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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Monday, July 21, 2014

News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

http://Help4Teachers.com          http://Brains.org 


  • Teaching Tip: Record Short Lectures for Students to Watch During Class Time
  • Hot Topic: New School Meal Standards Lead to Increased Healthy Food Consumption and Decrease Food Waste  
  • Quote of the Week
  • Kathie's Tweets on Twitter
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Record Short Lectures for Students to Watch During Class Time

Summer is a great time to start planning and working on short lectures for your students to watch on tablets, PCs or phones DURING class time for C Layer assignments.  If you make these available both during and after school, it eliminates many of the problems associated with BYOD implementation and reduces disparity issues with what's available at home.  So rather than "flipping" your classroom, I like to tip it "sideways" instead.  Read more in my article on Sideways Classrooms.  

 

  Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org 

 


HOT TOPIC: New School Meal Standards Lead to Increased Healthy Food Consumption and Decrease Food Waste

Despite rumors to the contrary, the new school meal standards are NOT leading to more food waste among students. This according to new research released this summer. Data was collected on food selection, consumption and plate waste at several urban, low-income school districts. Pre and post implementation were measured.  Turns out that fruit selection increased by 23%.  Entree and vegetable consumption rates increased and plate waste decreased.

Citation at the website.  

 

More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley

 


Kathie's Tweets this Week

 

  • Smoking may worsen psychiatric disorders & increase suicide risk.  Higher cig tax = lower smoking rates = less suicide
  • Strive to be more of a "coach on the sideline" rather than "the conductor on the front podium" in your classroom
  • New research further supports physical activity simulates brain function.  
  • Team with other teachers and students and start planning now for ways to better integrate cell phones into your classroom lessons. 

 


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If you've told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner."

                                                            -Walter Barbee  

                                                                        

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

I can feel another summer starting to come to a close.  Many schools here in the US will be having teacher workdays starting this week and next. There is excitement building over new ideas for the upcoming year.  

 

My summer is also coming to a close as I prepare for several back-to-school differentiation and Layered Curriculum workshops in August.  August also brings the annual national convention for the American Psychological Association.  This year we'll be in Washington DC.  As I've done in past years, I'll send Tweets on the hottest research and reserachers presenting and will cover in detail in the fall issues of this newsletter and on the website.  

 

I have several new workshop offerings for this upcoming year, including setting up a Sideways Classroom with Layered Curriculum (as opposed to flipping it completely upside down).  If you are interested in bringing a Layered Curriculum workshop to your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings available for your school.    

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Monday, April 28, 2014
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

  • Teaching Tip: Offer Choice on Written Exams
  • Hot Topic: Take Your Students Outside for a Walk to Boost Creativity  
  • Quote of the Week
  • Kathie's Tweets This Week
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Offer Choice on Written Exams
Along with adding student choice on assignments, consider also including choice on tests.  For example students could choose 4 out of the 5 sections to complete, or "answer any 15 of the following 25 questions," etc.  Or you could even have 3 different types of exams and students could choose one to complete entirely.  
 
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HOT TOPIC: Take Your Students Outside for a Walk to Boost Creativity
Taking a walk, especially outside, boosts creativity.  Researchers have discovered that walking leads to more creative and divergent thinking - both while walking and right after walking. They had 4 groups of participants either sit indoors, walk an indoor treadmill, walk outside or be wheeled around outside, then tested them all using a test for creative thinking and problem solving. Those that walked scored higher and those that walked outside had the biggest creative boost.
 
More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

Kathie's Tweets this Week
 
  • HS classrooms need differentiation more than Elementary because their students' brains are more differentiated. 
  • Creating a student-centered classroom doesn't happen overnight. Start by slowly adding pieces.
  • Boys in gangs achieve status thru violence, but girls' superior social skills often give them status & great respect.
  • Reminding students of the negative consequences of failing an exam leads to lower test scores (source)
 

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If you've told a child a thousand times and he still does not understand, then it is not the child who is the slow learner."
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Misc Chatter & Workshop News
You can tell we're coming into the home stretch of the school year, at least here in the US.  State tests, AP exams, Senior projects, End of Year test prep.....take precautions that the stress doesn't take its toll on you or your students.  May be a good day for some outside study work or some class relaxation exercises.    
 
I'm making my final end of the year preparations for workshops as well.  Looking forward to a couple of return trips to New York City to work with the high schools there.  I also have new workshops in the making for Ontario, Utah and Quebec.  If you are interested in bringing a Layered Curriculum workshop to your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings available for your school.    
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie
 
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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Monday, April 7, 2014
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

  • Teaching Tip: Mark the Correct Answers Rather than the Incorrect Answers
  • Hot Topic: Early Malnutrition Correlates With Cognitive Deficits Throughout Life
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  • Kathie's Email:  Using Layered Curriculum in Online Courses
  • Quote of the Week
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Teaching Tip:  Mark the Correct Answers Rather than the Incorrect Answers
When grading papers, I use a green pen and check the correct answers while not marking the incorrect answers.  This provides encouragement, as most teachers use red to mark the incorrect answers.  Timothy Bufford, Cross Creek High School, GA
 
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HOT TOPIC: Early Malnutrition Correlates With Cognitive Deficits Throughout Life
Children with moderate to severe protein deficiencies during the first year of life can catch up in growth, if their malnutrition is corrected during the first 12 years.  However, the early life malnutrition affects neurocognitive function throughout their life.  Even in adulthood, those who had early malnutrition score lower on measures of cognitive flexibility and concept formation, as well as initiation, verbal fluency, working memory, processing speed, and visuospatial integration.    Citation at the website.  
 
More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

Kathie's Email: Using Layered Curriculum in Online Courses
 
Hi Kathie, I continue to enjoy this newsletter very much. I have taken a new career path, for now. I'm teaching social studies online to assess for myself where online education fits into young people learning.  If you know of anyone that is using your methods as they teach online I would love to network with them.
Respectfully,  Dan Rideout
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Hi Dan, It's wonderful to hear from you again.  I've been working with several schools who are using Layered Curriculum in blended environments, but let me post and see who is using it in a strictly online course and see if we can get an exchange.  I'll be in touch.
Kathie 
 
If any of you are using Layered Curriculum in an online setting and are interested in networking with Dan, let me know and I'll put you in touch.
 

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"The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”  
                                                                         -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Greetings on this glorious spring day.  Our snow is just about gone here in New England and as I brush aside some leaf litter, I can see the tips of the daffodils making an entrance into the season.  I hope it's spring wherever you are and that you are enjoying it.  
 
Thanks to all of you who are working on Layered Curriculum units and sending them in.  A few more arrived this week and I'll work on getting them posted in the next day or two.  Keep them coming!  It's nice to see some specifically targeting the Common Core.  
 
I'm now scheduling "back to school" workshops for August as well as the rest of the fall term.  If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum workshop at your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings available for your school.    
 

 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie
 
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  • Teaching Tip: Another Stress-Reducing Idea for High Stakes Testing Days
  • HOT TOPIC: Late Bilinguals Enjoy Same Benefits as Early Bilinguals 
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  • Kathie's Email:  Integrating BYOD into our school
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Another Stress-Reducing Idea for High Stakes Testing Days

On the morning of a state standards of learning test, I take the entire grade level into the gym for a 30 minute Brain Gym break.  20 minutes of upbeat music and activities, followed by 10 minutes of calming music and  relaxing exercises.  What makes this a de-stressor, besides pumping all of those great brain chemicals to help the students think, is that I tell them the state test is more a check of how we teachers are doing in our teaching.  Test taking strategies are covered by the classroom teachers and as the Physical Educator, I integrate movement into the core curriculum.  I believe classroom teachers and Physical Educators (and administrators in the lead) have a golden opportunity to unite for the common gain.  As I like to say, the brains can absorb only as much as the hind parts can endure.  And we are all in the brain business. -Mark Pankau, M.S. Ed., CMT, Loudoun Co., VA

  

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HOT TOPIC: Late Bilinguals Enjoy Same Benefits as Early Bilinguals 

 

Are you a mono-lingual person envious of the brain benefits that persons who are bi-lingual enjoy? Well, apparently it's never too late to reap the benefits. New research shows that people who learn and master a second language later in life also can share the same cognitive effects as early bilinguals. That means improved executive function.  However there is a small price to pay - you still also get the lexical access deficits that come with bilingualism.  

Citation at the website.  

 

More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley

 


Kathie's Email: Implementing More Technology in a Mixed SES School

 

Kathie - We're trying to utilize more personal technology and blended learning in our school.  I know a lot of districts are moving to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) platform, but we have a very mixed socio-economic population.  We can't count on students even having the correct technology access in their homes, let alone enough to bring to school.  What ideas do you have for blending technology and direct instruction when students may not all have the same access outside the school?  - Ruthie, K.,  WV.

 

Ruthie,   We can all see the need to incorporate a more blended approach to our schools.  Students should be able to utilize the internet and other technologies for a good portion of their learning day.  Schools should be able to provide a variety of devices in the school for student use. However, as you noted, we can't count on students having equal access outside of school.  For that reason, I encourage you to look at keeping lessons filled with enough assignment options that students can work from both technology and non-technology platforms for their lessons.  If they truly are "blending" them, then they should be able to allocate the time they have during class to use the technology at the school and save their non-technology choices for home.  I write about this at the website in my article,

"If the Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead"  

Seems everywhere we look these days, the education media is talking about Flipped Classrooms. Flipped or inverted classrooms refers to the idea that teachers take the traditional classroom of the 1970's and 80's - where we lectured to students during class time and then homework was done. . well, at home of course - and flip the whole thing.

The idea behind it is that technology now allows, and perhaps even pressures teachers to make better use of the time spent in their school day. In a flipped classroom lectures are recorded and uploaded online. Students watch these as homework at home outside the school day. Then the actual class time is spent on interaction between students and teachers, doing question and answers and assignment drills.

While the flipped classroom is discussed in the media, online PD sessions and trade books, the reality is that out in the trenches, we don't see it happening too much. Most of us appreciate the vision and understand the possibility, but the reality is that the thought of flipping our classroom is quite overwhelming. (READ Entire Article)

 

 


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Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.   

