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Five Week Math Summer Syllabus for 7th Graders with Video Recommendations

Happy Thankful Thursday Everyone,

I am in the process of creating a summer syllabus for each discipline for the average 7th grader to use for review. All assignments are correlated to the Common Core State Standards or the State of Michigan GCLE’s.

Upon looking at the math curriculum expectations, below is a basic review of some of the essential concepts.

Week of July 15

 

Visit the following site and watch the video on how to convert between fractions and decimals:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/decimals/decimal_to_fraction/v/decimals-and-fractions

  • Rounding Worksheet
  • Fractions and Decimals Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the video, please provide a title for summary

Week of July 22

Visit the following site and watch the video on how to multiply decimals:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/decimals/multiplying_decimals/v/multiplying-decimals

  • Adding/Subtracting Integers Worksheet
  • Multiplying Decimals Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the video, please provide a title for summary

Week of July 29

Visit the following site and watch the videos on how to graph inequalities and order of operations:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/trigonometry/graphs/graphing_inequalities/v/graphing-inequalities

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/multiplication-division/order_of_operations/v/order-of-operations

  • Inequalities and their Graphs Worksheet
  • Order of Operations Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the videos, what did you learn? Please provide a title for summary

Week of August 5

Visit the following site and watch the videos on divisibility of factors and factorization:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/divisibility_tests/v/divisibility-tests-for-2–3–4–5–6–9–10

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/prime_factorization/v/prime-factorization

  • Divisibility and Factors Worksheet
  • Factors and Factorization  Worksheet
  • Provide a paragraph summary of the videos, what did you learn? Please provide a title for summary

Week of August 12

Visit the following site and watch the videos on Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple:

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/polynomials/multiplying_polynomials/v/monomial-greatest-common-factor

http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/factors-multiples/least_common_multiple/v/least-common-multiple

  • Greatest Common Factor Worksheet
  • Least Common Multiple Worksheet

Happy learning!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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An Unlock the Teacher Update…

As the holidays are upon us, we are working to finalize our proposal draft for book one in the Unlock the Teacher series.  We met tonight and reviewed some modified graphics…they look great!  We are so excited to share the product of so many months of hard work and collaboration. Dr. Lick, with his busy schedule at Beaumont Hospital, has been fabulous with time management and executing the tasks in record fashion.  We are thrilled with his contribution(s) to our book.  Dr. Letscher is knee-deep in grading term papers and is insightful and timely as well.  We are fortunate to be able to work with such amazing people dedicated to their craft and making a difference.

Trisha is doing great and loving her time with Chaston.  How she still finds time to write is amazing to us all. Sue has been working on graphics projects, commercials and still finds time to edit and manage all the many Unlock the Teacher sites and accounts…and I am happy writing away and being grateful to be surrounded with such amazingly bright people, who are honest and kind and care to make a difference in the classroom and in the world.

Stay tuned as I have three great Common Core State Standards blogs coming…I love all the feedback you provide, thank you!

Have a wonderful week.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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What are Educators and Principals saying about Denise Ball and Unlock the Teacher…

Unlock the Teacher LLC has just finished up working with a staff on curriculum alignment at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school in Beverly Hills, Michigan.  This has been a fifteen month process.  The  principal, Mr. Joseph Vincler and the entire educational staff made us feel so appreciated!  They came to each curriculum session with an abundance of positive energy and a desire to learn.  This staff took the time to look and analyze their current curriculum, learn the “Nuts and Bolts” of the Common Core State Standards (that we prepared for them) and collaborated within their professional learning communities in the building to make sure there were no gaps in their teaching practices in all disciplines.  It has truly been a pleasure!  I have no doubt, that they are among a small list of schools that have looked at  (in-depth) the CCSS documents and have incorporated the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math into their everyday teaching practices.

We look forward to continue to build a relationship with this school and coming back to work with this wonderful educational staff once the Social Studies and Science standards are released.

Here are a few comments they sent us from one of our first training sessions with them in 2010 as we began the curriculum alignment process.

What are educators saying about Denise Ball and Unlock the Teacher...

One of the many workshops we conducted as part of our Curriculum Alignment Package to this school over the 15 month time-frame.

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May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Unlock the Teacher LLC Would Like to Wish Everyone a Joy-Filled Holiday Weekend

Unlock the Teacher LLC Trademarked Logo

Given that we are less than a year old as a company, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  We are working with a handful of schools in the area of aligning the Common Core State Standards into school’s curriculum for K-8 and curriculum mapping.  Our ePublishing Workshops for students/teachers and adults has been quite successful and we are thrilled to have helped many students begin to build a college fund, and to assist many take their first step towards their dream of writing.

We are immensely thankful for the outpouring of support we have received via social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) from educators and writers from all over the world; your words of encouragement on a weekly basis, puts wind beneath our wings and allows us to sail further into our dreams…thank you is just not adequate to express our gratitude.  As we begin to send out our proposal for our 1st book in the Unlock the Teacher series to agents and publishers, it is your kind words that fuel our fire and helps remind us that we are on the right track.

