Addressing learning difficulties; Teacher resource; All things Science; Games and writing skills help; Secondary level English lesson plans!
by Marjan Glavac
Regular contributor to the Gazette
September 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.
For one in five students, learning is an exhausting and frustrating struggle. The "Misunderstood Minds" website includes strategies for addressing various learning difficulties, tools for educators and parents, background on current issues surrounding the topic, resources to learn more, and information on the five children profiled in the documentary and their families. An interactive feature called "Firsthand" provides a glimpse of what it may be like to have learning problems, such as difficulties decoding the components of words, problems with memory, or with the recall of basic math facts.
TeacherVision is an online resource for K-12 educators. There are timely features for holidays and annual milestones, such as Back to School, Olympic Games and Black History Month. Resources include printables, lesson plans professional development resources and more.
Hypography Sci-Tech, is a large gateway to science and technology. Under the slogan "science for everyone", science articles are reviewed, science links, reviews, news, and quizzes are published every day. The science forums here are a major, independent place for discussing popular science on the web today.
Ace Writing is a site where students can learn how to improve their writing. There are lessons and activities designed for middle elementary and up, as well as links to on-line writing games, resources, and even places that will publish student work. Parents and teachers will also appreciate the links to standards for all states, rubrics, portfolio management, and tons of original lessons to help improve students' writing.
Ray Saitz, a teacher in Ontario, Canada, set out to produce an English and Library lesson plan website which would feature classroom tested lessons complete with the original student handouts. The site has now grown beyond just Ray's lessons and includes over 200 mostly secondary school English lesson plans contributed by teachers from all over the world. The lessons are arranged in the areas of literature, writing, poetry and library.
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