                                                                         -Robert Louis Stevenson

 


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 Greetings to you all on this lovely March day.  I know I keep asking about spring...and last weekend, we thought we saw some signs that it may show up soon.....but alas, today we have snow again with much more on its way!  

Which makes me all that more excited for my trip to Greensboro next week!  Just the name makes me feel warmer.  I'll be spending the afternoon with the teachers at Smith High School as we work on Differentiating the High School Classroom with Layered Curriculum.  

 

I was excited to hear this week from Kristina Wylie, Vice Principal at the Facing History School in New York City.   The staff there has been working for a year on implementing Layered Curriculum in their school.  Their school evaluator came through last week and was most impressed with what's going on there!  And now it looks like Parks Slope Collegiate in Brooklyn will be picking up Layered Curriculum as well.  Exciting to see so much going on in the NYC area! 

 

If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum workshop at your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings.    

 


 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

 

Dr Kathie F NunleyLayered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)

 


 

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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Tuesday, February 25, 2014
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

  • Teaching Tip: Don't Tell Them It's a Test
  • HOT TOPIC: "Teach Babies to Read" Programs are Ineffective
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Teaching Tip: Don't Tell Them It's a Test
When it was time for my class unit test I was feeling a bit uneasy about the preparation.  Thinking we should probably spend a bit more time I the topic, I told them that the test wouldn't count as a test, but was really just to give me some feedback on what they know and what we need to cover in more detail.  Wow - the scores were the highest ever!  Who knew that simply removing the stress associated with "TEST" would make my students smarter?  I'm going to re-think how I present the idea of tests now going forward.  - Conference participant, Toronto    
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org 
 

HOT TOPIC: Packaged "Teach Babies to Read" Programs are Ineffective 
 
Most of you are aware of the cautions given parents about TV, video and other "screen time" for young children. Need more research to show how baby media products don't work, let alone do damage? A new study out this month shows a trial using over 100 infants, from 9 months to 18 months and media purporting to teach babies to read. Half were sent through the DVD, flashcard program and half were in the control group who had no formal attempt to teach reading. After 7 months, the children were measured for precursor skills such as letter naming and print awareness and vocabulary and comprehension along with eye-tracking tasks. Results? No difference between the two groups.  Babies do not learn to read using baby media, despite the claims made by the program manufacturers.    Citation at the website.  
 
More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 
 

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Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.  
                                                                         -Nelson Mandela
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Is it spring yet?  I wake up every day and peer out my window at the slowly dwindling 6-foot snow banks, hoping for some sign of spring.  This morning I think I heard my first spring bird call....perhaps just wishful thinking.  If you can see signs of spring out your window, feel free to snap a picture and send it my way to brighten my day.
In sunnier news, I had a wonderful time last week in Toronto at the annual "Reading for the Love of It Conference" - always a great turn out.  We had two good sessions for "A Student's Brain" and "Making the Most of Memory Systems".  Thanks to all who attended and stopped to say hello.
I'm now looking forward to my trip to Greensboro next month for an afternoon of "Differentiating the High School Classroom" at Smith High School.
 
If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum workshop at your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings.   Due to a cancellation, I have an opening for this April, if that works for anyone - send me an email. 
 

 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie
 
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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Thursday, January 16, 2014
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  • HOT TOPIC: Children Who Are More Physically Fit Perform Better on Cognitive Tasks
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Teaching Tip: Math Homework Needs Answer Key
When assigning math problems for homework, always send an answer key too (or have one available online). Tell students to self-check their work after every two or three problems. Doing 20 - 30 problems incorrectly and not knowing until the next day, does more harm than good.    
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org 
 

HOT TOPIC: Children Who Are More Physically Fit Perform Better on Cognitive Tasks
 
Many have long suspected that there is a relationship between physical fitness and cognitive function.  We now are seeing the research to support this.  Researchers have used neuroelectric and behavioral measures to examine various brain region’s efficiency in a variety of preadolescent children.  What they found is that higher fit children have greater task performance on cognitive tests and better attention.  So there does appear to be a relationship between aerobic fitness and cognitive function in children.  More support for PE, recess, and extracurricular sports.    Citation at the website.  
 
More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 
 

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Kathie's Email:   Project Based Layered Curriculum 
Kathie,  I see a lot of references to "Project-Based Layered Curriculum" units, but I'm not clear on what that means.  I like to use projects in my classroom, so I am wondering how to set that up.  - Darryl K., WV.
 
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Darryl, 
Project-Based Layered Curriculum units are a lot of fun.  Basically you start with your project - be it a science lab, a history fair display, a video, etc.  The actual project presentation becomes your B layer.  The C layer then is a list of activity choices for students to get the knowledge or skills needed to put in the project.  So for example, if students were making large murals about the Industrial Revolution, the completed mural will be your B layer.  The C layer will involve the research and information gathering needed to make the mural.  Your A layer will involve some type of critical analysis or evaluation of the project after the murals are completed.  Or you could use an essential question based on the project and have them debate that as your A layer.  I hope that helps,  Kathie
 
 

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You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
                                          -Oscar Wilde 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Wow - what a winter thus far, huh?  I know many of us are slowly thawing out from some serious subzero temperatures earlier this month.  Here in New England we started the new year with a serious bout of winter cold and snow.  Luckily this week we're moving into more seasonable temperatures.  In fact, I heard this week that a few maple sugar shacks are already collecting sap!  I hope wherever you are, you are finding ways to enjoy the new year. 
 
I'm looking forward to new work, new research and lots of follow-up Layered Curriculum workshops!  Especially now with more and more high schools moving towards blending online and face-to-face learning, Layered Curriculum is an easy way to manage the change.  I've got conferences, workshops and follow-up work on my calendar for 2014.  If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum workshop at your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings.  
 

 
As always, my best to you and yours and HAPPY NEW YEAR,
Kathie
 
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Teaching Tip: New Unit - New Classroom

Anytime you are starting a new unit of study, rearrange your classroom.  Redo the chairs, desks, seating style, bulletin boards, placement of the teacher's desk, even the location of the wastebasket.  Students are now tuned in and interested as soon as they enter the room.  Helps get everyone excited about starting something new.                                   

Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org 

 


HOT TOPIC: Children Who are Spanked Have Lower Academic Achievement and Higher Risk for Criminal Behavior

 

Spanking children slows down their mental development and lowers the probability of a child doing well in school. So says a compilation of research done on spanking over the past 4 decades. Children who are spanked, have slower cognitive development and are at an increased risk for antisocial and criminal behavior. An new book by Murray Straus, leading researcher from the University of New Hampshire, titled The Primordial Violence: Spanking Children, Psychological Development, Violence, and Crime, summarizes the research in the field and promotes the United Nations recommendation to ban spanking across the globe.
(Straus is also the author of Beating the Devil Out of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Families and Its Effects on Children) 

 

More Hot Topics & Tips at the Brains.org Website and via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley

 

 


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Kathie's Email - New LC Units 

I want to say a big Thank You shout out to the students in Dr Sorrell's  EDSE 3348 Class at Texas A & M -San Antonio for all the Layered Curriculum Units they've been sending this term.  John Sudolcan, Nancy Ledesma, John Sanchez, Sunny Lane, Mary Loredo, Lauren Pollard, Danielle Arzola, Vonna Jo Smith, Lisa Winslow, Julian Flores, Samantha Gomez, Misty Hammonds, Cricelia Ruiz, Bertha Mederos, and Charlene Waller have all sent Layered Curriculum units in a variety of subjects.  Most are now posted on the samples page.  The remainder will be posted before the year is up.  Thanks again!  

 

 


Quote of the Week

We learn from failure, not from success.

-Bram Stoker, Dracula
 

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

I hope I'm catching most of you before you leave out on winter break so that I can wish you a Happy Holiday!  Wherever you are and whatever you are celebrating, I hope it's with friends and family and people you hold dear.  I'm spending Christmas at home in New England with my family.  All my children have ventured back, over the river and through the woods.  Mother nature has provided us with lots of snow and a promise of a white Christmas. 

 

I look forward to the new year and working again with so many of you using Layered Curriculum to facilitate student centered environments and more blended-learning schools and classrooms.  I've got conferences, workshops and follow-up work on my calendar for 2014.  I'm always excited to come see what people are doing in their Layered Curriculum schools.  If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum workshop at your school during the upcoming year or need follow-up work, just email me for a brochure of 2014 Workshop Offerings.  

 


 

As always, my best to you and yours

and HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR,

Kathie

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News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip: Determining Dominant Eye and Ear may Help Classroom Seating 
HOT TOPIC: ADHD Problems with Time Estimation Improves with Medication
Kathie's Email 
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: Classroom Seating Based On Dominant Eye and Ear
 
 Mark Pankau at Guilford Elementary School in Virginia sent us this tip:
As the Physical Educator at my school, I assess all students on their dominant eye and ear, and then give to the classroom teacher for preferred seating.  A right eye/ear dominant should sit on the left side of the class if the teacher teaches from the front of the classroom.  Opposite for the left eye dominant.  Some will be a combination - sitting in the middle.  For eye dominance, student makes a window shape with their two hands, extends arms straight and looks at the teacher.  Only the dominant eye will show up in the window. For ears,tap lightly on a book or clipboard and ask the student to listen to the tapping.  They should put one ear toward the sound. 
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: ADHD Problems with Time Estimation Improves with Medication
Persons with ADHD often have difficulty estimating elapsed time, which can lead to problems in day-to-day functioning. The brain area thought to be responsible for accurate time perception is the anterior cingulated and prefrontal cortex. Researchers used MEG scans to compare the gamma activity in these regions of persons with ADHD, both medicated and unmedicated. The unmedicated persons were much less accurate with time estimation and had weaker gamma activity in both the interior cingulated and left prefrontal cortex. After medication the participants had a significant increase in gamma and improved time estimation accuracy.
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 
 

 
Kathie's Email
Dear Dr. Nunley,
As a teacher of developmental students, I read your article Stress - a Land Mine for the Brain.  Can you tell me more about this chemical TMT? This is new information to me.  Thank you,
Mark Lewis
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Hi Mark,
Thanks for the note.  I wrote that article quite a few years ago - hadn't looked at it in awhile.  In fact, it's been through a couple of website remodels and somehow lost all it's references.  So, I had to go hunt those up to try to figure out the confusion (yours and mine!).  I did find them however, and can tell you that I have no idea how that term TMT (which is an odor produced by a fox I believe and used as a predator cue in rat research) got into the text as a human brain response to stress.  The article should have referred to Domamine Activity (DA), which is of course, the human brain response to stress in the prefrontal cortex that causes the shut down in creativity and learning. 
Thanks to your note I've corrected the article, replaced the lost references and even added a new one from the researchers current work.

