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Formative Assessment In The Classroom

Formative assessment in its many forms is the one that lets teachers know how students are doing as learning is occurring, not after.  There are many different ways that teachers can check for understanding which will allow you to shift instruction accordingly.
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Unschooling the Preschool Aged Child

If you are new to the term, then unschooling may sound like a bit of an oxymoron.  Unschooling is not so much a method of instruction, rather it is a way of thinking about learning. Einstein said, “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”  What did he mean by that statement? Einstein’s brilliance was unleashed when he had the opportunity to think and create. Preschoolers have unlimited curiosity and the concept of unschooling taps into their interests.
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Gender Bias

From the moment you are born you are defined by your gender. Different language is used to describe you as a boy or girl. There is a resulting bias when parents, teachers and society treat learners differently depending on their gender.
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Children Singing In The Classroom

Children singing plays an important role in child development. Very early in our life we are introduced to singing whether it is by a parent, a TV show theme, The Wiggles, or music time at day care or Kindergarten.
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Understand your Children's Learning Styles

Every child is a unique individual with their own personality traits and learning styles. Children have vivid contrasts in their development compared with peers and their own siblings. Knowing your child’s learning style will help you, and them, understand the different ways in which they process information.
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Teaching Letter Sounds

Children and adults learning to read, write and spell often become confused with letter sounds. Playing with letters and sounds should be introduced early and become part of everyday learning. Encourage the learner to hear, say, write, and talk about each sound. Knowing that most letters make more than one sound gives the learner knowledge of when to use the letter, increasing their word recognition, and in turn their ability to write and spell.
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Interacting With Children

Parents who place their children in childcare do so with the expectation that the child’s physiological and psychological needs will be met. A major part of meeting these needs depends how well the carer is interacting with the children and will influence learning and development.
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Creativity and Learning in the Early Childhood and Primary School Years

As new teachers and eventually experienced classroom teachers we must be aware that creativity and learning in our learners has no boundaries unless we are guilty of applying them. Our teaching strategies should positively reflect this. As teachers we need to understand  that children are creative beings. They have a natural curiosity which encourages them to gain an understanding, through exploration and experiment, of the possibilities in their environment.
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14 Tips for Smart Teachers

As a teacher you will use up a lot of energy teaching learners. Using up physical and emotional energy may find you depleted and tired. Talking most of the day; planning lessons; dealing with challenging children; being available and contributing at peer meetings; setting up the environment so it is interesting and challenging; dealing with parents; finding time to eat, drink and go to the toilet; and topping it all off with professional development, are all part of a teachers busy week.
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Safety In Cyberspace.

Safety in cyberspace is an essential issue for all parents to address in this age where many resources for improving children's literacy and numeracy skills are accessed online. Children now spend a lot of time on the internet using various devices. As a parent it is important for you to ensure that their time on the web is used constructively and not in areas that will put your child at risk.
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Homeschool Resources

As homeschool teachers we often try to go at it alone with nothing but a handful of curriculum catalogues and a few how to books to guide us. Most classroom teachers will tell you they would not be nearly as successful without their colleagues. Fellow teachers share ideas and brainstorm solutions to academic and behavior issues they are facing in their classroom. This networking provides a constant stream of new ideas and insures instruction does not grow stagnant. If they mention they need a creative way to teach adjectives they are sure to leave the teacher’s lounge with a dozen new ideas.
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