We are thankful to Changez Salon for our relationship we have built-in representing them in the world of social media, website development and management and the lessons that we learn by watching them give back SO much to the community…from helping cancer patients through the loss of hair process, raising funds for various charities like Gilda’s Club and Breast Cancer Awareness, sponsoring the arts in the community via Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and their current promotion, “Hair that Cares” where they are collecting can foods for those in need this winter. They are definitely beacons of light to many!

To all the parents and teachers who have purchased our academic eBooks at Barnes and Noble.com, we thank you for ALL your support!

We believe that if we continue to try to make a difference, that we will be fruitful for our efforts.  Thank you for showing us that good does beget good!

Lastly, we are trying for 10,000 views of our blog before our one year anniversary as an educational company.  We are almost there, thank you for sharing what we do and helping us continue to go into schools, work with students, parents and teachers and for helping us continue to make a difference in the life of our children, our future!

Happy Thanksgiving!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher Team

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We Welcome a New Member to The Unlock the Teacher Family

Unlock the Teacher’s Chief Financial Officer, Trisha Vaughn had a beautiful baby boy this week! 

We are so thrilled for her and her family.  Colette now gets to be a big sister to Chaston, who no doubt will bring joy to entire the Vaughn household.

 

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S Vaughn Family…

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Book Proposal Getting Ready to Fly and Positive Comments from Focus Groups Leave us Hopeful for Book I in the Unlock the Teacher Series

Book Proposal Getting Ready to Fly and Positive Comments from Focus Groups Leave us Hopeful

for Book I in the Unlock the Teacher Series

It is an exciting time, as our first “traditional” book proposal will be sent out before the first of the year.  We have worked on this book for over a year and we have been writing and collaborating with Dr. David Lick, Director of Family Medicine Troy Beaumont and Dr. Joslen Letscher, Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.

We have conducted our third Needs Assessment with another group of parent and educational leaders.  Their feedback was amazing and we gleaned a lot from their input…it gave us much hope for this series of books.

Given the parent and educational leader’s input, we now have a clear direction of target audience. Comments for our book design has been quite positive and we listened to group one and two of our first Needs Assessments and feel we have created an educational tool that will be well received for parent and teacher.

Dr. Lick has offered amazing input throughout this process and I know parents and teachers are just going to appreciate and enjoy his comments in the “Dr. Corner”.

Stay tuned…I will blog here about the wonderful process of submitting book proposals traditionally, and all that this process entails.

However, while you wait, please check out any of our academic eBooks at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/denise-ball

A couple of our academic eBooks are donated to local schools and helping to promote literacy; all profits from these books go directly to the school.  Together we can make a difference!

May we all continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Professional Development for Teachers=Inspiration for Trainer

We Conducted a Workshop for Teachers Before Students Arrive Next Week...Inspiring!

We conducted our first professional development for the 2011/2012 school year.  We were honored to be asked back by a school we had worked with all last year, with one of our year-long curriculum alignment packages. They worked so hard to align their curriculum as a building. We visited their school three times last year to discuss the Common Core State Standards, met with teachers one-on-one to discuss individual classroom curriculum that we had been working on via email and conducted grade-level curriculum meetings to ensure that the entire building was on the same page.  As a curriculum developer, I was very impressed with their dedication to their profession and their work ethic to make sure that their building’s curriculum was appropriately scaffolded to maximize learning potential.

So it was with great joy we accepted their invite to come in and give a two and half hour motivational workshop…what a fun way to kick of the year for them and for us!

This dedicated staff allowed me to push them out of the box with some collaborative “hands-on” exercises and impromptu sharing. I think I enjoyed it as much as they said they did. I truly love to see teachers get excited about collaboration and willingness to learn from one another. It was a great way to start our year off at Unlock the Teacher too.  Sometimes we get so consumed by our writing and curriculum alignment projects, that  when we conduct our professional development and student workshops, we are reminded of why we are choosing to do what we do.

We look forward to meeting new teachers and principals this year.

We are excited to share that we are talking with app developers for some of our material and we will be sending off our proposal for Book I in our Unlock the Teacher series, that we are collaborating with Dr. David Lick, Director of Family Practice, Beaumont Hospital, and a Professor at Wayne State and Oakland University Beaumont Medical School, and Dr. Joslen Letscher, Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy.  We have an exciting year ahead and are thankful for all the community support we have received.

As last year, and in keeping with who we are, we will be looking for one or two schools to work with and donate our time and talent with writing and ePublishing workshops.  Please let us know if your school would like to be considered by emailing us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or by visiting us at our website and leave a comment at www.unlocktheteacher.com To contact me directly, email me at denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com

We wish all those who play a role in the life of a child to have a year full of many learning discoveries!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Unlock the Teacher Offering Free Anti-Bullying or ePublishing Student Workshop

“There is no work more important than preparing our students to compete and succeed in a global economy,

and it is to the credit of these states that this work is getting down.”