Best of luck in your work.
Kathie
 
 

Quote of the Week
In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer
 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Happy Autumn!  I know technically that's not for another week, but when I woke to 37 degrees this morning - it's Autumn in my world!  Hope you are enjoying the seasons change, where ever you are. I do enjoy hearing from so many of you via Facebook.  And via my Twitter Account,  I try to keep you posted as much as I can on the research - which seems to be heavy this time of year.  
 
In workshop news, I've got a Layered Curriculum / Blended Learning Workshop coming up in a couple of weeks in Brighton, Michigan. Then in mid-October I'll be back at the Facing History High School in New York City to do some follow-up work and visit their Layered Curriculum classrooms - should be a fun 2 days!  
 
If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum or Student's Brain workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip: Classroom Seating Based On A Graph
HOT TOPIC: Age-Related Memory Loss vs Alzheimers
New Article:  Genius, Creativity and Intelligence - where are they located?  
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Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: Classroom Seating Based On A Graph
Since I teach Math, I have set up some class days in rows and columns, marking the floor with painter masking tape as a coordinate graph. As students enter the room they take a card with an ordered pair which is their seat for the class. (0,0) would be the last seat in the back row and the farthest to the left side of class if facing the front of class.(5,5) would be in the first row all the way to the right.  -Shirley Hartwig, Challenger Learning Center, FL


 
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Age-Related Memory Loss vs Alzheimers
Scientists can now definitively say that age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's disease are two separate events. They have pinpointed the exact cause and region for each. Age-related memory loss is due to a functional change in the neurons found in the dentate gyrus, a subregion of the hippocampus. Alzheimer's disease is the actual loss of neurons in the entorhinal cortex, which sends information directly to the hippocampus. In promising news, scientists have found that some age-related memory loss can be repaired - at least in mice.
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 
 

New Article: Genius, Creativity and Intelligence- where are they located? 
 
Genius, as defined by Rex Jung is the interface between Intelligence and Creativity. Intelligence&l t;/strong> is the ability to use deductive reasoning to solve adaptive problems in our environment - in a fast, but accurate way.....read the entire article. 
    
 

Kathie's Email
Hi Kathie! I hope your traveling is going well. Thank you so much for all the work you have done over the course of your career. I believe that this work is changing the fabric of education. I am so pleased to be any small part of this change.  Best wishes to you -Moira Peckskamp, Director: Curriculum / Instruction / Assessment, Red Cloud Indian Schools, SD.  
 
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Moira, Thanks so much for the note and THANK you and your staff for a most exciting day.  I've got a little video highlighting our day which I'm posting at the website this week.  I'll make sure to send you a link.  Stay in touch, Kathie
 
 

Quote of the Week
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
- E.M. Forster
 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Now that Labor Day is over, the school year begins in earnest.  It helps that the weather also starts to change about now - always seems hard to get that "back to school spirit" in a roasting classroom! Here in New England, we all anxiously await the first signs of fall colors in the trees.  No color yet, but any day now something will start to go.
 
I'll be here for most of the month of September before heading back out on the road for fall Layered Curriculum workshops.  I still have room for one more in November and the first week of December.  Also my spring 2014 calendar is now open.   If you are looking to host a Layered Curriculum or Student's Brain workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Teaching Tip: Offer Healthy Snacks in Every Classroom
HOT TOPIC: Genius, Intelligence & Creativity
New Article:  Asperger's and PDD-NOS Gone!  Now What:  The new Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Kathie's Email and New Layered Curriculum Units Posted
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Teaching Tip: Offer Healthy Snacks in Every Classroom
Help fight childhood obesity:  Provide (free) healthy snacks in every classroom in the school.  Apples, bananas, oranges, cucumber, baby carrots, snap peas, celery, etc. Solicit donations from local grocers, parents, citizens.  Imagine the changes that can happen if kids ate 4 - 6 healthy fruit/veggie snacks every day throughout the day.  
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Genius, Intelligence & Creativity
Dr Rex Jung, from the University of New Mexico Health Science Center presented a talk a few weeks ago on the Brain Networks Involved in Genius.  Genius, as defined by Jung, is the interface between Intelligence and Creativity.  
 
Intelligence is the ability to use deductive reasoning to solve adaptive problems in our environment in a rapid but accurate way.  We measure intelligence, or IQ, as a rule-based "if / then" behavior ("If this happens, then this...").  It requires a balance of speed and accuracy and that balance and trade off is the job of the brain. But while we have often looked to the frontal lobes as the dictator of intelligence, brain scans now show that the parietal lobes are very important in this process. The more white matter a person has in their parietal lobes, the faster their brain functions and better their intelligence.  
 
Creativity, on the other hand, is the ability to use abductive reasoning to solve adaptive problems in novel and useful ways.   We use our creative brain to solve problems when data is missing; when you just don't know.  
 
So Genius is the interface of Intelligence and Creativity.  Creativity involves more of the parietal lobes while intelligence makes use of the prefrontal cortex.  But we ultimately depend on the frontal lobes to pull the divergent ideas back for refinement.  
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 
 
If you are interested in reading the full report from this research team, you can find it here: Brain imaging studies of intelligence and creativity: what is the picture for education?

Apologies that the link in the last newsletter led to another article.  Here it is again, with the correct link.........
 
Article: Asperger's and PDD-NOS Gone! Now What? The new Autism Spectrum Disorder
 
As many of you know, May 2013 brought in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version 5 (DSM-5). This is the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association and used by clinicians and practitioners as the basis for diagnoses of all mental disorders.
 
One of the hottest or most discussed changes is the new criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Let me give you the main bullet points, then I'll elaborate.
 
In a nutshell:  No longer will we use the terms Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Disintegrative Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  There is now only one diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which is defined as having impairments in two domains: Social / communication / interaction and Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors.   ...... (read entire article) 
    
 

Kathie's Email and New Layered Curriculum Units
Kathie,
Here is an Economics Unit I created for my Civics teachers as an example relating Layered Curriculum to RBT and Multiple Intelligences.  Feel free to post … thanks!
Brian Hamilton,  Assistant Principal of Instruction
The Opportunity School, North Carolina
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Thanks Brian!  Your unit is now posted at the website here, along with several other new units I received last week: 
Igneous Rocks for 9th grade, sent in by Zazil Boyle
Tectonic Plates for 5th grade sent in by Erica Reyna
Math Unit on Congruence and Parallel lines sent in by Maggie Allen
 
 
 

Quote of the Week
I  am not a teacher, but an awakener. - Robert Frost
 

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Here's wishing you a very successful new school year.  I've had a fabulous month visiting schools around North America and in particular, want to thank the teachers at the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota for a fabulous day last week.  This K-12 school has a staff of about 70 teachers, nearly all of them volunteers!  Fantastic.  Thanks for the day.  
 
I have more workshops on the calendar for fall.  Please note that the Greensboro, South Carolina workshop originally scheduled for September 18th is going to be postponed  until later in the school year.  
 
If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip: Hold Open House BEFORE Classes Begin
HOT TOPIC: Messy Vs Neat Classrooms
New Article:  Asperger's and PDD-NOS Gone!  Now What:  The new Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Kathie's Tweets from APA Convention
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: Hold School Open House BEFORE Classes Begin
Here's a tip Dr Kathy Grover with the Clever School District in Missouri:  They hold their "open house" or "back to school night" before the school year begins (the Friday before classes start).  This helps keep the focus on teacher expectations and classroom procedures for the year.  As many of us know, traditionally at open house, parents like to ask questions specific to how their child is performing in class - even though school has only been in session a week or two.     
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Messy Vs Neat Classrooms
A clean, organized classroom makes more obedient students who tend to do what is expected of them and follow rules.  But, messy classrooms make more creative students. 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

Article: Asperger's and PDD-NOS Gone! Now What? The new Autism Spectrum Disorder
 
As many of you know, May 2013 brought in the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, version 5 (DSM-5). This is the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association and used by clinicians and practitioners as the basis for diagnoses of all mental disorders.
 
One of the hottest or most discussed changes is the new criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Let me give you the main bullet points, then I'll elaborate.
 
In a nutshell:  No longer will we use the terms Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Disintegrative Disorder, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  There is now only one diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which is defined as having impairments in two domains: Social / communication / interaction and Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors.   ...... (read entire article) 
    
 

Kathie's Tweets from APA Convention
 
It was an excellent annual meeting of the American Psychological Association last week in Honolulu.  In the coming months, I'll be posting articles on the latest research presented over the 4 days of symposiums, discussions and papers.  If you missed my Twitter Feed, here is a quick summary so you know what details are coming soon! 
  • Great /dynamic session on Oxytocin w/ Dr Paul Zac. Will be reviewing his work in next newsletter.
  • In 1980, avg person consumed 2lbs of High Fructose Corn Syrup per year. By 1998, avg consumption 800+lbs of HFCS/ year!
  • US leads the world in obesity - both child and adult. 30% of US children eat fast food EVERY day!
  • Professional gaming requires us to rethink negative stereotypes of gamers. 8.2million viewed League of Legend world championship.
  • 4 million sports concussions/yr in US. 95% have "normal" CT/MRI, yet functional impairments can linger
  • Genius is the interface between intelligence and creativity. - Rex Jung.
 
OK, I admit, I did sneak down to the water one day between sessions! 
 

