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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Thursday, February 26, 2015

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

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


  • Teaching Tip: Include Learning Objectives on Layered Curriculum Units
  • Hot Topic: Teachers - Use Your Fancy Words to Help Improve Reading Skills
  • Layered Curriculum Teachers Beta-Testing Lesson Builder for SmartBall  
  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Teaching Tip:  Include Learning Objectives on Layered Curriculum Units

Just a reminder to include the student learning objectives along with the assignment choices when constructing Layered Curriculum Units.  The objective lets students know "WHY" they are doing a particular assignment.  For example:  "You need to be able to list 5 significant events leading up to the Civil Rights Act".  Then list 2 or 3 suggested ways (assignments) for students to learn that objective.  

 

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

 


HOT TOPIC: Teachers - Use Your Fancy Words! 

A new study out this month compares reading comprehension progress with teacher vocabulary use in middle school.  The researchers compared beginning of year scores to end of year, from a variety of classrooms.  They also recorded and analyzed the classroom teachers' speech. Students whose teachers used more sophisticated vocabulary in class had more significant improvements in reading comprehension as the year progressed.   

Citations and more Hot Topics at the Brains.org Website 

 


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Layered Curriculum Teachers Beta-Testing Lesson Builder app for SmartBall

Several Layered Curriculum teachers around the US have been having a ball - literally - this month!  Physical Apps, maker of TheO SmartBall agreed to build an app for the ball that could be used by middle and high school teachers.   Their SmartBall holds a smartphone with an app to teach lessons as the ball is tossed or bounced.  But the apps for the ball were focused on preschool and elementary students.  So I approached them and asked if they could build something we could use at the secondary level.  And they did!  So, we now have Lesson Builder and I'm excited that we get to be beta-testers for it!  It has great engagement possibilities for Layered Curriculum classrooms.  

 

As of this week, the public beta version is available for Android users here. The IOS version will be out shortly. So, we'd love more beta-tester this school year.  You design "flashcard" style lessons on their website, download onto your smartphone (or I prefer to use an old smartphone rather than my own) and it snaps into a ball.  Each time it's tossed the card changes.  I built lessons this week for Insect Orders, genetics vocabulary, and one for shapes and arrangements of bacteria.  The app is free.  The ball can be purchased direct from the company through this link, or you can also get TheO SmartBall from Amazon.  We're just starting to construct a library of lessons -so let me know if you make any.  

 


 

Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Thank you again to the great staff at Woodruff Career and Technical High School in Peoria.  We had another great day there yesterday - this time working on some classroom management strategies along with continued work on Layered Curriculum.  Can't wait to see more units from you all!  

 

This winter has made travel challenging to say the least - but I know spring will arrive soon.  (Of course, here in New England, I still have a 4-foot blanket of snow in my yard, so I'm not expecting spring flowers anytime soon).  But at least I can see "March" on the calendar next week, so that makes me feel warmer anyway. 

 

 
I have several new workshops and conferences on the calendar for the rest of this school year and I'm now starting to fill the fall calendar as well.  If you are interested in hosting a Layered Curriculum / Differentiation workshop at your school in 2015, email me for a brochure of  2015 Workshop Offerings and Costs

 

 

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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18 years of publication, 17,000+ subscribers                 Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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

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


  • January Tip: Use a Full-Spectrum Light in the Classroom During Dark Months
  • Hot Topic: Children With Dyslexia Struggle with Writing Due to Spelling Issues
  • Article:  Children With Autism Need Accommodation for Reading Material 
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  • Misc Chatter & Workshop News

January Tip:  Use a Full-Spectrum Light in the Classroom During Dark Months

January is often a time for "seasonal affective depression" or SAD - caused by lack of sunlight.  In children this often manifests itself as increased restlessness, aggression or hyperactivity. Have a Full Spectrum Desk Lamp in the classroom and make it available to students on either an "as-needed" basis or rotation.  Ten minutes within 2 feet of full-spectrum light each day can alleviate SAD and the associated behaviors. 

 

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HOT TOPIC: Children with Dyslexia Struggle With Writing Due To Spelling Issues

Children with dyslexia can write at the same speed as children without dyslexia.  However, on writing tasks, they write less overall and pause more frequently while writing.  In particular they pause within words due to poor spelling ability.  The majority of writing deficits in children with dyslexia result from non-automated spelling and within-word pausing.  Citation at the website.  

 

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New Article: Children with Autism Need Accommodation for Reading Material

Children (and adults) with autism will rarely read, understand or relate to fictional literature. People with autism have a different human interaction experience, so these novels will be challenging. If you parent a child with autism, consider asking for a modification on their IEP that they be offered non-fiction books instead of fiction novels assigned in class. This will also be the case if watching videos or films that are relationship-based. Documentaries will be better understood.  Read Entire Article....

 


 

Quote of the Week

 

 “You can't get too much winter in the winter."   

                                                                             - Robert Frost. 

                                                                                                                                     

 


Misc Chatter & Workshop News

Happy New Year to all of you.  My best wishes for a wonderful, fulfilling and healthy 2015.  

As you read this I'm already out on the road enjoying a day of introducing Layered Curriculum to the staff and faculty at the Woodruff Career and Technical Center in the Peoria School District in Illinois.  And next week, it's off to Ohio!  I guess it goes without saying that I'm hoping for a mild January to keep road and airports open.  

 

I want to thank the teachers and community in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for another wonderful two days with teachers and parents last month.  I look forward to hearing about your continued good work.  

 

And as you all start planning your 2015, let me know if you are interested in hosting a Layered Curriculum / Differentiation workshop at your school.  For information, just email me for a brochure of  2015 Workshop Offerings and Costs

 

 

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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