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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Student Workshop Responses Have Been Great…Thank You!

Response to our Common Core State Standards Workshops has Been Amazingly Successful…Thank You!

Unlock the Teacher workshop pictures in schools for the 2010/2011 School Year

Although we worked in schools this past school year 2010/2011 to help align building curriculum to the Common Core State Standards , since we posted our workshops to prepare our calendar for next school year, the response has been amazing!  We are thrilled with the response and inquiring emails are great…we are happy to answer any questions and we work with all schools to include but not limited to public, private and charter.

On this blog alone, we are averaging 40-100 views a day for our workshops and our subscriptions for our blog have doubled.

As we continue to prepare for next year’s schedule, we are also finishing up a few academic eBooks.

We are also finishing up a year’s worth of research, needs assessments and writing…many months of collaborating with  Dr. David Lick, Associate Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Dr. Joslen Letscher, Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.  We are hoping to send proposals to publishers for this project in September.

Outside of our Common Core State Standards Workshops another hot topic of inquiry from our readers is our Anti-Bullying Workshops.  Brief examples of these workshops will be posted soon.

The positive responses from educators has been so rewarding, as they are my colleagues. To have such great emails commenting that you like what we are trying to do is very humbling and synergistic.

We appreciate all the emails, comments and questions.  We are also trying to write grants now to be able to provide workshops for those schools who have asked but cannot afford it for their staff or students.

Thank you!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the Unlock the Teacher Team

For further information on our student or teacher workshops, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com

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Zondervan…A Great Educational Site for all Stakeholders in the Life of a Child

As educators we are always looking for good material and strategies to share that will help our parents (the first responders) and teachers be more effective in the life of a child.  Each child is special and unique, so we try to find educational tools to address all learning styles.

This morning, I stumbled upon a site/company that I had forgotten about.  I utilized some of Zondervan‘s products in the classroom many moons ago and somehow I forgot how positive some of their products were for students of all ages.

Zondervan has company values that promote positive character development…refreshing! At Unlock the teacher, we are all about promoting the good…good in ourselves and others; we love this list of values that Zondervan promotes.

OUR VALUES

Integrity — We maintain high ethical and moral standards in speech and in personal and professional conduct.

Initiative — We are willing and empowered to proactively contribute to the success of the company, its customers, and other employees.

Excellence — We give our personal best.

Innovation — We seek out new possibilities in every area and embrace ground-breaking change that adds value.

Respect — We have as much consideration for the personal and professional worth and dignity of others as we do for ourselves.

Accountability — We are responsible for our own actions and answerable to others.

At a time where children, parents and teachers are all trying to find words of inspiration, I am thrilled to offer our readers a look at Zondervan.  If you are like me and new them in the early 90’s, I encourage all stakeholders in the life of a child to take a moment and revisit this company. Zondervan offers book for all ages…us adults too 🙂

My Recommendations

Little People age 6 and under

Cecil the Lost Sheep  good message and sure to engage the young learner/emerging reader

Teens

All books by C.S. Lewis…my students loved his work!

Starlighter by Bryan Davis

Girls~ The Katy Lambright Series

Parents

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (I read this and loved it, life changing and quite inspiring!)

Teachers

I just recommend you visit site and explore!  Zonderkids~Inspiring Young Lives

I am a firm believer that as educators we need to speak the language of the 21st century in order to be effective in our craft.  This is a great site to explore eBooks (you know we are huge fans of eBooks here at Unlock the Teacher) and educational apps.  Hope you visit this positive company’s site and comment on what you think of recommendation(s).

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

PS Thank you for such a positive response to our curriculum workshops…over 400 views in three days!