Quote of the Week
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning  - Plato
 

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Happy August, Happy New Year!!  I know many of you are heading back to school either this week or very shortly.  Time to trade the flip flops for sensible shoes and get back to work.  It's an exciting time though, isn't it.  One of the best parts of the profession is the sense of renewal we feel when we start a new school year.  
 
I want to thank the teachers in Clever, Missouri for the great day yesterday for our workshop on The How and Why of Differentiating with Layered Curriculum.  I had a bit of a drive through Missouri and it is certainly beautiful this time of year.  And I love all the unusual town names.  If you think "Clever" is unusual, I also drove past the towns of Peculiar, Humansville, Diamond and Fidelity, Missouri.  
 
Now I'm heading to South Dakota to the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge for another day on Layered Curriculum.  New workshops are in the making for the fall and you can get all the details as they are confirmed on my calendar page.   If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
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Teaching Tip: A Hanging "Borrow Bag" for the Classroom
HOT TOPIC: New Research on the Malleability of Executive Function
New Article:  If The Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead.  
Kathie"s Email:  Using Layered curriculum in Blended Learning Environments
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: A Hanging "Borrow Bag" for the Classroom
I have a "Borrow Bag" in my classroom.  It's a transparent plastic hanging shoebag with 24 compartments.  Each pouch contains some classroom supply such as pencils, pens, scissors, glue sticks, colored pencils, a hole punch, stapler, etc.  When a student needs something, they can borrow from the bag by leaving a shoe as collateral. When they return the borrowed item, the shoe is retrieved.  Keeps me from losing many classroom items.  Terry Moore, Indiana.   
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: New Research on the Malleability of Executive Function
A person's executive function is actually quite malleable - especially between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age. Parenting quality is a big factor. Children who have higher quality parenting during this time period tend to have stronger Executive Function skills later in life. 
Also, by the same researcher, you'll find a summary on how chronic exposure to poverty during a child's early years also effects a person's executive function.  
Researcher, Dr Clancy Blair's research is used quite extensively in the bookHow Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

Article: If the Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead
 
     While the flipped classroom is discussed in the media, online PD sessions and trade books, the reality is that out in the trenches, we don't see it happening too much. Most of us appreciate the vision and understand the possibility, but the reality is that the thought of flipping our classroom is quite overwhelming.
      One big objection to the flipped classroom is that having every student watch a taped lecture at night for class discussion the next day is one giant step backwards in differentiating for the needs of our diverse learners.
    Another reality -- Sure, the latest whizmo gadget and fantastic technological device may excite and tempt us with their novelty and WOW-factor, but when push comes to shove and work needs to be done, often times we find that we are more effective and efficient with some of our tried-and true-standards.  
     So What's A Teacher to Do?...... (read entire article) 
    
 

Kathie's Email:  A Question Regarding How to Use Layered Curriculum in Blended Learning Environments
 
Dear Kathie,  Our school is shifting to a blended learning platform.  I'm thinking that Layered Curriculum would work well here.  What are your thoughts? 
T. Bitner, TX 
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Mr Bitner, Thanks for your question.  You are correct in that Layered Curriculum is an excellent model for a blended learning school.  There are lots of ways to structure it, but ideally, leave most of your C layer material for students to go through on their own.  Since the C layer tends to be "the basics" of a learning topic, it lends itself to independent work.  In the 20th century classroom, anything that students do by sitting and reading or independent study is not something that requires a teacher-centered time frame.  So let students work through that material either online outside of class, or during the school day in learning centers.  Save your structured classtime for the more interactive activities found in the B and A layer.  
So, picture having students using independent electronic delivery for the basics of C layer, then interacting with other students and materials and a teacher for application, lab, exploration, debates, etc. - the B and A layer activities.  This is a much better time allocation of a school's 2 most valuable resources - the teacher and mediated information.   - Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.  - Marcus Tullius Cicero
 

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
As you read this, I'm on my way to the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Honolulu.  The four day conference begins today and runs through the weekend.  I'm looking forward to listening to a symposium on Media Literacy, also new research on Understanding and Preventing Violence, a symposium on the Neuroscience of Creativity and Intelligence, and a symposium on Improving Social Communication in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.... and that's just Day One!!  I'll keep up posted on what's hot and what's coming up in the next year in educational and neuro psychology, via my Twitter feed and Facebook.  
 
From there, I'll head to Clever, Missouri for a full day Layered Curriculum workshop with the K-12 teachers in the Clever school district and then head up to South Dakota.  It will be a full month and an exciting fall.    
 
New workshops are in the making for the fall and you can get all the details as they are confirmed on my calendar page.   If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Thursday,July 18, 2013
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip: Time to Think About the Start of Next Year
HOT TOPIC: Remember Professor Harold Hill's "Think Method"?....maybe not so crazy
New Article:  If The Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead.  
Kathie"s Email
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: Time to Think About the Start of Next Year
A Tip From a Workshop Participant:  The first step to developing a positive, working relationship with someone is learning and remembering the person's name.  Make it a start-of-the-year priority.  
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Remember Professor Harold Hill's "Think Method"?....maybe not so crazy
 
I couldn't help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies "The Music Man" while reading a piece of research this week.  Apparently just simply "thinking" about an answer seems to improve later retrieval of the information as much as actually writing or speaking the answer. So says new research that had students learn and study for tests by either covertly or overtly retrieving the information versus just rereading it. Those students who just reread the information scored lowest on the test. But the 2 groups that studied by retrieving the information, either covertly or overtly scored similar. So students can improve information retrieval (testing) just as much from covert practice as overt.
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

New Article: If the Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead
 
     While the flipped classroom is discussed in the media, online PD sessions and trade books, the reality is that out in the trenches, we don't see it happening too much. Most of us appreciate the vision and understand the possibility, but the reality is that the thought of flipping our classroom is quite overwhelming.
      One big objection to the flipped classroom is that having every student watch a taped lecture at night for class discussion the next day is one giant step backwards in differentiating for the needs of our diverse learners.
    Another reality -- Sure, the latest whizmo gadget and fantastic technological device may excite and tempt us with their novelty and WOW-factor, but when push comes to shove and work needs to be done, often times we find that we are more effective and efficient with some of our tried-and true-standards.  
     So What's A Teacher to Do?...... (read entire article) 
    
 

Kathie's Email
 
[Regarding the Teaching Tip in last issue}
Dear Kathie,  Is "getting suited up" part of Phys Ed standards anywhere? If it is not there should never be points for getting suited up. Phys Ed standards are about knowledge and skills, not whether your shorts or clean and your socks match!!!!!!!!!!
 - Ken O.   
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Ken:  Thanks for the note.  Yes, I think there are many places where students are still expected to "suit up" or come with gym attire.  I doubt they grade though on cleanliness of the shorts or matching socks.  But, the point of the tip was to remind us to look for ways to acknowledge and reinforce good behavior as opposed to setting up class policies to punish bad behavior.   - Kathie
 

 
Hi Kathie,  I am a teacher new to differentiation.  I was hoping you could give me a few ideas/pointers.
How do you get those top students to do more difficult assignments?  I have quite a few high ability students that are lazy and if you don't make it mandatory they wont do more difficult work.  How can you make it sound like a reward?
 - S. Hatfield
 
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Dear S:  I don't think your high ability students are lazy, but perhaps bored easily or too used to operating in a teacher-centered classroom.  So, this is where a Layered Curriculum classroom can really shine.  If you have several high potential students, make sure to offer truly challenging assignments - make sure they too have choices, and value those assignments with higher "points".  In other words, when faced with doing multiple "easy" work versus one or two "more difficult tasks", they will go for the higher value as that appears a quicker path to the finish line.  Best of luck!  - Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
“The best way to learn is to do; the worst way to teach is to talk.”  - Paul Halmos

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Hopefully you are enjoying your summer (at least here in the northern Hemisphere).  We're having a heat wave here in New England and since most of us do not have air-conditioning in our homes, we may be longing for fall to come sooner rather than later.   
 
My summer has been productive thus far - several new writings.  I've got one last week of vacation left then I'll be back to work.  As always, I'll start my August off with the annual APA convention.  Here's where I get the inside scoop on the hottest research and research institutes.  The nation's psychologists, from all disciplines, come to share their current work.  There are always good updates from the neuro-psych field and educational psychology.  I will keep you posted from the convention via Twitter and Facebook.  And I'll share the latest research with you starting in the August newsletters.  
 
Later in August I'll be at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the Clever School District in Missouri.  New workshops are in the making for the fall and you can get all the details as they are confirmed on my calendar page.   If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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16 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Tuesday,July 2, 2013
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip: Rethink Wording on Classroom Rules
HOT TOPIC: Both Emotion and Color Play an important Role in Learning and Memory
New Article:  If The Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead.  
Email: Getting Ready for Layered Curriculum Next Year
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip: Rethink Wording on Classroom Rules
 
When thinking about the upcoming school year, rethink how you post classroom rules, school policies and other disclosure items for students and parents.  As much as possible, turn the words so that they express a positive and welcoming climate.  Statements such as "students not suited up for PE will be docked 5 points" can easily be rephrased as "students earn 5 points for suiting up in proper PE clothing."  If you must list "consequences for not following school rules" they should always be listed AFTER your list of "consequences for FOLLOWING school rules
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Both Emotion and Color Play an important Role in Learning and Memory
 
Information that is emotionally negative or positive tends to be stored in our memory easier than emotionally neutral information.  Researchers took this a step further now and have coupled that notion with the emotional effects elicited by various colors.  They changed text colors of emotionally negative words and positive words in learning passages.  As they hypothesized, red text (most people associate with warning) strongly increased memory for negative words and green text (associated with security) strongly increased memory for emotionally positive words.  So both emotion and color can play a significant role in learning and memory.
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

New Article: If the Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy, Tip It Sideways Instead
 
     While the flipped classroom is discussed in the media, online PD sessions and trade books, the reality is that out in the trenches, we don't see it happening too much. Most of us appreciate the vision and understand the possibility, but the reality is that the thought of flipping our classroom is quite overwhelming.
      One big objection to the flipped classroom is that having every student watch a taped lecture at night for class discussion the next day is one giant step backwards in differentiating for the needs of our diverse learners.
    Another reality -- Sure, the latest whizmo gadget and fantastic technological device may excite and tempt us with their novelty and WOW-factor, but when push comes to shove and work needs to be done, often times we find that we are more effective and efficient with some of our tried-and true-standards.  
     So What's A Teacher to Do?...... (read entire article) 
    
 

Email:  Getting Ready for Layered Curriculum Next Year
 
Dear Kathie,  
I was just reading your article at this website. http://help4teachers.com/how.htm  I am so excited to try some of your methods at least on a small scale for the rest of this year and then full force next school year. I just bought two of your books.  I also found your links on the website with other resources and articles. Thank you for your free resources as well as the books!
Sincerely,
Cynthia DeMone, Science Teacher, Co-WASC Coordinator, =
Sherman Indian High School, Riverside, CA 92503
 
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Cynthia,
Thanks for the very nice note.  You are smart to start small - adding a few pieces and units at first.  There is a learning curve for both students and teacher with Layered Curriculum.  But once you get a system that is working for everyone - it's a snap!  Good luck and keep us posted.    - Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next. - Abraham Lincoln. 
 
