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Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Back-to-School Survival Tip # 5


 

Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Build Your Sanctuary Fort


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #4

Amazon/Thriftbooks/AbeBooks your reading list

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #3


Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Stock up on Supplies


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #2

Many Texas schools begin tomorrow… here is a back-to-school survival tip:


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Back-to-School Survival Tip #1


Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Laugh During Meetings


 

 

Video by Gerry Brooks, the Funniest Principal on the Planet

 


 

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Back to School: Gear Up with Gratitude Mini-Lessons

The busy timetables of the school year can leave little time for extensive new units of study. As teachers, instructional designers, administrators realize the compacted time demands of each day, other options are possible.

Consider mini-lessons of 10-15 minutes to reinforce essentials concepts to enhance the invitational component of your classroom or online course.


 

  1. All Ages: Invite students to give voice to their gratitude. Youngest learners may draw and younger learners through adult learners can write or type for 10- 15 minutes on this prompt: How do you feel when you hear the words “Thank you”? Students can also text their answers to this prompt or use the Penzu online journal.
    Research Reinforcement: James Pennebaker, professor at the University of Texas conducted research that points to benefits of writing/journaling on well-being. Read more at this Link
  2. For Grades PK-2: This video from PBS Learning media describes how important it is for youngest learners to show appreciation to the parents and caregivers in their lives that help them!  Watch Video
  3. For Grades 5-12: Braincraft has the science behind why expressing gratitude feels so good. Watch Video
  4. Have a little more time? Feeling and expressing gratitude can help students better appreciate the kindness of others and the importance of their relationships with everyone in their lives. Dive into this lesson plan from PBS Learning Media that will spark a discussion around the meaning of gratitude. Explore Lesson Plans

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 25

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it. ~H. E. Luccock

Happy Back to School!

Photo by Helen Teague on Canyon Road in SantaFe, NM

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 26

“{Setting} Goals has a directive effect on cognition and behavior, directing attention and effort toward goal- relevant tasks and away from irrelevant activities. Goals also serve an energizing function, which stimulates individuals to exert the effort necessary to match the demands of the task (Schunk, 2001).” ~ Consuelo Cabral-Márquez, in Motivating Readers: Helping Students Set and Attain Personal Reading Goals.

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Sources:

Cabral‐Márquez, C. (2015). Motivating Readers. The Reading Teacher, 68(6), 464-472.

Schunk, D. H. (2001). Self-regulation through goal setting. Greensborough, NC : ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student
Services . (ERIC Document Reproduction Service Report No. ED462671).

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Back to School Pep Talk from Kid President

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A Classroom Emphasis on Wisdom

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