Speech, science & technology, wildlife and ESL – and MORE!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
August 1, 2008
Each month Marjan Glavac, professional speaker, teacher and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom", presents The Busy Educator's Monthly Five -- five websites for educators that are easy to read, simple to use and worthwhile to know.
Here’s a great place for all school-based speech-language pathologists and teachers (regular and special education) to exchange tips, techniques, and materials that improve communication skills in students. Features include interactive message boards on a wide variety of topics, such as: THIS WORKS FOR ME! (read and post great ideas, lesson plans, motivators, and more), HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (post favorite books, materials, software, websites, and conferences, etc, or ask about materials before you buy), TECH TIPS (tips for successful computing and use of assistive technology), HELP LINE (seek and give advice on sticky problems),HOT TOPICS (sound off on a different issue each month), MATERIALS EXCHANGE (download all kinds of great teacher/ therapist-made materials for your class or caseload), and SHARE A SMILE (anecdotes that remind us why we do what we do) and more.
FT Science and Technology Exploring is a creative award winning site that explores energy and basic science principles in nature and human technology. The articles are carefully researched, accurate, easy to understand, and in addition to providing good basic explanations, the creative thought provoking approach helps to generate an interest in science and technology.
There are sections on: photosynthesis and energy in nature; Super bugs which uses simple geometry and physics to reveal the truth about the so-called super feats of ants and fleas Know-it-all tortoise; Dr. Galapagos provides careful, humorous, and insightful answers to science questions, pages on whales and dolphins; a section on the taxonomy of cetaceans used by educators to introduce taxonomy to biology students and some very unique pages providing a unique perspective of engineering and technology.
Carl Rungius, one of America's finest wildlife artists, was fascinated with composition throughout his career. What can we learn from him about the art of composition? Introduce yourself to the animated principles of art, then create your own composition online and submit it to the Critique Gallery for review!
This site includes over a thousand links to education homepages and individual online lessons, all categorized for easy access. Student topics include listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, writing, grammar, civics, and TOEFL/GED/SAT/Citizenship test preparation; teachers will find lesson prep, methods/materials, units, and main education/ESL resources. The reference desk includes links to other resources of interest to immigrants and teachers.
The National Geographic for Kids web site supports and extends the classroom magazine for children in grades 3-6. The site allows children to further explore topics and themes found in the magazine in a fun, safe, online environment. Visitors will find a host of interactive fun, facts and features such as engaging articles, quiz games, silly science movies, online adventures and scavenger hunts, contests, e-postcards, and more. The site also includes resources for educators, including a downloadable version of the teachers guide and web links for each feature article.
Marjan Glavac (BA, BEd, MA) is a professional speaker, teacher and author. He is a full time classroom teacher with 25 years teaching experience. He has taught and continues to teach students from the inner city, students with emotional/behavioral disorders, ESL, and IEP students. He is an international speaker and workshop presenter.
Marjan is the author of 3 books: The Busy Educator’s Guide To The World Wide Web 1st Edition, and 2nd Edition, and How To Make A Difference: Inspiring Students To Do Their Best, the creator of one of the Internet’s longest running free teacher monthly newsletters: The Busy Educator’s Newsletter (1998) and co-author of "How To Thrive And Survive In Your Classroom".
Since 1993, Marjan has been involved in dozens of telecommunications projects involving students from K-University on every continent of the world. His K-8 students have also participated in e-mail, travel buddy, research projects and polishing mirrors for the NASA Starshine project. He and his classes have been filmed by TVO and Global's Kids-TV; featured in all local media - newspapers, TV, radio, as well as nationally in Reader's Digest, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Today's Parent, Home and Educational Computing and internationally on WGN and NPR radio, websites and dozens of student newspapers worldwide.
Marjan is currently a gr.6 home room teacher at Wilfrid Jury Public School in London, Ontario, Canada where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information about Marjan Glavac, his books, keynotes, training and seminars, visit him at his site at http://www.thebusyeducator.com