 

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
I want to wish my fellow Americans a Happy 4th of July.  I know most of us are sweltering under extreme heat and humidity, but I hope you get the chance to enjoy a little bit of the outdoors this weekend and take in a celebratory fireworks display.  I'm looking forward to spending the 4th on the ocean shore in Rhode Island with friends - sounds much cooler than what we've been experiencing this week in most of New England.  
 
In two weeks, I'll be heading to the annual APA convention in Honolulu. In particular, I'm looking forward to listening to a couple of invited addresses - one by Dr Rhonda McEwen on Mobile Apps for Children with Autism and Dr Ben Foss speaking on then Intel Reader which takes photos of text and immediately reads it aloud to people with dyslexia and other reading impairments.  Three - packed days of research - can't wait!  Watch for my Twitter and Facebook updates live from the sessions.  Then later in the summer, I've got workshops planned for Missouri, South Dakota and Ontario.  New Layered Curriculum workshops are in the making this fall in NYC and South Carolina.   Details are posted on my calendar page as things are finalized.  
If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
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15 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Friday,June 14, 2013
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip via Twitter Follower
HOT TOPIC: Don't Assume All Students Can Figure Out What's Most Important To Study
Email:  Question on Note Taking
Quote of the Week
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip via a Twitter Follower
 
Bonnie Jeansonne (@_Ms_J) shared this idea via our Twitter Account:  "I have success w/ 5 X 5 X 5:  5 minutes to transcribe lecture, 5 minutes to share with a partner and to fill in gaps and 5 minutes to summarize (with doodles)."  
                                  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org or Share it via my Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/kathienunley
 

HOT TOPIC: Don't Assume All Students Can Figure Out What's Most Important To Study
 
Most students wisely spend a greater amount of study time on subject matter that they deem as having "higher point" value. (more test points). Students tend to make these decisions through testing experience. In other words, they learn from test-taking which types of items the instructor tends to include or emphasize. However, research shows that students with low working memory spans are unable to make this type of association, and thus, do not always regulate study time accordingly. So teachers can help all students, particularly those with poor working memory by giving cues or instruction as how best to allocate study time to prepare for exams.
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

Email:  Question on Note Taking
Dr. Nunley,
I have a question regarding how the brain juggles the act of listening and taking notes on a device like the iPad.  I remember you saying that even the pixels from a power point presentation affect how our brains process the material.   How efficiently can the brain multitask between taking notes on an interactive device such as an iPad and listening to content that is being discussed – in general, is this any different than taking notes with paper and pencil?
 
As a teacher, I want to best advise my students on how to be efficient learners as well as structure my class such that the most genuine learning can take place.  I read one of your articles involving novelty and how quickly teenagers will find novel experiences and have difficulty choosing self made decisions over novelty.  To me, this article spoke to the use of an iPad in the classroom and having a novel device that can distract from the learning - am I off base here?
Thank you so much for your time!
 
Sincerely,
Erica
 
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Hi Erica,
Thanks for the note.  I covered some research on this a couple of weeks ago. There is a new study comparing note taking via computer versus handwritten and summary versus simple transcription.  The best route for students depends on the strength of their working memory.  Students with poor working memory did better when using computerized note taking and simply attempting to transcribe the lecture rather than summarizing or organizing the notes as they go. Take a look at that original research and that should help.  (the citation is at the site)
- Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”   - Socrates
 

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Greeting on this mid-June day.  It's been a wet and chilly month so far here in the Northeast, but I have no doubt that summer weather will soon be upon us!  I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. It's always a great time to rest, recharge, and get re-energized with new ideas for the upcoming year.  
 
I'll be getting re-energized with all of the year's freshest research in psychology at the annual APA convention this summer in Honolulu.  Watch for Twitter and Facebook updates live from the sessions.  Then later in the summer, I've got workshops planned for Missouri, South Dakota and Ontario.  New Layered Curriculum workshops are in the making this fall in NYC, Minnesota and South Carolina.   Details are posted on my calendar page as things are finalized.  
If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
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15 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Tuesday, May 28, 2013
News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

Teaching Tip from Osceola, Florida
HOT TOPIC: Middle School Depression Correlates with HS Drop Out
Email:  Question on Ordering through the Bookshop
Quote of the Week, Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip from Osceola, Florida
 
Shirley Hartwig, math teacher at the Adult Learning Center in Osceola, sent us this Teaching Tip:
 
Gallon size zip lock bags make good storage bags to hold foldables, or in my case, polygon shapes, etc.  Student activities or completed assignments can be stored in them.  Since they are see through, names can be easily spotted if the papers are faced out.  
 
                                     
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Middle School Depression Correlates with HS Drop Out
 
Children who show signs of depression in early adolescence (middle school) are at a much higher risk of later dropping out of high school. Researchers have found that depression leads to a decrease in self-perception of competence, which leads to low academic performance, which then leads to early school leaving.  
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

Email:  Question on Ordering through the Bookshop
Hi Kathie,
I would like to order a copy of the book “A Student’s Brain” – I went to do this on-line but needed to sign up for a paypal account, which I don’t want to do.
Can you pls let me know how to place this order?  Thanks so much,  Jill 
 
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Hi Jill
You don't need a paypal account to order online.  Our bookshop's shopping cart is just operated by paypal, but they take all major credit cards.   Just click through where it reads " Don’t have a PayPal account? Pay as a guest now, sign up for PayPal later."
I know it's a bit misleading - just their way of suggesting you might want to get one later. :)  It will then take you to a screen for your credit card info.
Sorry for the confusion. Unfortunately I have no way to change the way that's all phrased - but I promise you do not need to have or get a PayPal account to order - you can use any major credit card.  - Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”  - Albert Einstein.  
 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Happy Summer everyone!!  I know a good portion of readers are now "out for the summer" and a fair sized group are certainly at least seeing the end of the year approaching - so let me wish you a happy summer vacation.  (at least those of you in the northern hemisphere!)  
 
May was a busy but happy and beautiful month for me.  At the risk of showing my "proud Mom" side here, I must share at least one family photo today.  Our daughter Kahlia married a wonderful man last weekend in Ohio and I'm thrilled to have a new son-in-law to add to our family.  
Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will understand how much I'm now enjoying a couple weeks of "down time".  I will be back out on the road though 
later this summer.  I'll be in Honolulu in early August for the annual APA convention (FYI:  Any Hawaiian schools looking for a Layered Curriculum workshop - this would be a good time to book as there will be no "add-on" fee since I'll be in HI).  
 
I have new workshops in the making for Minnesota, South Dakota, Missouri and Ontario.  Details are posted on my calendar page as things are finalized.  
If you are looking to host a workshop at your school during the upcoming year, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
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15 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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Classroom Tip:  Photo Tips from NC
HOT TOPIC: Note-Taking Strategy for Poor Working Memory
Email:  Layered Curriculum - YES!
Quote of the Week, Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

School / Teacher Ideas: Two Photo Tips from Chapel Hill
 
I snapped pics of a couple of good ideas while in Chapel Hill, North Carolina last week.  My first one is from the parking lot as I arrived that morning at McDougle Elementary.  Near the main front door were the common "reserved parking" spots for the principal and vice principal - but the even better spot was reserved for the school's "Teacher of the Year".  Great idea!!  
 
The second photo tip  is a sign I read outside Ms Freeman's classroom at the Middle School.  It reads "REMEMBER This is a learning environment.  You wouldn't go to basketball practice with a swimsuit on.....awkward!".  
 
                                     
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Note-Taking Strategy for Students with Poor Working Memory
 
Do you have students who struggle with working memory?  You might want to have them use a computer to transcribe lectures while listening to them.  A new study out this month sought to compare various ways of taking lecture notes and that relationship to later testing.  In the first study, the researcher found the best test scores came from students who used a computer for note taking versus those who hand wrote their notes.  The second portion of the study compared taking “organized notes” versus simply attempting to transcribe the lecture.  Students with good working memory scored highest on tests after taking “organized notes” (and had the greatest quantity of notes).  But students with poor working memory scored highest on later testing when they tried to simply transcribe the lecture.  So their suggestion is that students who struggle with working memory be encouraged to use a note-taking strategy that transcribes the lecture using a computer. 
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

Email:  Layered Curriculum - YES!
Hey Kathie,
A quick note to say THANKS and let you know I'm continuing to weave Layered Curriculum into my curriculum guides. I was with you for a seminar about 10+ years ago in Visalia, CA. I was EXCITED then and the excitement continues! I downloaded your latest book to my Kindle(R) over the weekend.   I'll have to look at your website to see if folks are commenting on Layered Curriculum and the NEW...CCSS:-)  Thanks again; keep up the good work!
Sincerely,-- Steve Reynolds
Lead Teacher/H&H Coordination, Porterville, CA
 
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Hey Steve, 
Thanks for the note!  Glad you are excited about teaching and about Layered Curriculum.  Yes, we are starting to get a lot of units sent in now that teachers are implementing the Common Core - works so well.  Stay in touch.  - Kathie
 

Quote of the Week
I had discovered that learning something, no matter how complex, wasn't hard when I had a reason to want to know it.”  - Homer Hickam (Rocket Boys) 
 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
What a gorgeous week here in New England!! - Makes me want to erect a maypole and dance around it in celebration of spring.  Truly, it's a beautiful time of year here.  The forsythia are in full yellow bloom and cover the land, with the bright purple rhododendron bushes providing the landscape polka-dots!  The turkeys are settling in and the spring songbirds are at full throttle.  Spring!
 
