and 3D shapes:-

2D Shapes
Rectangle/Oblong (both are included)
-Rhombus/diamond (both are included)

3D Shapes
-Pentagonal prism
-Hexagonal prism
-Pentagonal pyramid
-Square based pyramid
-Rectangular prism/Cuboid (both are included)
-Triangular based prism

Also included in this set are:-
-position word cards
- 4 assessment sheets,
-2 mini books
-10 Build-a-shape mats
-1 Build-a-shape recording template
-general posters for groups of shapes e.g. rectangles, cones, cubes, cylinders, etc.

Click HERE for further details!

Friday 1 November 2013

The Power of The Red Ink Pen

So is it ok to use red ink to mark your students' work? Does the color red place a negative meaning in the minds of our students? Well, I am sure you know that it was really difficult to find a clear cut answer to these questions. I found out that the whole idea is debatable and situational for the most. However, I want to share with you two ideas that I found that are in support of the use of other colors other than red. In a book entitled 'The New Teacher's Toolbox' written by Scott M. Mandel new teachers are urged to leave the red pens alone! Mandel explained...

"In American society, and in most societies, red is considered a negative color. In our society, it is used on stop signs and lights, warning labels, poison, to indicate the devil, and so forth. If you see a red light, you naturally hesitate. We are conditioned to view the color red as something negative, or at least prohibitive.
A paper that is handed back full of red marks conveys to the student, often subconsciously, that there is something wrong with him or her intellectually. this can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy, with the student lowering his or her own expectations and subsequent work quality."

Mandel also added that the use of more positive colors such as green or blue gives the child the sense that everything is alright, just like the green color at the traffic lights  which serves to guide drivers towards their destinations.

I have thought about it many times as I reflect on my own practice and I do believe that the color red does bring up a wall of self-consciousness, especially if we're talking about red Xs as opposed to red ticks. I encourage you to research this idea yourself and you can share your thoughts in the comments below.

You may be interested in these articles:

 Why are Some Teachers Prohibited from Grading in Red Ink?

Throw That Red Pen Away!

Nothing Wrong With a Red Pen!

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