Making Music Magic In The Classroom

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Today we are going to talk about the power of using music in your classroom. There are four artistic processes that students can engage in during a lesson. They are:

Respond

Perform

Connect

Create

During Level One lessons students are engaged in responding to or performing music, during a Level Two lesson students are responding to or performing music as connected to academic content. A Level Three lesson engages students in academic content as well as musical content, and Level Four lesson involves students in the creative process as they experience all four artistic processes.

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Learning Names of Self and Others

 
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Hello Kinder Guardians! In this week’s podcast, we’ll be discussing some ways that you can teach your students their own names and the names of their classroom friends!

We also encourage you to try ESGI’s new program Dazzle to help you print your student’s names easily and in a variety of ways. Use code kiosk for a discount!

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A Fresh Look at Phonics: Interview with Wiley Blevins, Ph.D

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In this week's podcast we talk phonics instruction with Wiley Blevins! Dr. Wiley Blevins is a world-renowned expert on early reading, and author of the seminal book Phonics From A to Z and A Fresh Look At Phonics, among many other works. He has taught in both United States and South America, and he regularly trains teachers throughout Asia. He holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University and has worked with numberous educational scholars, including Jeanne Chall, Isabel Beck, Marilyn Adams, Louisa Moats, Dianne August, and others.

In this weeks episode, Dr. Blevins will join us to talk about his book A Fresh Look At Phonics. I just finished reading this book and it's made a huge difference to my understanding and teaching of Phonics this year. One of my favorite parts of Blevin's book is how it breaks down the components of phonics in a way that demonstrates the systematic order we should be teaching in. With his permission, I've posted a few of my favorite tables from the book. First, a table of alphabet letters in order of utility, and then a table of the most frequent spellings of English sounds. I've also shown an example of one of Blevin's blending lines from his book. I loved the way that he builds differentiation into his blending lines, as well as review and repetition.

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I highly suggest that you get yourself a copy of Blevin's book to help guide your instruction this year. I'm so happy that I've read it!

One thing that I am changing in my instruction this year, based on my reading, is building in more opportunities for my students to practice the skills  they are learning. To that end, I've created decodable sight word sets based on the most common sight words and the Wonders sight word/letter sound progression. I will use these this year to make sure my students get the independant practice they need.

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Star of the Week: Building a Classroom Community

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How do you build a classroom community? Two of the things we do are "Friend of the Day" and "Star of the Week". In this episode we'll walk you through the procedures we use to celebrate each child in our classroom, to help the children learn each other's names, and to build a classroom "family".

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Academic Rigor

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We all know that an essential component of education is teaching with academic rigor, but what is rigor anyway? Today we will do a deep dive into that very question!

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Developmentally Appropriate Kindergarten: An Interview with Christopher P. Brown

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Today we have an awesome conversation about appropriate practice in Kindergarten with Christopher P. Brown of the University of Texas at Austin. Christopher is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education. He holds the Maxine Foreman Zarrow Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Education. He is a Faculty Fellow with The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is also the Past-Chair for the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

His research centers on how early childhood education stakeholders across a range of political and educational contexts make sense of and respond to policymakers' reforms. He has looked at this issue across a range of political and educational contexts using multiple theoretical and practitioner-based perspectives that span the fields of early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, teacher education, and policy analysis.

Such work has led to empirical, theoretical, and practitioner-oriented publications on such topics as: high-stakes standards-based accountability reform in early childhood, early learning standards, pre-kindergarten (Pre-k) assessment, Pre-k alignment with elementary school, school readiness, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate teaching, the changed kindergarten, neoliberal reform, teacher education, professional development, and teaching a mandated curriculum. Among his publications, 25 have been co-authored with 13 current and former graduate students at UT-Austin.

His recent publications focus on three issues: 1) Examining how familial, education, research, and political stakeholders make sense of the changed kindergarten; 2) Understanding how practicing and pre-service early childhood educators in high-stakes public teaching contexts can engage in practices that support the cultural, individual, and developmental learning needs of children; 3) Examining the development of preservice teachers as they employ iPads in their teacher training program.

You can read more about why the change in kindergarten matters in his article for The Conversation and more of his ideas on how to fix kindergarten in his article for Business Insider. You can also preorder his book through this affiliate Amazon link:

 
 

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Managing Behavior

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In today's episode we discuss some ways that you can manage behavior in your classroom (including some of our own nonexamples). Plus, Mom makes a big confession about her past... We hope you find some useful and practical ideas you can put to use right away!