As you can see above, I just returned from North Carolina where I spent a terrific morning with the teachers of McDougle Elementary in a workshop on "A Student's Brain".  - Thanks for the welcome!  I'm home now for a few weeks to celebrate my daughter's wedding (11 days and counting!).....then I'll be back out on the road for summer workshops.  I still have a few August dates open if anyone is needing something for the beginning the next school year.  Right now, August 5th and 9th are open and I have 2 slots available for the week of August 26. So, if you are looking to host a workshop at your school, just email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
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15 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                  Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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Classroom Tip:  Create a Circle of Safety
HOT TOPIC: Learning Journals Effective Learning Strategy
How to Start Using Layered Curriculum in Your Classroom. 
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Teaching Tip:  Create a Circle of Safety
A teacher in Johannesburg, South Africa gives us the following tip:  Create a "Circle of Safety" in your classroom using a hoola-hoop on the floor.  As needed, put a student in the hoop until they can calm down.  They are not allowed to talk with or touch anyone else while in the circle and no one is allowed to touch them.  
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Learning Journals Effective Learning Strategy
 
Metacognition, or thinking about your thinking can be beneficial in the learning process.  According to a recent study in the Journal of Educational Psychology, researchers had high school students write learning journals for math and science classes.  The students were to reflect upon their learning strategies over the course of several weeks.  Those students who wrote the learning journals improved their academic performance when compared to the control group of students who did not write learning journals.  
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

How to Start Using Layered Curriculum in the Classroom
 
Nearly every week I receive email from teachers asking how best to start using Layered Curriculum.  My best advice is to start slow!  Especially if you are introducing this in the middle of the year. Most students are unaccustomed to functioning in student-centered classroom, so it's unfair to ask them to just jump in and expect them to make good decisions.  
 
So, start with the game plan you currently use and then start adding pieces.  The easiest first piece is student choice.  Since most of us start a teaching unit with some type of whole class instruction, followed by student work, it's easy to add a choice to the student work.  For example, lets say you usually introduce a topic with a brief lecture, followed by student practice homework.  Introduce the topic with the same brief lecture, but offer the students two different choice or ways to practice for their homework. 
 
You'll want to follow up with a quick assessment the following day.  And remember, assessment can be the same for the class, regardless of which practice assignment they chose, because they were all working toward the same learning objective. 
 
You'll find lots of support, including videos, articles and samples at the website.  You can also order the Layered Curriculum Text and Workbook set at the bookshop
  

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
What a great week I had in Canada.  Last Monday I was in Montreal, Quebec finishing up a series with the LCEEQ teachers there. 
Then it was off to McCreary, Manitoba, about 3 hours north of Winnipeg.  I always enjoy the town "characters" I find in Manitoba and McCreary was no different.  Here's their town character,  
 
Even though it was still rather cold and snowy in Manitoba, there was a warm welcome from the entire teaching staff at Turtle River School District. 
 
 
Next week, I'll be heading to North Carolina for a session on A Student's Brain with the teachers at McDougle Elementary in Chapel Hill.   New workshops are in the making for a variety of workshops during August and the rest of the fall (see my calendar page.)  If you are looking to host a workshop at your school, please email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Classroom Tip:  (Another) Paint Recipe
HOT TOPIC: School Adjustment Appears to Be Passed from Fathers to Sons.
The 10-minute Task Corner
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

(Another) Paint Recipe
 
From Karen McClain, at Seneca Valley Middle School in PA:  I have another tip for creating your own paint very cheaply! You mix Ivory Liquid dish soap with food coloring. Put in enough drops of food coloring to get the desired shade of color you want.  The amount of dish liquid is based on how much paint you need. It works so well with younger students because it comes out of their clothing if they get any of it on them! I learned this trick while teaching preschool and kindergarten and many parents were upset because their child got paint on their new clothes and it stained them. This paint is not only cost effective, but is a snap to prepare and you never have to worry about dried up paint!
 
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: School Adjustment Appears to Be Passed from Fathers to Sons
Improve the school adjustment for an elementary student today and you may be helping future generations. So says new research out this month, which tracked achievement and school adjustment in boys starting in the 4th grade and continued throughout the school years and into parenthood.  Then this longitudinal study watched their children through preschool and elementary. The father's academic achievement and school adjustment were directly related to the same factors in their children
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 

The 10-minute Task Corner
 
I saw a great classroom idea this week, stacked in the corner of a classroom.  The teacher used clear plastic shoeboxes to create individual, colorful and uniquie learning games / kits.  Each kit contained materials to learn or practice a particular skill (math, reading, maps).  They are stacked on a bookshelf in the corner marked "Got 10 minutes?"  Great idea for students who finish regular work a bit early. You could make these "mini lessons" on any topic and for a variety of grade levels.  Even study kits for AP classes - where each kit contained a study game for a particular concept.  Many of these could be student constructed - offer them as a B layer assignment.  

 
Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Winter is having a hard time letting go up here in New England.  Today, April 12th brings us freezing temperatures and sleet.  Brrr, just when I thought it was safe to turn off the heat - it's back on today.  So, we're still hoping for spring some day soon.  
 
I had a wonderful time in Toronto last week.  Thank you Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board for a great day.  On Monday, I'll be returning to Montreal as we wrap up our series with the LCEEQ teachers working on implementing student-centered classrooms.  
 
On April 19th there is an open Layered Curriculum workshop in McCreary, Manitoba and on August 7th we have a new Layered Curriculum workshop scheduled in Clever, Missouri, which is also open to outside participants.  Contact information for both of those is located on my calendar page.  
 
I am now booking workshops for fall / winter 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Classroom Tip:  Paint Recipe
HOT TOPIC: Good Teacher-Student Relationships Can Protect Teens from Depression Risk Factors
Schools in the UAE
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Paint Recipe
 
William Stone from the New York City Department of Education sent along this idea - Never buy paint for kids!!  Easy enough to make
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix any color shades you want / need.  
 
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Good Teacher-Student Relationships Can Protect Teens from Depression Risk Factors. 
 
Here's new research that gives us one more reason to teach.  Teacher can offer protection against some psychological challenges in teens.  Poor self-control and parent-child conflict puts adolescents at risk for depression and school behavior problems.  However, new research out this month shows that a positive teacher-student relationship can protect adolescents from this risk.  It appears that a good relationship with a teacher can undo some of the risk factors of poor self-control and parent - adolescent conflict. 
Co-researcher on this study, Jacqueline Eccles has a new book coming out later this yearThe Changing Face(s) of Race and Gender in the United States  
 
Full citation and more hot topics at the Brains.org Website 
 
 

Schools in the UAE
 
I visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi last week in the United Arab Emirates.  -in part to see for myself, this fast-paced exercise in city design and growth and in part to see their schools.  The city of Dubai truly is an amazing testament to human creativity and design.
 
                                     
 
 
But not only is the UAE impressive in it's building architecture, it is impressive in its government education system.  The president has been serious about investing in his nation's future by investing in its schools.  The schools have formed tight alliances with institutions and associations in the United States.  They have built state of the art schools with emphasis on creative pedagogy, student-centered classrooms and preparing their students to compete in a global society.  English is taught right from the primary grades and education is compulsory through the 9th grade, and literacy rates approach 90%.  And they recognize the need for special needs education through mainstream classrooms.  Cooperative programs have been developed between the UAE and institutions in the US to help with improving their special education. 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Happy spring everyone!  I hope you are enjoying the birth of another earth year.  April always brings a bit of nerves as we see the close of the school year approaching.  This means a few weeks remain to prepare for year-end tests, regents, AP exams, exit exams, etc. But take some time to venture outdoors, with your students and appreciate nature's youth.  
 
April is a busy month for me too.  I'm heading back to Toronto on Monday for a day with the teachers at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.  Then I'll head back to Montreal to work again with the LCEEQ group and finally up to McCreary, Manitoba for a day of Layered Curriculum with the Turtle River School Division.  New workshops are now in the planning for Missouri and North Carolina.  You can check out my workshop schedule any time on the calendar page at the website.  
 
I am now booking workshops for summer and fall / winter 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Classroom Tip:  Chalkboards anywhere, everywhere
HOT TOPIC: "Social Jet Lag" Plagues Teens & Teachers
Thank You to the Teachers at New York City's Facing History School
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Chalkboards anywhere, everywhere
Chalkboard paint is a teacher's best friend.  You can paint old leftover 12-inch tiles for individual chalkboards.  Or build a frame on the wall and paint a chalkboard - then use colored chalk to have students make unit bulletin boards.  They are great scattered in various heights and sections of the room for students to work out group activities.    Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: "Social Jet Lag" Plagues Teens & Teachers
 
While there are many valid reasons to promote all boys or all girls schools, academic achievement may not be one of them.  Traditional research on same-gendered schooling here in the US has been hampered by the fact that there is parental bias in sending their child to an all-boy or all-girl school.  Since the assigning of students to these schools is not random, research results do not generalize well to the population at large.  However, we can now look at reserch which has come out of Korea - where they do randomly assign students to same-gendered schools.  A new study which measured science and math achievement scores finds no difference for students in mixed gendered versus same-gendered schools.  Scores were similar.
Pahlke, E. et al (2013)  The Effects of Single-Sex Compared With Coeducational Schooling on Mathematics and Science Achievement: Data From Korea.
Journal of Educational Psychology, Mar 18 preview, nps.  More Hot Topics at the Brains.org Website  
For more on this topic, you may want to look Same, Different, Equal: Rethinking Single-Sex Schooling 
 
Also, you may have seen my re-tweet yesterday from Medical News Today, reporting on some new research showing that elite athletes also appear to score higher on memory tests and tasks which require task switching.  Male and Female athletes beat their non-athlete counterparts.
 

