Brains Are Fun site for adults who want to help kids learn; Autism from the perspective of parents; technology tutorials and flash games for teachers and students; tracing letters and words activity generator; a 30 unit spelling curriculum ready to go!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
January 1, 2009
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.
Rory Donaldson’s philosophy of education is as follows: “Our children must master many skills, but always essential are the fundamentals: reading, writing, listening, speaking, information organization and math -- without these basic skills there is very little room at the table. Our children must also learn the three essential behaviors of success: how to start on time, stay on task, complete their assignments. Mastering these skills and behaviors, unifying parents and children, making the right choices, this is what Brainsarefun is all about.I will not ask you to sign up for anything. Everything on this site is free. You will never need to contact me or pay me a dime. I have put it all right here for the taking.”
I highly recommend taking the time to look at this site and picking up some ideas that might work with your teaching style and students.
Ariel's Homepage was created to share their story about autism and it's affect on their family. In it they share their experiences in parenting a special needs child. It is their hope that when parents of newly diagnosed children view their site they will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in dealing with this complex disorder. The site also provides support as well as informational links for those who are seeking information about autism.
Scott L. Waldman is a technology staff developer who has designed this site with the teacher in mind. Over a three year period he has gathered resources that would be useful in assisting technology classroom integration. Included is a list of tutorials he wrote for various software. Also included for either the teacher or student are numerous Flash games he has created himself. Games such as Waldman's Math Interactive or Waldman's Wacky Web Tales can be used by teachers as examples of what Macromedia Flash can do or by students looking to reinforce basic math skills.
Here's a neat teacher/parent utility created by a parent teaching his son how to write the alphabet in pre-school. The program generates big-lined tracing paper and will create whatever words or phrases you like. Students can trace the names of pets, family members, or cartoon characters.
Developed by Marie Rackham, a retired public school English teacher with over 34 years of experience, this free, 30 unit spelling curriculum for teachers includes: Weekly Work Plan, Pre-tests, Exercises, Dictation Sentences,Final Tests and Answer Key. Also includes a bonus unit on the RULES OF SPELLING! Perfect for Grades 6 and 7. Sponsored by Splashes From The River.
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