February 16

Developmental Studies Center: Webinars!

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Developmental Studies Center

Developmental Studies Center is one of my MOST favorite (I’m not even sure I have the correct name for what they truly are…) “Family”/supportive curriculum programs ever. I have known and used products and programs from DevStu for years but here is how they differ from 99.9% of every other program and company out there. When you purchase a ‘product’ from DevStu; all these wonderful and supportive people begin to call you and ‘they’ feel like little tickles under your teacher wings; it’s like that feeling you have when you call a company and an actual person answers the phone. You get taken aback for a moment because we have all become accustomed to being nothing more than a number in this (what to me has become terrible) technological-computer based run, customer service industry!! It’s truly refreshing!!

 They are the support you need as an educator and strangely when you are waiting for it to come from your district and/or school (and it doesn’t) here it is from a place where you feel like you may be a stranger…but don’t fear it…accept it and embrace it…join it and become part of the family. (You’ll enjoy it as I have!) That is why I feel using the word “company” to describe DevStu is truly a disservice; companies are no longer resemble anything similar to this. Calling DevStu a company would underestimate what has been established, the relationships they create with educators, schools, and students; it would devalue what Developmental Studies is truly about.

They (the support team; whether you need assistance with Math, Writing, Reading, Vocabulary) are always there … no matter the time. If you are in need- swoop…they there are supporting your wings while your struggle/adjust; making sure you don’t fall or falter all the while guiding you until you are soaring again. 

Dev-Stu is not just a system but a family… The entire organization is true and devoted to what their mission states:  They want to see educators succeed because they know and have seen the results of this. When educators have the skills and tools to succeed; this will lead to student achievement. (If only we could take care of poverty issues too…but that’s a whole different subject…)

I have used many of their ‘programs (I really don’t like to call them programs…because that is not what they are…but for a lack of a better word…) I have never been paid to write for them… I’m speaking from the heart when I state that I believe in their materials, professional development; because they put time, research and effort into each one of them. It’s not simply about money making as a bottom line (and after being in education for so long- it’s very clear when a company wants your $ or wants to see you and your students succeed)…

I cannot tell you why DevStu is so different and why this is the case… Maybe the company was started by an educator looking for a better way (I don’t know the history of the company); but if you are looking for worthwhile valuable materials, programs, and tools that are research based…. Check them out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. {If you are- I’d be very surprised and I’d truly want to know about it!!}

Here is a calendar of some FREE Upcoming Webinars I found that they are hosting, on a variety of topic… Please leave a comment to let me know if you’ve had experience with DevStu; good or bad—

http://www.eventbrite.com/org/55589421?s=3154703

July 5

New Posts: Math and Science

Check out the Science page for NEWLY posted information on an Invention Convention- and links to resources and sites which will provide you with information and lessons on INQUIRY and teaching students to question and wonder about the world around them!

The Math page has links and a Slideshow on Algebra resources- Don’t miss out on these GREAT resources!!

April 18

Tessellations… a Funny Digg!!

Attention all Teachers!! I found this Digg post and thought what a GREAT example to use in the classroom!!! If you are about to teach TESSALLATIONS (or ISOSCELES Triangles)… I recommend using this VERY FUNNY comic on Subway’s cheese and how they put it on their sandwiches!!

March 31

Dreambox Learning- a gr8 math resource!

I shared this with some other educators today… I’m often searching for resources (more often than blogging- unfortunately) that will help students/children and their teachers. When I come across something that I think is amazing- I will always share it with anyone who will listen!! Well, if you have a child struggling with math (grades k-5) then you must try the following website…

http://www.dreambox.com/

Dreambox learning (after doing my research) was developed by technology specialists alongside elementary educators. It’s not just another site with ‘games’ to play. These games are actually individualized and tailored per student/child… and all the lessons that have been developed are based on NCTM’s (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards. As a parent and/or teacher (I decided to get both subscriptions) you receive updates about each child’s progress, unlike other programs where you have to log-in to check the status and progress… Dreambox will send you each student’s status!!

Here’s another aspect that I LOVE about this website… It will alert you as to how long it has been since a student or your child has logged on. (For example, my daughter hadn’t logged in for a few days and I received an email letting me know… in a nice way… )

 OK… I know I already said I LOVED the site but here’s another great thing you need to know about Dreambox… the BLOG… a m a z i n g !!! This is one of the rare newsletters that I actually wait anxiously for in my “INBOX”… Why?? Their Newsletter includes links to other sites, book recommendations, ebooks, links to free activities, lessons to use in the classroom, activities to use at home to support learning, resources for monthly themes, kid-friendly events occurring online at amazing sites like NASA,  NCTM, and loads more…

One more thing… a math calendar of events will keep you busy all month long. Leave it on your fridge or print it twice so you can post one on your bulletin board too- Here’s the link to January’s calendar… (anyone have a kazoo???)

http://www.dreambox.com/blog/new-january-kids-calendar-to-ring-in-2010

I hope you check it out and find it useful as well. Let me know what you think… I believe in their product, as have others such as he Association for Education Publishing- they awarded Dreambox the Golden Lamp for Technology Innovation!

Learn why Dreambox is quickly becoming THE interactive math-technology tool to help support students!!

http://www.dreambox.com/

March 31

STEM … resources!

Although technology integration has been a key topic of discussion among many educators, forums, and found within hundreds of blogs, the reality of what will happen, based upon the discussions in districts and ultimately what will evolve within classrooms for the upcoming school year (and future school years) is the movement and emphasis upon mathematics,  science, and the combination of both with the utilization of technology.

 Teachers will find that they will be required to spend more time focusing upon mathematics and science education because of it’s importance for every student’s future. Technology will be integrated among the study of math and science; those teachers who can do so will be sought after to lead the path for future educators.

 Due to this trend, I will be trying to locate, and post, as many useful (and research-based)  math and science links on this blog; hopefully making them easier for YOU to find (you’ll just have to check HERE!!). If you have some that you highly recommend- Please let me know and I can add them to the list.

 When… and if possible…. I will list whether the site is directed more toward elementary, secondary, and or higher education.

Again- Please send along those links that you highly recommend as well!!!

March 28

Tools ‹ EducatorsHelper- tools and tips for todays teacher — Edublogs

EducatorsHelper- tools and tips for todays teacher — Edublogs.

Welcome to this website! I hope you find this place to be a useful spot for information to make your job easier! I’ve been a teacher for over 12 years and now that I’ve finally found a way to manage my day, a routine and a comfort level with my skills and techniques, I would like to be able to share whatever I can with anyone who wants to listen! I know that my first 5 years were difficult and the first year especially was pretty gruesome!! That’s why I decided to create this place, where teachers could look for helpful information- whether its literacy lesson plans or the latest research in literacy, mathematics hands-on lessons, books for integrating into the science and math block, great science lesson plans, behavior management plans and tips, to helpful hints for integrating technology… If you need specific information that you don’t see- JUST ASK!! If I don’t have the answer- I pretty sure I can direct you to the right source!!  Again… WELCOME!