Thank You to the Teachers at New York City's Facing History School
 
 I managed to escape another snowstorm here in New England this week in time to train down to New York City for a DIfferentiating the High School with Layered Curriculum workshop yesterday at the Facing History School in Manhattan.  The school sits in the heart of what traditionally is known as Hell's Kitchen.
 
 
I had a great day and a return visit is already in the planning.  I look forward to seeing with the teachers there do with Layered Curriculum.  I also was impressed with the student artwork that adorned the hallways. 
         
 
 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
I know many of you are on Spring Break, or just coming off of it.  I hope you enjoyed someplace warm and sunny. As I write this I'm heading to a very sunny and warm climate - the United Arab Emirates for a week.  I'll be soaking up the sun and scenery and researching the education system in the middle east.  Watch my Twitter feed for some photos and notes along the way.  
 
 
I'll be back for a busy April with three workshops in Canada including Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.  Also new workshops are now in the planning for Missouri and North Carolina.  You can check out my workshop schedule any time on the calendar page at the website.  
 
I am now booking workshops for summer and fall / winter 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Classroom Tip:  Make Individual Seat Cushions / Sit-upons
HOT TOPIC: "Social Jet Lag" Plagues Teens & Teachers
Email: Teachers Tired of Being Blamed for Issues Related To Poverty
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 

Make Individual Seat Cushions / Sit-upons
Have students make "sit-upons" by binding a thick magazine or two and inserting into a pillow case.  They can make them more comfortable with a piece of foam too. Work in progress can be stored in a file folder inserted along side the magazines.  As they move around from station to station, they take their sit-upon and their work. 
 
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HOT TOPIC: "Social Jet Lag" Plagues Teens & Teachers
 
Lost a little sleep last night? Probably no great harm. Lost a little sleep every night this week? Now it's a danger. Researchers everywhere are becoming concerned with the so called "social jet lag" that is plaguing our nation. Chronic sleep deprivation and the habit of our society to shift sleep patterns on weekends several hours later than during the week.  Chronic sleep loss causes metabolic changes in the body. This means you no longer regulate appetite correctly. Your glucose metabolism and blood pressure control go out the window. People with chronic sleep deprivation tend to take in more calories during the day - especially from fats. The effect is very strong in children and adolescents. Not only do you take in more calories, your body loses its ability to respond to insulin. Teens who added one more hour of sleep to their day improved their insulin resistance nearly 10%. Full citation is available at the Brains.org Website
Looking for more on this topic? You may be interested The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep
 

 Email: Teachers Tired of Being Blamed for Issues Related To Poverty 
 
Thanks Dr. Nunley for your insightful article (America's Absolutely Wonderful Education System) talking about the United States education system as compared to other countries! I am a public school teacher in Tennessee and I have been teaching for 20 years and I love teaching very much but I, like many other teachers in TN, am so tired of being blamed for low test scores and for constantly being compared to other countries' education systems. We are also compared to other states in our own country! Tennessee's problem is that we have so many students living in poverty and the legislators don't want to address that issue.  They just want to add vouchers and charter schools to our state instead of supporting public school! 
I have known for some time that comparing the USA to other countries was like comparing apples and oranges! No one seems to be listening! Legislators want public schools to fail so that they can privatize education. You know what will happen if that occurs, only wealthy children will be educated and the poor won't be able to go to school! I hope you have an opportunity to speak to legislators in DC and help them understand what your article was saying.  We have the best education system in the world because we educate everyone!   Debbie Lester, Washington County, TN
 

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Happy Spring!!  It's a beautiful day here in New England.  The sun is shining, the snow and ice piles are melting as fast as they can, and the birds are busy with their annual habitat construction.  It's so wonderful, I just want to stand next to the window and soak it all in.  The Joy of Spring!  
 
I'm heading down to New York City next week for day of Differentiating Your High School with Layered Curriculum  at The Facing History School in Manhattan.  
Then I'll be spending a week in the UAE - primarily Dubai to do a bit of research on education in the Middle East.  April workshops include 3 stops in Canada - Montreal, Toronto and McCreary.  And a new workshop is scheduled for early May in North Carolina.  You can check out my workshop schedule any time on the calendar page at the website.  
 
I am now booking workshops for summer and fall / winter 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
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Teaching Tip for any Grade Level

HOT TOPIC: Bullying Increases Drop-Out Risk

What's New in Books

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Teaching Tip for any Grade Level

Paint the inside of your classroom door with chalkboard paint.  You can use colored chalk to write the day's greeting or various colors to note reminders for the students.  It's the first thing students will see as they arrive and the last thing they'll see as they leave.    

 

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HOT TOPIC: Bullying Increases Drop-Out Risk

 

New research out of Virginia on bullying.  In studying 275+ high schools in Virginia over the past several years, they found that bullying does indeed increase a student's risk of dropping out of school.  They tracked 9th graders' self reported and teacher reported bullying and teasing.  Even controlling for other issues such as poverty, minority status, community crime rates, etc., the incidence of bullying was a predictive of high school drop out as any other known predictive factor.  Students who were teased or bullied were at about a 15% greater risk of not completing all 4 years. Lead researcher Dr Dewey Cornell is author of  School Violence: Fears Versus Facts .  Full citation is available at the Brains.org Website

 


 What's New In Books

 

As many of you know, I was at the "Reading for the Love of It" Conference in Toronto last week.  Great conference.  While there I was able to meet and catch up with my good friend, David Sousa (You're probably familiar with his How the Brain Learns and many others in that series).  

 

 

David was very excited about two topics - his recent trip to Mumbai to work with the International Schools there, and his brand new book From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts.  The book was just released this past Friday.  In this new book, he's partnered with Tom Pilecki who is an Art Educator.  The two of them worked to make this very practical guide to integrating arts into STEM.  

 

 

Dr David Sousa

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Late winter......that time of year where we are fighting cabin fever and anxiously awaiting any little hint that spring may return.  Here in New England we are still buried in snow and cold.  The only sign of spring is the very occasional, but always welcome, call of a spring bird preparing his tree and nesting site.  

 

February is also a great time for conferences - gets us out of the cold and into the warmth of colleagues and the excitement of new learning.  As mentioned, I just returned from Toronto and the Reading for the Love of It Conference where I presented on Student Brains and Memory Systems.  Always great to see old friends again too.  Next week I'll be heading back up to Toronto for a day with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board in Mississauga.  From there I'll be returning to New York City for a full day of Differentiating Your High School with Layered Curriculum workshop at The Facing History School in Manhattan.  You can find a list of all my workshops on my calendar page.  

 

 

My spring calendar is filled, but I still have some openings for beginning in late May through the fall of 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  

 

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

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Teaching Tip for Attendance and Sense of Belonging
HOT TOPIC: Programs Designed to Improve Working Memory May Be Ineffective
New Study:  All Letters are Not Created Equal (in importance)
eBooks Now Available in (free) Kindle Lending Library
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Teaching Tip for Attendance and Sense of Belonging
On the wall near the door, have laminated cards with students' name along with a picture of them (make these on day 1).  Have a piece of velcro on the back.  As students come in, they pick up their name card and place it on the large felt wall board titled "I'm Here Today!".  When everyone arrives, you can take any remaining tags, mark your absences, and move those to a felt wall board titled "We're Missing You Today!".  Works great with any age group, pre-K right through high school.   
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HOT TOPIC: Programs Designed to Improve Working Memory May Be Ineffective 
 
If you are considering (or currently using) some type of program claiming to improve working memory in children, you may want to look at a review of the literature that came out this month.  It appears that while there are a lot of working memory training programs out there, they do not seem to be effective in treating working memory issues with ADHD or as a tool to improve cognitive ability or academic achievement in typically developing children either.  A recent review of the data on over 25 treatment studies, shows that some working memory treatment programs may result in some short-term improvements in specific working memory skills.  But the effects are short-lived, and more importantly do not generalize to other skills such as nonverbal ability, inhibition, attention, word decoding or math. 
 
 

New Study:  All Letters are Not Created Equal (in importance)
A study released last month reminded me of a something that made the rounds through the internet a few years ago.  Do you recall reading this?:
 
"Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."

When reading, apparently all letters are not created equal - at least in their importance.  The first letter of a word is detected more easily than any of the other letters and appears to be the most critical.  The final letter is also important, though not as easily detected.  Transposing the other letters in a word appears to not make much difference in reading comprehension.   
Guérard, K. et al (2012, December)  "Assessing the influence of letter position in reading normal and transposed texts using a letter detection task."
Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.  Vol 66(4), 227-238.

eBooks Now Available in (free) Kindle Lending Library
Several of my ebooks are now in the Kindle Lending Library (for free loan)  
 
 
 
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Greetings on this lovely Valentine's Day.  I hope you have a special valentine to share the day with.  Wishing you lots of candy hearts and paper flowers and hugs from special people.  
 
I'm sitting here in New England basking in the winter sunshine and looking at out at our still impressive snow cover.  As many of you heard, we endured quite the blizzard last weekend and actually the Boston public school just yesterday resumed classes.  It was a storm to remember.  I personally will remember it, as it left me stranded in Detroit for several days!  I had a wonderful time last week with the Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario.  But, I didn't make it back to the airport in time to catch the last flight back to Boston before Nemo hit.  So, I had an extended weekend in Detroit.  
 
I'm really looking forward to next week's "Reading For The Love of It" conference in Toronto - always a big turn out.  If you are there, come say hello.  I'll be doing 2 presentations on Thursday, the 21st.  
 
My spring calendar is just about filled, but I still have some openings for summer and many openings for fall of 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

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Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
 

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Teaching Tip for Smooth Transition to End-of-Class or End-of-Day

HOT TOPIC: Executive Function Tends to Worsen for ASD children as they progress through Adolescence 

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Teaching Tip for Smooth Transition to End-of-Class or End-of-Day

Here's a teaching tip I received from a recent workshop participant:  Have a "pack up" song you play when there are just 3 or 4 minutes left in class.  When the kids hear the song they know it's time to organize their materials, jot down any last minute assignments or notes and pack up.  Makes a smoother end of class without the teacher having to give oral directives and reminders.  Students must be ready before the song ends.

