Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hope you all have a joyous and healthy new year.
My vacation begins at 12:30 PM today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?

Contents of President Abraham Lincoln's pockets on the night of his assassination. 
Contents of Abraham Lincoln's Pockets on the Night of His Assassination on Exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibit. Library of Congress           Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Digital image. Library of Congress. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Dec. 2015.

A few years ago I took an excellent online class which was all about the Library of Congress and utilizing its primary sources. It was amazing to see how many resources had been digitized, (they are not done quite yet with all the items) and how they could be used in the classroom. 
Ask your students if they can explain the difference between primary and secondary resources, and you will probably find that they do not know the answer. 

A primary resource is the original document, including photos, newspapers, birth certificates

Secondary sources evaluate or discuss primary sources.
Here's a short video explaining primary and secondary resources:

This table shows you the differences side-by-side:

Here are some digital photographs and primary sources from the Library of Congress'
Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints Collection: 

Officers of General Grant's Staff,City
Point, Va. 
March 1865

Federal dead on the field of battle the first day 
Gettysburg, PA

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift for a Baby?

If you haven't already heard, I have been a songwriter since I was in high school. My CD for the nursery, "Welcome to the World" was written a while back, before technology took hold of me. I created the music to lull children to sleep, and it has gotten rave reviews. You can listen before you purchase on CD Baby,, or iTunes. (Just search "Julie Greller".)

Babies love it.
Parents love it.
You will love it too.

Loads of Resources and Lesson Plans for Speech Teachers

100 Best Websites for Speech Pathologists

Child Speech and Language- from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Crazy Speech World- blog written by speech-language pathologist Jenn; many great suggestions

Famous People Who Stutter- from the Stuttering Foundation

Information for Speech-Language Pathologists- from publications to connecting with your peers

Internet Resources for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students Who Stutter- last update was 2012, but this is a comprehensive list worth using

iPads in Speech-Language Therapy

A Special Page for Kids Who Stutter- resources for you to use with your students

Speech and Communication Disorders- from MedlinePlus

Speech Techie- blog written by  Sean J. Sweeney, CCC-SLP

Stuttering Foundation of America- resources for parents, teachers and students

Teacher Checklist: Fluency- for stuttering students

The Best Speech Therapy Activities and Ideas on the Planet- from specific disorders to seasonal

Examples of Materials Which Can Be adapted for Therapy- extensive listing covers interactive sites, handouts, templates and so much more!

Sample Lesson Template (Google Doc)

SLP Lesson Plan Freebies- Pinterest board

SMART Exchange- lessons to download using SMART Notebook Express

Speech Therapy Activities- free!

Speech Therapy Ideas- extensive listing divided into 9 categories

Speech Therapy Lesson Plans- from Speech Buddies

Speech Therapy Songs

Have You Heard of Crash Course Kids?

The ever-popular Crash Course also has a junior version called Crash Course Kids. There are science videos for elementary and middle school students which are presented in an easy to understand way. Take a look a the videos below to see if you would like to use them in your classroom.

By the way, the original Crash Course is not only available on YouTube, but they have partnered with The Khan Academy, with videos in math for K-8, and areas of test prep, economics, arts and humanities, and computing.

NOTE: It is important to preview Crash Course videos, (not necessary for Crash Course Kids) since there are some sarcastic comments which might not be acceptable in your classroom. You be the judge.


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