Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tomorrow We Appreciate Teacher Heroes with a Sale!

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources.

It’s snowing out where I am at right now.  My Facebook page is full of school closings, but it is also full of my teacher friends talking about the work they will be doing today.  Planning lessons ahead, getting caught up on grading, writing out IEP notes, cutting out lamination!  Seriously, the teachers I know (myself included) so rarely take days off that they must be superheros!  Luckily, Teachers Pay Teachers has recognized this fact and so the entire site will be 10% off tomorrow just by using the coupon code HEROES.  (If you received my TPT Note to Followers, please make sure you have the coupon code as I accidently entered the wrong code and can’t get back in to correct it!) 

Of course the majority of Teachers Pay Teachers sellers are using this opportunity to give teachers additional savings.  My Teachers Pay Teachers store will be on sale an additional 20% giving you a full 28% off of anything purchased from our catalog of 587 quality teaching resources, including these newly released items:

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources, including this NonFiction Book Study.

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources including this Interactive Math Notebook Lesson on Using a Ruler.

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources including this Interactive Math Notebook Lesson on Using a Hundreds Chart.

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources including this bundle of 6 Time Machine PowerPoints for just $10.

Teachers are Heroes Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers means 28% off of a HUGE selection of quality teaching resources from Raki's Rad Resources including math vocabulary bundle.

 

Enjoy the sale!  (And the snow days if you’re getting them!)

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Monday, February 23, 2015

Using DuoLingo in the Classroom

There are so many benefits to teaching our students a second language.  As they learn a second language, not only are they stimulating new parts of their brain, but they are also building new background knowledge and making connections to vocabulary they already know.  For example, while learning the word for ice in French (glacier), students should make the connection to the English word glacier.  This connection helps them to remember the word longer and be able to retrieve the word quicker – in both languages.

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

While we as teachers often understand the growth our students can make by learning a second language, we don’t generally have any control over their access to said language classes.  However, there is a way to use technology to give this possibility to our students.  It’s called DuoLingo and it’s the perfect place to start learning another language.  The program has an app (both for iPad and Android) and a website that provides amazing help with learning a language.  Because DuoLingo can be used on computer, iPad or Android tablet, it is a perfect app for any classroom because it allows us to do more with the technology we have, rather than requiring the purchase of new technology, which is a personal pet peeve of mine – see my post on why we don’t always need to buy new technology for the classroom.

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

The DuoLingo program includes all of the elements of learning a language – reading, writing, listening and speaking.  (Unless you are working on a Kindle with no microphone where the speaking part is automatically turned off.)  Unlike other language programs, if you have previous experience with this language, you can take a screening test and move quickly through the more basic levels, which means you start exactly where you’re supposed to. 

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

The courses are broken into small sections, each of which includes you listening to, reading, writing and speaking your target language.  Once you have reached mastery of a specific set of skills, you are automatically moved on to the next.  In addition to the activities, within each small section you will find a written “lecture” that explains the topic to you in English, with written examples.  Each “lesson” within DuoLingo takes about 20 minutes, and does not necessarily have to be done every day (although no less than twice a week would be suggested, so students don’t forget what they have learned).  This could easily be fit into your literacy centers, be morning work or become a part of any checklist.  (See my post on using checklists instead of centers.)

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

You can choose to have all of your students learn the same language, or let each student choose a language based on their background and interest.  With 18 different languages including Spanish, French, Russian, Italian and Vietnamese, there really is something for everyone on this site.  In addition, this program would be great for English Language Learners.  Instead of learning another language, students can log-in in their home language and practice their English vocabulary and grammar.

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

 My sons in grades 2 and 5 use this program to enhance their French vocabulary and grammar and love the interactive pieces that allow them to “power up” as they get correct answers.  I personally use it to review the grammar rules I have forgotten from in class lessons and I find it much easier than many other programs I have used.  Oh, and the best part – this is a FREE program and they even recently added a place where you can sign up as a teacher and monitor the progress of your students!  No money needed to try this out in your classroom and start helping students make connections in new parts of their brain!

How to easily let your students learn another language during literacy centers.  Ideas on how to use DuoLingo with elementary aged students in this blog post from Raki's Rad Resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources