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Virtual Flashcards with Quizlet

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Teaching vocabulary and need some help motivating your students to study? Quizlet could be a good answer for you. It is a great site for creating your own flashcards, using the existing database of flashcards, using powerful study tools, and playing study games. Best of all, it's free! It is very simple to create your own flashcards with your own vocabulary and definitions.  After you have created your cards, users can utilize the 4 different Flashcard Modes:  Flashcard Mode helps you get used to the material Speller Mode - great for auditory learners who have to type what they hear Learn Mode is a great way to "quiz" yourself and keep track of correct / incorrect answers Test Mode creates different types of tests, which you can customize There are also 2 study games your students can use:  Scatter, which is a matching game where answers are dragged and dropped, while you race against the clock Space Race is a way for your students to beat the clock, while

PSSA Time? Educational Game Time?

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Take a walk outside and you will see spring flowers, birds singing, blue skies, and kids on their way to take Pennsylvania's PSSA Test. It's often during this time of year when everything else shuts down, schedules become modified, and teachers are scrambling on what to do. I came across some educational game ideas that you may want to try out. Flash Hangman for ESL Students has many different categories of words for ESL and English speakers alike. This may be a great game for the class, to "guess" the word and then have a discussion or activity to define it.  Prongo is a good site for kids ages 6 to 12. It has a variety of games for learning science, math, and vocabulary.  The Problem Site contains games that require strategy and thinking for our students. This is a great way to develop our students' logical thinking during this "testing-overload" time period. I like the game called Entrapment, which involves strategically placing checkers in

POST # 100 - I'm "Flipping" Out!

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Have you ever felt like you were a broken record? That may be an expression that our kids have no idea what it means! Maybe we should say "like an iPod stuck in repeat." That is how I felt a few months ago. I was becoming very frustrated and felt like I was constantly repeating myself over and over again. I was assigning chapters, but my students weren't really "getting it." I was showing my kids how to do the work and they couldn't connect the dots. I was explaining the same things over and over, but not really helping my kids learn anything more. We were stuck and not moving very far.  I decided to take the idea of the " Flipped Classroom " and apply it to my situation. In the past, I have mentioned Khan Academy  where students watch a lecture at home and complete the work at school. The teacher then turns into a support rather than a broken record! I took a different approach with my one Accounting course. Each week, I record mysel

Questions to Ponder for Effective Lesson Plans

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Universal Design for Learning or UDL is not a new concept. In fact it's been around for quite awhile. Developed by CAST  , it evolved out of the idea developed by the late Ron Mace from North Carolina State University. Mace pioneered the idea of Universal Design in architecture. Instead of making accommodations for disabled individuals after the fact, why not design a building from the beginning with these considerations already made? It's cheaper and makes more sense. For instance, if you take a trip to your local mall, you walk through automatic doors, which are helpful to people who don't want to open doors, pushing strollers, or navigating a wheelchair. In the same way, accommodations should be made to our curriculum before students with or without different learning challenges enter our classrooms. According the UDL, curriculum should be flexible, so that students can access it and it does not become a barrier. What makes it even more challenging is, that the way w