Did you run out of pencils? Do you need a piano for your music class? A website–donorschoose.org of which you may have not heard is granting wishes to worthy public school classrooms across the U.S.who are lacking in supplies. Teachers do not have to write grants! All teachers have to do is request the materials needed, send thank you notes, and photographs of the project taking place. Ordinary citizens can donate as little or as much as they want. This website allows many people to donate to one need until that need is filled. Visit the site to see some of the amazing projects that have been fulfilled.
While teaching in a high poverty school and giving students the best education I can with the resources provided , I still wonder if most students will succeed in the midst of their home life with all of its habits and distractions. I have often thought the only way to ensure achievement is to place them in a boarding school atmosphere with the 24-hour support of dedicated professionals to influence good social and educational habits. This is something that also This is an area I have been pondering ever since I watched Waiting for Superman–the documentary. In Washington D.C. and Maryland, charter boarding schools have been developed for under privileged students called SEED schools. These schools have a 91% graduation rate with 95% of these students enrolling in college within 18 months of their graduation. Students who attend these schools are three times as likely to graduate college as their peers from the same neighborhoods. Compare this to a 1998 study done in which only 71% of ALL public school students privileged and underprivileged in the U.S. graduated high school. Since the SEED school concept has shown such a high success rate, the are wanting to spread the SEED schools to other states. If you would like to learn more about the SEED schools or request a SEED school be started in your area you may contact the SEED foundation.
Take a visit to this free clip art website by Lee Hansen to find lots of cute borders, and clip art images. Many of the images are of holiday items. I especially like the borders. The clip art is completely free for classroom use, club use, non profit use, personal use, blogs, or web page articles. The clip art may not be used for commercial use.
My favorite way to begin teaching division to third graders (or fair shares with younger students) is to read Stuart J. Murphy’s Divide and Ride book. This is a short story about kids who go to an amusement park to ride roller a roller coaster and various other rides. In each scenario of the story different amounts of seats are available with different amounts of children to fill each seat. These scenarios provide a way to discuss division to students. Remainders are even discussed when students must be left off of the ride because there are no more seats. After reading this book, students can use a circle mat or egg carton to represent the rides with counters or beans to represent children on each ride. If you want to be extra cutesy, you can decorate an egg carton like a roller coaster and place puffballs with googly eyes inside to represent students . For a free CircleMat which is useful for multiplication or division, click the link.