This month Marjan’s list of sites helps teachers: raise awareness of blindness and Braille, teach literature, work against bullying, and tells us about a rubric-developing site, then tops off the list with info about Artyfactory, a free online workshop for artists of any age.
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
July 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 about.
This site was created to teach sighted children about Braille, and to encourage literacy among all children--sighted and visually impaired. It gives sighted children a chance to learn about the Braille code and how classmates who are blind or visually impaired learn to read and do math.
The Braille Bug reinforces the idea that visually impaired children are more like sighted children than different--they share the same interests, play the same games, read the same books, study the same subjects--which can only help foster a better understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.
The DON’T LAUGH AT ME materials include a curriculum guide, evaluations, CD and video, for both schools and summer camps. The school program consists of two separate curricula; one developed for grades (2-5) and the second developed for grades (6-8). I saw the book and video during a 3 day TRIBES workshop. A great resource for teaching respect and anti-bullying.
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch. It’s very easy to use, intuitive and in no time at all you’ll have a rubric that you can use immediately in the class. Templates are available for the following topics: oral projects, math, multimedia, research and writing, products, art, reading, work skills, science and music.
Artyfactory is a free online workshop for artists of any age. It is a growing resource of ideas and techniques designed to improve artistic skills. The workshops are carefully designed to meet classroom needs. The practical side of each workshop is enhanced with appropriate background knowledge of its theme. Each workshop has an interactive quiz or games associated with its theme. All that’s needed to take part are a few basic materials and the will to have a go.
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