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

Unlock the Teacher is offering an unprecedented preview workshop in August and September of 2011 to present the CCSS alignment process for ELA
and Mathematics. This one-hour presentation will explain the process and the benefits of the Alignment Program that Unlock the Teacher has
created.

During this professional development overview, we will:

  • Give a “Basic” overview of CCSS with a breakdown of each of our
    workshops
  • Show how we will collaborate with all educators throughout the
    year via email
  • Explain the Unlock the Teacher team-based method of alignment
  • Demonstrate the needs and benefits of alignment
  • Preview your current curriculum alignment package

Since Unlock the Teacher is constantly striving to share the knowledge, this CCSS Preview Workshop is being offered at minimal cost. Visit
our website and book before September 1st and receive a special bonus. We will give you a FREE educational training session for your students in either
ePublishing or Anti-Bullying. www.unlocktheteacher.com

We are a  company that was founded to help teachers do what they do best teach! Our unique method allows educators to focus on teaching while our team works with aligning and customizing teacher and building curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. I am a certified educator with over seventeen years in education. I have a BS and MA in Curriculum and Instruction and have worked with many schools on curriculum alignment, get ready for state accreditation and develop funds via grant writing workshops.

Unlock the Teacher this past school year created many student workshops that were very popular with both students and educational staff. Please visit our website for more information and testimonials.

Workshops Synopsis of Unlock the Teacher Workshops (c)2011

Teachers and Educational Staff

Common Core State Standards Workshops:

Cornerstone for Successful Implementation –District Leaders,Principals

Cornerstone for Successful Implementation – Building Leaders

Common Core State Standards “Nuts & Bolts”

Curriculum Alignment Part I

~Collaboration is Key!

Curriculum Alignment Part II

~Presentation and Mini-Group Workshop

How to Utilize ePublishing in the Classroom~ Writing Workshop for Grades 1-12 (Given for Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12)

ePublishing as an Educational Revenue Resource Workshop

Student

Teen ePublishing Workshop

Anti-Bullying “Words Hurt” Workshop Session I (Grades K-3)

Anti-Bullying “You Can Make a Difference” Workshop Session II (Grades 4-6)

Anti-Bullying “Words, Action, Character” Workshop Session III Grades 7 & 8

Anti-Bullying “Getting the Big Picture” Workshop Session IV (Grades 9-12)

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We Found a Great Blog for all Things Curriculum by Carolyn Starkey ~”The Common Core Daily”

As a teacher and now component of Unlock the Teacher, I read, write and work with schools on curriculum and curriculum alignment projects.  I was taught early on in my career and I also believe, that if a school  has a good curriculum base (a living curriculum), then  the sky is the limit for teachers in the classroom.  Once a curriculum cornerstone is in place, the framework is there and this makes scaffolding curriculum to meet the needs of all learners in a building so much easier.

  • Teachers can collaborate more efficiently, knowing what grade level expectations are.
  • Lessons can be more enhanced, working within guidelines vs. shooting from the hip or from the dark.
  • Teachers then do not have to feel they need to teach by the text but utilize textbooks as they are meant to be…tools to enhance the learning process.

Don’t get me wrong, textbooks are an essential component of the learning process.  Good textbooks, written to speak to multiple learning styles, can change the way a student feels about any given subject. However, textbooks are but one piece of the learning puzzle.

That is why, when I stumble upon a good book or curriculum materials from authors like: Solution Tree, Elaine McEwan, Thomas Lickona (Educating for Character~ I highly recommend), Rachel Kessler (The Soul of Education) and Maxine Greene (Releasing the Imagination), I love to share it.  The collaborative process is one of my favorite aspects about teaching and working within schools.

Given all this, I wanted to share with all of our readers, a blog I find a wonderful tool for all things curriculum: The Common Core Daily by Carolyn Starkey.

Carolyn’s blog is a great resource for teachers, administrators, curriculum publishing companies and any parent who enjoys reading about curriculum being taught in schools across the United States. She highlights all views on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and shares great tips she finds online. It has become one of my favorite blogs to read and I highly recommend it. 🙂  It is also a great resource for meeting and adding those who work within the world of education to your Professional Learning Network (PLN).

Let me know your thoughts…

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Unlock the Teacher has Regained Control Over our unlocktheteacher.wordpress Blog

Wow, what a long week of trying to figure out why someone would manipulate our system, to take over our blog.  However, once we figured out the who…all it took was effort.

We want to thank Google Security and the WordPress team for working so diligently on our behalf and in such a professional manner.

We realize that our logo has been modified as well as many lost articles.  We will get our blog back into shape and appreciate your patience.

Give us a few days to repair and we have some exciting articles to share with you on utilizing Google in education and some great educational conferences coming!

For all of the well wishes this past week, knowing that someone had hacked our blog, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our goal is to be a beacon of light and to help make a difference for children, parents and teachers.

Have a super weekend…we will be getting our tools ready to repair our blog 🙂

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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