 

 

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“Reading with Max”…A Great Reminder that we all Have Gifts and Talents to Share

We love to support local businesses and schools that promote the good in education.  Reading with Max  has been featured on our blog before, but we want to share with you a wonderful event being planned to promote reading this summer:

Read With Max Reading and Fundraising Event Set for August 10th, 2011

Max is an award winning children book author who is dedicated to helping children manage similar experiences in their lives. Maximus, a.k.a “Max,” is an
English Labrador who shares stories about his real life experiences from his point of view so children can relate too. You can purchase Max’s newest books,
music, ask him questions, enter his contests, ask him for his paw-o-graph, shop, or share your own adventures at his website www.readwithmax.com

Max has teamed up with sharing knowledge about LeaderDogs for the Blind.  We applaud his efforts to utilize his gifts and talents for the betterment of many.  This is a wonderful example for our children, our future.  Together we can make a difference if we ALL choose to utilize our unique gifts and talents for the good of us all.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

http://readwithmax.blogspot.com/

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Workshop with Teens Produces a Great Insight into What They are Reading This Summer…Grisham, Patterson, Zusak, Riordan and Horowitz Were the Top Author Contenders

I met with a group of teens a few weeks back and asked them if they would like to share with all of our readers, the books they are currently reading and will read this summer.  The following is a list of books they provided.  I enjoyed teaching middle school and it is always refreshing to meet with young people and actually l-i-s-t-e-n to what they have to say or share.  This group of teens were articulate about their futures, the future of our country and the role they see themselves in helping make our world better.

So this is a shout out to that group of young people (that worked with Mrs. Ball ;-)), with whom I have no doubt will be amazing leaders of tomorrow. Acte non verbe!

Workshop Reveals What Teens are Reading

"Wolf Brother" by Michelle Paver was one of the group's favorites!

Grisham and Patterson were hot favorites for girls and boys.

"The Book Thief" by Zusak is an amazing read...highly recommend for literature teachers everywhere! Denise 😉

The whole team at Unlock the Teacher LLC is looking forward to an exciting teaching year with schools around the United States (and possibly abroad)…stay tuned as we will continually share what our children, our future is reading.  What we allow into our minds plays an important role of what and who we become, regardless of age!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 😉

 

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First Graders’ Second eBook “Katie’s Horse Adventure” is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com~All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Elementary School

"Katie's Horse Adventure" an eBook Written by Kids for Kids

First Graders’ Second eBook Katie’s Horse Adventure is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com Thank you to everyone who has supported the Katie’s Farm Adventures series.  All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katies-horse-adventure-olqm-1st-grade-class/1104176954?ean=2940013605886&itm=1&usri=katie%2bs%2bhorse%2badventure

We have been busy working on additional eBooks to donating to elementary schools for the 2011/2012 school year…stay tuned!

If your school would like to have Unlock the Teacher LLC come in and facilitate one of our writing workshop for a class or series of grades, we would be happy to come and share this wonderful writing process that gets children so excited about writing and reading their own work.

Recommendations are available upon request.

I wish everyone a fabulous summer filled with many learning moments~

Denise 😉

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A Participant from One of Our ePublishing Workshops is Publishing Her First eBook at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

Melanie Osborn participated in one of our “ePublishing Workshops” this past month, and we are so thrilled for her that she has collated some of her inspiring poetry and is publishing it at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

"Weekly Inspirational Thoughts" by Melanie Osborn

We find her work to be moving and inspiring. Unlock the Teacher LLC team has no doubt that she will take her writing to amazing levels and we feel honored that she wanted to share her success with us.

Please visit her blog at www.melanieosbornwriter.wordpress.com and on Twitter: @me_writes

Please help us welcome her to the world of writing…

We love to promote the good and her message is nothing but good.

We wish her many blessings and may we follow her example and continue to try to maximize our potential,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Great Educational Blogs Stumbled Upon via Twitter

Collaboration is the key to success in education!

Given that I am a staunch believer in knowledge is meant to be shared and not hoarded, I thought our readers might like to read and learn from the following blogs.  Throughout these blogs, one can learn new and free technologies to utilize in the classroom, educational tips and ways to meet educators around the world…collaboration at its best!