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Flexible Seating: Interview with Patti Clark of Lakeshore Learning Materials

Flexible Seating: Interview with Patti Clark of Lakeshore Learning Materials

Patti began her career at Lakeshore as a Product Developer in 2000. As a former elementary educator with ten years of hands-on classroom experience, Patti’s passion for helping children learn was second to none. In 2007, she took on the role of Elementary Product Development Manager, overseeing the creation of hundreds of innovative products for school-age children.

The Importance of Storytelling: An Interview with Michelle Lazarow and Peggy Kaye

The Importance of Storytelling: An Interview with Michelle Lazarow and Peggy Kaye

Have you been trying to maximize the technology in your classroom? I certainly have. That's why I was so excited to find the Homer Learning app for my kindergartners! In this episode we get to talk to Michelle and Peggy of Homer Learning about the app and about the importance of listening and telling stories to the development of reading. You won't want to miss this one!

Part Whole Mathematical Relationships

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In this week's podcast we talk about the importance of part/whole mathematical relationships and some activities you can try with your students to help them develop this important concept.

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Want to work on Part/Whole Number relationships with your students? Here are some free activities for you!

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Taking Care of Yourself

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Inspired by our own December stress, we're podcasting today about ways that we as teachers can take care of ourselves. We hope that all of you take some time this holiday season to get some rest and reward yourselves for the amazing work that you do!

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Reading at Home

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Parents, do you need some strategies for reading with your child at home? Teachers, do you need some ideas to send home with students to maximize their reading time with their parents? In this podcast we will address some of the things that parents can do at home with their children during reading time to maximize their skills.

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Need some books to read with your child or students? Try these out!


Building Working Memory

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Do you have students who just don't seem to be "getting it"? Perhaps the problem is their working memory. Today we'll discuss activities and strategies you can use to build your student's working memory, giving them the ability to better store the information they are being taught.

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Planning Writing Units: Interview With Kathy Tuchman Glass

 
 
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Kathy Tuchman Glass, a consultant and master teacher, is an accomplished author and former classroom teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience in education. She provides customized professional development services to K–12 educators with a focus on areas concerning curriculum and instruction. Among her many topics are differentiated instruction, standards work around English language arts, literacy, instructional strategies and teaching methods across content areas, assessments and rubrics, curriculum mapping, and backward planning for unit and lesson design.

Kathy is invested in increasing educators’ capacity to hone their craft and translate what she teaches to effective classroom practice. An author and dynamic, hands-on trainer, she provides professional development that educators can implement immediately to make a difference in students’ learning.

Kathy earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) and a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University. Originally a Midwesterner, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to hold a current teaching credential. You can learn more about Kathy by visiting her website.

Click here to purchase her book and make sure to enter the code "kiosk" at check out to receive 20% off!

 
 

Kathy has graciously shared these great resources with us to help us get started planning our writing units!

You can also try out one of our many writing center quick kits!

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Don't Let Them Take Your Joy: Interview with Dr. Jean

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Dr. Jean Feldman’s noteworthy educational career has spanned more than 40 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Kindergarten Alliance, and the International Reading Association. Dr. Feldman’s list of degrees include a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State University. Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN!

You can learn more about Dr. Jean by visiting her website, her blog, or her new "Happies" blog. She has so many great resources available there!

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The Alphabetic Principle

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Hello everyone! Today we will talk about the Alphabetic Principle, why it's so important, and some ways that you can teach it! We are both working hard on teaching alphabet letters right now and here's a picture of Mom's whole group alphabet materials to prove it.

 
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Are you working on teaching the alphabetic principle too? Here are some activities that might help you out!


Transitional Kindergarten: Interview with Palma Lindsay

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Today we have an interview with Palma Lindsay of KFUNdamentals! Palma is a kindergarten teacher who has stayed on the cutting-edge of educational research and technology throughout her 37-year classroom career. She has taught grades K-8, served as a mentor to new teachers, and shares her fun ideas in her innovative blog which is jam-packed with new and fresh ways to keep the FUN in the FUNdamentals.

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The First 9 Weeks of Kindergarten

 
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The beginning of school is upon us and we are tired! Here we'll present you with some tips for the first 9 weeks of kindergarten. If you are trying to set up a classroom based on play and investigative learning (like we are doing) it takes time (probably at least 9 weeks of practice) but it's worth it in the end when you've got a classroom full of little discoverers!

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Music And Song: Interview with Heidi Butkus

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Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners. Today Heidi joins us to talk about Heidi Songs and how music in the classroom can be a powerful tool for learning.

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