How to Raise Young Kids to be the Next Steve Jobs
Dec01

How to Raise Young Kids to be the Next Steve Jobs

After his death, Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, was memorialized as a man of great vision, someone who knew how to take his dreams and see them through to fruition. While not every child may be suited to become the next co-founder of a tech giant, children can learn to experience success by adopting many of the traits that defined Jobs. His vision, his attention to detail, and his desire to always strive for the best are all traits...

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The Role of the Imagination in the Special Education Classroom
Nov18

The Role of the Imagination in the Special Education Classroom

With the adoption of the Common Core curriculum in most states, classrooms from kindergarten to 12th grade do not have much time for students to let their imaginations run wild. Many schools still have art, music, and physical education, which are the classes with the most imaginative curriculum, but in many schools, kids only have them once or twice per week. Tweet Share Need for Play at School Even though the Common Core has...

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The Value of iPad Books in the Special Education Classroom
Nov18

The Value of iPad Books in the Special Education Classroom

Special education teachers have classroom needs that are much different than regular education teachers. Regular education teachers are usually required to follow a set curriculum, and most have to follow the standards laid out by the Common Core. At this time, there are not any Common Core standards for special education teachers. The major role of the special education teacher is to help students perform to the best of their...

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Special Education Classroom – Using The Road to Greatness to empower kids
Nov18

Special Education Classroom – Using The Road to Greatness to empower kids

The job of a special education teacher is never easy. Most special education teachers have a caseload of students with a wide variety of special needs and the teacher needs to help each one succeed. Tweet Share Resource Classes for Building Skills At all educational levels, special education students are mainstreamed into regular education classes. They might spend one class period per day working in a resource hour with their...

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Socratic learning and iPads in the classroom
Nov18

Socratic learning and iPads in the classroom

Socrates was a thinker from ancient times. His theory as a teacher was that asking questions would increase learning. Through questioning, students learn better than they would just by listening to a teacher or reading a book. The fact that students have to get involved in a discussion means that they must know the information in order to ask questions and answer them, too. Many students really enjoy Socratic discussions because they...

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Building a love of reading one book at a time
Nov15

Building a love of reading one book at a time

There is no doubt that children love to play with computers and tablets. The advent of the tablet has made it easier than ever for children to become comfortable using technology at very young ages. Where older generations had to be taught to use technology, it seems like children leave the womb being able to use smartphones and iPads. Kids and Their Ease with Technology The challenge for parents is not in teaching kids how to use...

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Visiting the world one page at a time
Nov15

Visiting the world one page at a time

Students love learning about geography. When students are learning about exotic animals, tropical fruits, historical events, geography can be added to practically any curricular area. To meet the needs of teachers who want to add supplemental tools to their curriculum, Learning Infinity created the ebook Around the World in a Day. Bring Curricular Genres Together Around the World in a Day is an ebook that can be easily added to an...

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Touring history with iPads in the classroom
Nov14

Touring history with iPads in the classroom

Tweet Share When my principal visited my classroom last spring to ask if I wanted to have a set of iPads in my classroom, I had to say yes. I knew that technology was vital to the success of my students in the present and future; but as someone who had never held an iPad, I was a little scared of my quick answer. I knew they would be helpful for my 5th graders with math, science, and reading, but I had no idea how much fun it would be...

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Principals providing support with supplemental materials
Nov13

Principals providing support with supplemental materials

Tweet Share I love it when my principal surprises me with classroom materials. All too often, I have to buy anything extra that I feel I could use in my classroom, especially supplemental books. With the push for reading and writing, students need to have access to books that they can read on their own; so, I need to have a big collection of books. Most teachers buy those books themselves, so when a principal or school administrator...

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It all starts at home!
Nov13

It all starts at home!

Success at school begins in the home. Children who grow up in homes that are filled with language, good food, books, and art are usually very successful at home. A culturally rich environment gives children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. They learn the importance of reading, the joy of learning, and the value of appreciation. In today’s world, students also need to have early access to technology, so they can...

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A Day at the Zoo: Connecting to autistic children and kids with special needs
Nov11

A Day at the Zoo: Connecting to autistic children and kids with special needs

As a teacher who works with autistic children, I am always on the hunt for materials that will help me make connections and inspire them to learn in a comfortable setting. Over the years, I have noticed that students with autism tend to be more comfortable interacting with animals rather than people. While I was working on my master’s degree, I decided to put my observations to the test. Instead of crafting a master’s thesis, I...

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The benefits of reading to children from an early age
Nov11

The benefits of reading to children from an early age

Reading is the most important educational skill. While many educators and learning experts disagree with this statement, it is hard for them to argue. Reading really is the most important skill that a child can learn during the school-age years. Many educators are under the impression knowing how to do math is more important that being able to read. Without reading skills, people would not be able to read a math problem and learn...

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The Importance of iPad based Books for Speech Therapists (SLPs)
Nov08

The Importance of iPad based Books for Speech Therapists (SLPs)

Speech therapy is one of the most important programs in public schools today, but most people have absolutely no idea what happens when a child receives speech therapy. Since no one ever talks about what happens in a speech therapy office, those outside of the career have little to no idea how to give support to a child who receives speech therapy services. Tweet Share Children can begin receiving speech therapy services as early as...

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Be a great mystery reader
Nov08

Be a great mystery reader

I first became a Mystery Reader a few years back, prior to my increased understanding of what needs to go into my child’s education and learning experience in order to have a bright future. I would normally grab any book readily available and what I thought was suitable to the age group at the time. Once reading, I would proceed to read as quickly as I could so I could get back to something more important. After all, I paid my taxes...

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iPad Books for special education classes
Nov05

iPad Books for special education classes

Whether you teach a resource class, a pull-out special education class, or a regular education class with mainstreamed students, you know the importance of having a wide variety of supplementary materials, especially good books. Students who receive special education services often need different supplemental materials than students who are in regular education. Students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) need to have reading...

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