We have used Saxon Math grades 4 on since the founding of our school. It was a few years later that we switched to all Saxon. While I am less than enthralled with the Grade 3 Saxon math, I do like Grade 4 — we use 54. As I recall the switch from ABeka grade 3 to Saxon in grade 4 (using 54) was relatively smooth. I wonder who has exp…[Read more]
Choral directors spend a lot of time looking for music for their choirs. What songs (new or old) can you recommend to other directors? Song titles and links for purchasing sheet music would be great.
I wish I had introduced this practice years ago: Having students (secondary, in this case) present a significant research report in oral, recorded form proved to be a valuable assignment. In this case, I had them find more than one biography on the same person, read them both for perspective; then produce a twenty minute recorded presentation.…[Read more]
I was just going to post a question very similar to Byron! I guess I will just join this discussion instead. I am also looking for a program that will be able to electronically track books that students are borrowing. We currently have our collection of 2000+ books on an excel spreadsheet for staff reference but not available to students. We use a…[Read more]
I have watched several Diane Craft videos and have applied some of her methods (as needed) in my teaching but have not worked with her actual materials. It could make sense that the methods would work for Downs children. I am a big proponent of using clues (mnemonics) both visual and audio to help things stick in a child’s mind. I would echo…[Read more]
We started with a database on Works and have never changed it, though I wish it would be an Excel spreadsheet instead.
We include the following fields: date book is check out*, date book is due*, who checked it out*, book title, book author, book category (age level, nonfiction, biography, etc.), shelving code, price of book, year the book was…[Read more]
Yep, eBay is where it’s at. You’ll need time, patience, and a pretty specific idea what you’re looking for, but you can save a lot of money this way. If you’re buying a large number of computers it might even be worth it to pay a knowledgeable person for their time to track down what you need.
I’ve never done this myself, but I know you can get…[Read more]
I’ve actually been thinking about this reading business and making plans for next school year. My current notion is to assemble a nice shelf-full of nonfiction and set aside the first 20 min. of my 9th and 10th grade US history class on Mondays for reading. At the end of the 20 min. each student will fill out a simple form, writing how many pages…[Read more]
Another idea for inspiring lifelong reading…
Probably every community has a half dozen or more adults who enjoy reading, find time to read, and would be happy to share some readings with students. As you make your schedule this summer, book one of them to visit your class monthly and bring along two of their favorite current “reads.” Give them a…[Read more]
This thread is over a year old, but I just noticed it again.
From what I’ve heard, the best place to look may be eBay. That will necessitate some savvy on the part of your IT person. You’ll need to know the kind of specifications your use calls for, and be able to do some basic troubleshooting. But since many manufacturers use parts of similar…[Read more]
I have used Teacher’s Timesaver for two years and highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t have online access or doesn’t like subscriptions. It costs $50 for a lifetime license. It is a slightly dated piece of software and I found the schedule printing function rather cumbersome. Anthony Burkholder ([email protected]) is the contact…[Read more]
I know they haven’t switched 6th or 7th to the saxon math. I think the only reason they are still keeping it is because most of their 8th graders are going to use the curriculum in high school. For my personal view I believe that for some students it is a benefit and for others not. This generalizes to all spiral vs mastery curriculums.
Lucas Hilty replied to the topic A superior alternative to Wikipedia? Can it really be? in the forum General Discussion 2 weeks ago
Peter, this is great to know about. We subscribe to the Encyclopedia Britannica for schools, since it has certain advantages over Wikipedia. But the Oxford Research Encyclopedia looks like a fascinating option to explore.
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