 

Great idea! Thanks.  I think you could also vary it from week to week, especially with older students - have them select the song of the week.    

 

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HOT TOPIC: Executive Function Tends to Worsen for ASD children as they progress through Adolescence 

 

As children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) get older, their Executive Function problems appear to worsen. When compared to typically developing children, children with ASD at all ages struggle with Executive Function. However the variance in older adolescents is greater, indicating more problems for high functioning ASD individuals as they try to enter work and social environments.  Researcher, Lauren Kenworthy, is author of Unstuck and on Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
 

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HOMEWORK For New Parents: Assignments for raising the IQ of your child, birth - 2 

 

Enhancing Your Layered Curriculum Classroom: Tips, Tune-ups and Technology

 

Layered Curriculum: The practical solution for teachers with more than one student in their classroom (2ed) Chap 1-3 & 18 

 


     (Email) How to Move Your Staff Toward Differentiation 

Hi Kathie,  I used your Layered Curriculum for years when I was a middle school science teacher.  Now I'm a new principal at our high school.  I can see a real need for differentiation as we have a very diverse population.  However, I'm struggling with how to get the staff onboard  (I guess we have a diverse population of staff as well!).  Any ideas would be appreciated.   - Stan. H., GA.  

 

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Stan,  

First, congratulations on your first principalship!  Just like teaching, the first year is probably the most difficult.  As you know from classroom teaching, mandating anything is a sure fire way to meet resistance.  So think of the process more along the lines of a Layered Curriculum.  Start by adding to your staff's bank of knowledge on why there is a need for differentiation and more importantly, HOW can they do this.  Then allow teachers to play around with some of the concepts (B layer), and finally, using small, volunteer groups, have them share an evaluation piece of what went right, what are still struggles to overcome.  

 

Then get a small seed group of enthusiastic teachers and provide them more intense training and prep time.  Once they get started, I think you will find it infectious.  After all, the first thing teachers discover in a differentiated classroom is how much more FUN it is - for the teacher!  And thats what tends to get others interested. 

 

Go slow...Rome wasn't built in a day and a differentiated high school isn't built in a year, but it can be built.  Best of Luck! - Kathie

 

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Happy Mid-Winter!  I noted on my calendar last Monday, that I heard the first Spring bird call of the season.  I always note it on my calendar because I then know that we have just 6 more weeks of winter. (Males tend to come 6 weeks before the females to stake their claim on the best tree- hence the call).  The birds haven't failed me yet.

 

I'm excited about heading up to Windsor, Ontario next week for a Differentiating with Layered Curriculum day at Catholic Central High School.  Later this month I'll be at the Reading For the Love of It Conference in Toronto.  

 

I now have my summer and fall calendar open for 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  

 

And we are making progress on another series of presentations in South Africa - email if you are in that region and interested in joining in with us in September / October of 2013.  

 

As always, my best to you and yours,

Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
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News and updates to Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:  

A School Tip for Your College-Bound High Schoolers 
HOT TOPIC: Spanking Increases Aggression in Children
New eBooks Available
    New Layered Curriculum Unit Contributed for Staff PD on Elem Science
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 
 

Tip for Your College Bound Students
Here's an idea I gleaned while at Holton High School in Michigan this week.  A sign posted by each teacher's door, not only listed the teacher's name, but included in large type, the name of the College or University he or she attended - along with the suggestion to "Ask Me About It".  What a great way to take advantage of all the 1st person reviews you have for various colleges, get students thinking about colleges, and expand their options.
 
 
 
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Spanking Increases Aggression in Children 
 
Spanking children makes them more aggressive.  So says new research out this month by researchers Elizabeth Gershoff (author of Understanding Mother-Adolescent Conflict Discussions) and Inna Altschul (author of Parental involvement and the academic achievement of Mexican American youth). In a large study of thousands of mothers and children, they gathered information regarding incidence of spanking at age 1, 3 and 5 and children's levels of aggression.  Children who were spanked by mothers, as early as 1 year of age, were more aggressive by age 3.  Spanking anytime during early childhood, was correlated with aggressive behavior. Levels of maternal warmth otherwise, had no moderating effect.  So even warm, caring mothers who spank will see more aggression in their children.
 

 
New eBooks Available
Several of my books are now available in Kindle Format (download the software for free for your Android Device here: Kindle for Android
 
 

     (Email) New Layered Curriculum Unit Contributed for Staff PD on Elem Science
Hi Kathie,
     [Attached] is a sample Layered Curriculum for staff PD on Layered Curriculum using elementary science as the focus.  It’s designed for a 45-minute session to model for teachers how powerful and easy LC is as an instructional strategy.
    My “pitch” to the teachers I work with is that Layered Curriculum is a method to organize instruction for students in a way that 1) allows students choices as to how they learn, 2) leads to students taking ownership of their learning, yet 3) holds students accountable for what they learn.
     
     I used a similar strategy to teach high school physics at Myers Park HS here in Charlotte.  I called my approach – ITS – which stands for Individualized Teaching System, although students at first called it an Idiotic Teaching System because I would not be teaching and they needed to teach themselves. 
     What I liked about ITS and Layered Curriculum is that both strategies help students take ownership of their learning, allows teachers to be “organizers of learning resources”, and results in a student-centered classroom where the spotlight is on student learning and not teachers teaching.
 
     Our Superintendent of Curriculum, challenged the central office team to make a Big Bet on a policy, program, or project that would have a major impact on teacher practice and student learning in our district.  My Big Bet was Layered Curriculum as an approach to empower teachers and get students excited about science.
     Also attached is a Layered Curriculum for second grade weather aligned to the NC Essential Standards for Science. Chris Fisher, no relation, created it after learning about Layered Curriculum from information I share on our science listserves.  
 
Wayne Fisher, MS, MEd, NBCT
Science Specialist, PAEMST
STAR Discovery Educator, Charlotte, NC  
 
(Wayne's units are being posted this week at Help4Teachers.com)
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
Cold enough for everyone!?  Wow, if you're in North America, I don't have to tell you it's winter this week!  Today I'm writing you from New Hampshire where is it a balmy minus 4 degrees.  (and windy - but I don't even want to think about the wind chill).  Seems everywhere I've been this month - it's been frigid.  
I started in Montreal, where I had a fantastic time in my continued work with the Leadership Committee Teams as we work on differentiation.
   And I just returned from Holton, Michigan, which had chilly temperatures, but warm teachers!  We spent the day with their elementary, middle and high school working on differentiating with Layered Curriculum.  Here we are in their "Red Devil Den".  Thanks for the great day! 
 
I am currently scheduling presentations for all of 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
 

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HOT TOPIC: Middle School Math Struggles Intensify From 6th to 8th Grade
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 Facebook Fan Posts Question on Grading for Quality
Misc Chatter & Layered Curriculum Workshop News
 
 

3 Quick Tips for Your Layered Curriculum Classroom
  • Change the seating arrangement and /or the classroom layout with every new unit.  Helps keeps things fresh and novel.  
  • Keep student unit sheets in individual files in a stand-alone box. Have students grab their file as they come in the door - attendance is finished.
  • A "C layer" assignment choice for character analysis in an English class: Have the students create a list of daily "tweets" the character would have posted to a Twitter account. 
Have a teaching tip for us?  Please send it to kathie@brains.org
 

HOT TOPIC: Middle School Math Struggles Intensify From 6th to 8th Grade
 
    Robert Siegler, (author of Children's Thinking) was the lead researcher in a new study out last month concerning math.  Children who struggle with division of whole numbers and understanding the magnitude of various fractions tend to be the ones who struggle with fraction arithmetic in middle grades. And as the children move through middle school math, the struggles intensify. The research finds that the difference between low and high achieving 6th graders in math is much greater by 8th grade. 
 

New eBook:  HOMEWORK For New Parents
As promised, my new ebook HOMEWORK For New Parents: Assignments for raising the IQ of your child, birth - 2 launched this month through Amazon Kindle format (you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle formatted ebooks)   The first in a series of booklets designed to help parents, this gives them ways to give their children a head start on their education, before they ever set foot in a school.
 
As many of you asked for reprints, I've also got an article series based on the books, available for reprint in hard copy or electronic parent newsletters.  
 
 

     Facebook Fan Posts Question on Grading for Quality
 
Tony White posted this question on our Facebook Page: 
How do you address the quality of a student's work in Layered Curriculum? Or do you? I understand that grading is based on what the student has learned, not what they have done. So do you discount lack of quality, not following instructions, etc. even if the student "knows" the material verbally?"  
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Tony your question is excellent and one that falls in the "A Layer" category of questions - there is no objectively right or wrong answer here.  Whether to count quality, effort, artistic ability, time spent, etc in grading is completely up to you as the teacher. However, the emphasis should always be on the learning that took place.  Try to set your assignments up so that students understand that the point to the assignment is the learning. Clearly state the learning objective and then grade for it.  (we're trying to steer clear of "busy work").  
 
But if you want to throw in a little bit for aesthetic value, especially on projects, I think that's fine - as long as it doesn't create more confusion.  For C layer assignments, personally, I'm just looking for the learning.  
 
"Following instructions" however, is a different matter.  That is certainly an important skill for academic success!  --Kathie
 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News
The New Year brings new opportunities and new Layered Curriculum workshops.  This weekend I'll be heading back to Montreal for to work with the Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec on Differentiating the High School Classroom.  Then I'll be spending Martin Luther King Day in Holton, Michigan for a day of Layered Curriculum.  New workshops are in the making for spring and summer and information is posted on the calendar.  
 
I am currently scheduling presentations for all of 2013.  If you would like more information on hosting a workshop at your school, email me for a brochure.  
 
I wish everyone, everywhere a most peaceful and Happy New Year!  
 
As always, my best to you and yours,
Kathie

Dr Kathie F Nunley
Layered Curriculum(R) . . . because every child deserves a special education (tm)
 

 
 

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