Enjoy and please share your favorite educational blog 😉

Great educational blogs I have stumbled upon via Twitter this past week:

Tech Rev   ~Ideas and Discussions about Educational Technology in General and Judaic Studies

Top Ten Free Educational Technology Applications I Learned (More) About at #ISTE11

Paper.li ~An online newspaper full of educational information and various educational blogs

EducationRethink~ Vintage ISTE Tweets

FLYPAPER ~Ideas that stick from Fordham‘s Education Gadfly team

Education Week ~ A variety of  articles on education

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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We Have Found an Amazing 7 Year-Old Writer and Her Mom Writes Too…Check out Her Blog

In one of our Writing Workshops in May, I was thrilled to spend time with Amy Foret.  She is a young mom who is a wife and a mother of two. Her articulate and well-read daughter is 7 and she has an amazing son who is 5.

Her daughter started reading when she was only 3 1/2, and has been writing stories since she started kindergarten. Now she is in second grade. She reads about a book a night, and writes at least one short story a week.

Please check out and welcome these new writers to WordPress and the writing arena.

For all of our readers who love to get great ideas on books to utilize in classroom or read to your child, we highly recommend Amy’s blog MY Garden Patch of Books.

Please check it our and share your thoughts here on your great reading finds 🙂

I am on my way to VA to meet with Trisha and conduct some Unlock the Teacher LLC “How to ePublish” Workshops…

Stay tuned as the next Katie’s Adventure eBook is almost ready to hit Barnes and Noble.com.  The OLQM first graders who wrote and illustrated the book did an amazing job!

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  ~Ray LeBlond

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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Unlock the Teacher LLC in Schools This School Year Conducting Workshops for Students of All Ages

Unlock the Teacher LLC "Teen ePublishing Workshop"

Teen ePublishing Workshop

Christopher Paolini, Author of the popular “Eragon” series, published his first eBook at the age of 14. Could you be the next teen author? Get inspired during this ePublishing workshop for teens. Learn how to turn your original works into an academic portfolio and begin to create a cornerstone for college via ePublishing!

Seminar runs 90 minutes and can be scheduled for up to 100 students.  Please contact us for scheduling a customized workshop to meet your needs.

 

 

 

 

Writing Workshop to Create an eBook

Students from 1st grade through twelfth grade find this workshop fun and beneficial!  We take students through the writing process accompanied with our unique twist.  Once students have outline in place, students discuss, collaborate and sketch illustrations for the work created. After these steps are complete, we demonstrate and facilitate the editing and publishing piece of the workshop until students are able to view a finished product. Regardless of age, it never ceases to amaze me just how excited students get to know that they are now “published” authors.

1st Grade "Writing and ePublishing" Workshop

* This is one of my favorite workshops to conduct :-)…large or small groups work fine. We customize workshops to meet the needs of school.

We have also conducted Anti-Bullying Workshop and additional workshops are being created as we receive requests.

If your school or school near you would like to see kids get excited about writing…visit our website at www.unlocktheteacher.com to schedule a workshop for next year!

Have a super weekend!

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Unlock the Teacher LLC to Collaborate with Dr. David Lick from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

I had a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S meeting today with Dr. David Lick, from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Director of Family Practice. He is collaborating on our new series of academic books for parents and children. He loved the vision for the series and the direction we would like to go.

We discussed great ways to give back to our community for a truly positive synergistic effect. This will be an incredible and rewarding collaboration!These books will be a great resource for Headstart and Title I programs and we hope to offer them in different languages.

Dr. Lick also asked if he could utilize our already published academic eBooks in his Beaumont office(s) and a clinic they support in the city.  This is a wonderful example of what we can accomplish when we come together for no other purpose than the greater good for our children, our future!

Stay tuned as we start to reveal bits and pieces of this wonderful project…

Our series will be written by Denise Ball and Trisha Vaughn. Collaborators include  Dr. Joslen Letscher, Ph.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy and Dr. David Lick, Director Family Practice, Beaumont Hospital. Design provided by Sue Atwell and some adaptations by Katie Hall, art student in Orlando, Florida.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

King Solomon

I feel blessed indeed to be supported by and collaborate with such amazing individuals who are willing to share their time and talent for our children!

Denise 🙂

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