Friday, January 31, 2014

Understanding Generation Y

Personally, I am having a hard time understanding many of the things this generation does, especially when it comes to communication. I enjoy speaking face-to-face with someone, not hiding behind text messages and emails. I am well aware that there is always a time and place for emails and texts, just as long as it is not done in excess. Generation Y kids seem to be so attached to their phones; just try and take it away from them. They want you to believe that they can multi-task efficiently while texting on their phone. I don't think so. In my search to better understand my students, I located this list online of Gen Y characteristics:
Personally, I think all generations of kids are influenced by peers, so number 4 is a moot point. I'm sure Gen Y kids are easily bored because they grew up in a digital world filled with instant gratification, from fast food to Internet searches. (When I think about searching through the card catalog drawer, while someone waited for me to finish so they could use it...)   One characteristic of today's Gen Y that I admire is the fact that they are more accepting of their gay peers. (See number 7)  When I was growing up, most gay people were still afraid to "come out of the closet" .   Times sure have changed; number 7 is definitely for the better.
So as I continued my search to understand my students, I came across many interesting articles. Crystal  Kadakia's article, "Escape the Digital Coma: Who Are You When You Close the Laptop?"  talks about today's millennials (AKA The Me Generation) and has some great advice for them. Here are some quotes: "We fill the silence with virtual chatter."  "The ability to switch on and off is becoming the new silver bullet, the strength of the future."   Read the full article here.  Here is her video from TED X Talks:

So, if you are interested in some resources about our Gen Y kids, try these below:

4 Warning Signs You Don't Understand Generation Y

Are Millennials Really the Me Generation?- from USA Today

Gen X is From Mars, Gen Y is From Venus: A Primer on How to Motivate a Millennial- Forbes article 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About Edmodo But Were Afraid to Ask: 23 Resources With Loads of Information

If you aren't already using Edmodo in your classroom, you should seriously consider using it. With a close resemblance to the Facebook interface, (and a secure online community) students will enjoy using Edmodo. Whether you are a beginner or someone trying to get used to the regular changes and updates, this list should have something you can use. I have added this list under the Web 2.0 Tools A-H.

7 Brilliant Ways to Use Edmodo That Will Blow.Your. Mind.- from Edmodo's site

7 Steps on How to Use the New Edmodo- videos were posted in July 2013

10 Reasons Why Edmodo is an Excellent (and Hugely Popular) Digital Learning Platform

15 Things You Can Do With Edmodo and How to Get Started- from Richard Byrne's Free Technology For Teachers

Android App for Edmodo

Class Charts is Now Available as a Free Edmodo App- chart behavior and classroom seating in this app

Edmodo Cheat Sheet- PDF file from 2010

Edmodo Digital Citizenship Poster- available in English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Portugese and Spanish; different sizes and color or black and white

Edmodo: Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom- Livebinder

Edmodo in the Classroom

Edmodo Free Training Videos

Edmodo Infographic

Edmodo Support Page- ask a question and hopefully you will find the answer here; official Edmodo site

The Edmodo Teacher Guide- very complete 50-page PDF file

Edmodo's Official Blog- get the latest news and updates

Everything Edmodo: Symbaloo Page- links other programs and sites with Edmodo

Getting to Know Edmodo- scavenger hunt

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know About Edmodo

iPhone App for Edmodo

My Flipped Math class and Edmodo

Now You Can Add Educlipper to Edmodo- Educlipper is the educator's Pinterest

Share ThingLink Images in Edmodo- interactive imags

Why You Should Give Edmodo a Try

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 2nd is Groundhog Day: Hundreds of Things to Do

We all know that the Super Bowl is this Sunday, but it also Groundhog Day. This post is probably just for K-6 teachers and will be added to the holiday collection of resources here. I will be adding to that mega list whenever a holiday pops up on the calendar. How's the weather where you are? In New Jersey, we are experiencing the coldest temps in twenty plus years. That's why I am sure that the groundhog will see his shadow and retreat, giving us a longer winter. Here's a list of cool lessons and activities for Groundhog Day.

Crafts, Worksheets and Printable Books- from Enchanted Learning

DLTK's Crafts for Kids- lots of handouts for younger kids

Groundhog Day Activities- Pinterest board has a lot to choose from, including handouts, worksheets, posters, games, crafts

Groundhog Day Activities and Games- from Apples4theTeacher; nice listing

Groundhog Day Activities, Lesson Plans, Activities and Teaching Resources- from a to Z Teacher Stuff

Groundhog Day for the Classroom- NEA has a long list containing lesson plans, games, activities, resources

Groundhog Day Lesson Plans and Resources- from Edutopia

Groundhog Day Teacher Resources- TeacherVision's site has videos, printables, quizzes Yes, there is a site just about Groundhog Day! The activities here are for elementary school teachers, and include a groundhog newsletter and club.

ReadWriteThink- great lesson for grades K-6; includes links to other related sites and lessons for specific grades

The Teachers Corner- lots here: worksheets, resources, activities

Will He See His Shadow? Groundhog Day Activities- from Scholastic

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Birds and the Bees: 53 Sites If You Teach Sex Education

Yesterday, my colleague and friend Alex stopped by my office to ask  if  I could post a load of resources for sex education class. I immediately checked my blog to see if I had already done this, (I just can't remember everything, you know...) and after doing a search, noticed the need for these resources. This list will also be added to the PE and Health tab at the top of the page. If you are ever looking for any resources in particular, feel free to comment at the end of the post. I would be more than happy to post them for you.

Hawaii AIDS Education and Training Center- lessons in PDF format, from puberty to menstruation

HIV and AIDS Lessons and Activity Plans-

Lesson Plans for Grades 4,5,6- PDF and PowerPoint downloads from the Seattle and King County Public Health

Lesson Plans for Grades 7,8- PDF and PowerPoint downloads from the Seattle and King County Public Health

Lesson Plans for Grades 9-12- PDF and PowerPoint downloads from the Seattle and King County Public Health

Lesson Plans for Special Education- PDF and PowerPoint downloads from the Seattle and King County Public Health

Sex Education Articles, Worksheets and Lessons- from TeacherVision

Sex Education Teacher Resources- over 200 lessons

SexEd Library-over 100 lessons covering many topics

Sexual Pressures- lesson plan from Discovery Education

Sexuality and Responsibility- 10 lesson plans for each grade 6, 7, 8

Teaching Sexual Health- Canadian site has lessons in both English and French; covers grades 4-12


Adolescents and Abortion

The Lesson Corner- list of lessons on abortion

The Lesson Planet- lesson plans and worksheets

Revisiting Roe v. Wade- NY Times lesson plan


AIDS: Who's at Risk?- from Discovery Education; grades 9-12

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

HIV and AIDS Lessons and Activities

HIV/AIDS- several lesson plans on HIV/AIDS (and related areas) from the NY Times

HIV/AIDS Awareness Printables, Lessons and Resources- from TeacherVision

HIV/AIDS/STIs- lesson plans for ages 12-18

Reproductive Anatomy- lesson plan from Planned Parenthood includes worksheets, activities and games

STIs and HIV- lesson plan for grade 9 from Needham, MA Public Schools

Conception Lesson Plans and Worksheets- from Lesson Planet

From Conception to Birth: Teacher's Guide- from Discovery Education; subscription necessary to view the videos; grades 9-12

Reproductive Anatomy, Conception, Pregnancy and Birth- grade 9 lesson from Needham, MA Public Schools

Contraception Lesson Plan- from Canadian site TeachingHealth; very complete, including handouts

Reasons and Methods for Preventing Pregnancy- grade 9 lesson from Needham, MA Public Schools; contains glossary and printable worksheet

Studying Contraception- lesson 1; for grade 8; from Canadian site TeachingHealth

Studying Contraception- lesson 2; for grade 8; from Canadian site TeachingHealth

Human Sexuality
The Circles of Human Sexuality- teacher's resource included (PDF)

Human Sexuality Lesson Plans - from Lesson Planet; also has worksheets and presentations

PBS Teachers- lessons on abstinence, smart choices about sex, and STDs

Sexual Pressures- grades 6-8 lesson from Discovery Education

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
Anti-Homophobic Bullying Lessons- from

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Network- assorted lessons

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network- LGBT-Inclusive Lessons

Not in Our Town- lessons about sexual identity and gender

Safe Schools Coalition- lessons for K-12

Teaching and Learning About Gay History and Issues- from NY Times; long list of lessons and resources here

Teaching Tolerance- Southern Poverty Law Center's site; lessons for grades 3-12

Reproductive Systems
Female Reproductive System- from InnerBody; interactive diagrams

Kids' Health- all about the female reproductive system

The Lesson Corner- all grades covered on this very long list

The Male Reproductive System- from HotChalk; grades 6-8

Reproductive Anatomy- lesson plan from Planned Parenthood includes worksheets, activities and games

Reproductive System from the Body Human Series- if you are a Discovery Education subscriber, this lesson goes with the video; includes worksheets, quiz, vocabulary sheet

Teen Pregnancy
Do I or Don't I?- a lesson in making healthy sexual choices; has various scenarios and a pre-test

Pregnancy Prevention- NY Times lesson for grades 9-12

Sex and Teen Pregnancy- lesson plan list from the NY Times

Teen Pregnancy Lesson Plans- from the Lesson Corner

Teen Pregnancy Lesson- from Discovery Education; grades 6-8

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