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Online Virtual Tours …A Wonderful Classroom Resource

Hello Everyone,

Our Unlock the Teacher LLC team has been very busy writing but we are always on the lookout for great educational resources to share.  Below is a list of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G online virtual tours that parent or teacher can utilize as a curriculum resource or for some learning fun!  Please check them out and let us know which tour your child(ren) or students liked best.  When we all come together and share best practices, it is our students, our future who benefit.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Denise

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Introduction | Math | Science | The Arts | Social Studies | Language Arts


Introduction

Need to spice up that old lesson?…..check out these great virtual field trips…


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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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Wire Sculpture Activity for Classroom and Home~Grades 4-12~Teachers Sharing Best Practices

Wire Flower for Wire Sculpture Activity

Activity/Lesson: Wire Sculpture Activity

Submitted by: Linda Irwin~ Middle School Social Studies Teacher

School:                St. Mary School, Royal Oak, Michigan

To get to know my students and to do a quick assessment of writing, I utilize this lesson on the first day of Religion class. (Note: This lesson could be utilized for any class.)

  1. I give each student a piece of floral wire. (NOTE: Wire ends can be sharp, so be careful.)
  2. I ask students to think about their lives.
  3. Using wire, students create a design that represents them and their lives.  (e.g. a musical note~if your musical, a tornado~if you feel at times your life is spinning too fast, a flower~if you feel you are growing and changing etc.)
  4. I remind students that there are no wrong designs, that we are all unique.
  5. Once students have created designs, they write/type a five-seven sentence summary, describing why this given design represents them.

I have found this lesson and the student-created designs insightful and have learned a lot about each student through this process.  This is a great lesson that builds self-awareness and trust.

                                                                                     ~Linda Irwin

Flower with Stem...

Wire Cat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wire Sun

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wire Lightening Bolt

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wire Polar Bear

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We want to thank Linda for sharing this great lesson that speaks to the multiple intelligences and allows students to be creative in writing their thoughts.
 
We love to share the good in education, so please send us any lessons you would like to share to teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com or denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
Denise
 
 

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“All Around our Town” to Launch the 1st of March in 2011 for Unlock the Teacher LLC Promoting Literacy Campaign

My community has many beautiful parks.

All proceeds from the eBook for  “All Around our Town”  will be donated to St. Mary’s School in Royal Oak, Michigan.  This school has a wonderful curriculum plan that incorporates art and reading across the curriculum.  The art teachers exhibits a passion for her craft and enjoys showcasing the many beautiful art projects created by her students. The 7th and 8th graders are so well read in this building, I enjoy stopping in to ask them what they are reading and why.  Unlock the Teacher LLC can not wait to see what wonderful ways this building will utilize our gift.

 

Given that the Common Core State Standards Initiative rolls out in 2012, if your district or school is in need of some curriculum assistance, please visit our website for more information.  We have a proven track record, a workable, teacher friendly model and positive references  from educators, administrators and district level personnel.  Teachers’ most important job is educating our future, our children.  One role we feel at Unlock the Teacher LLC is vital to our mission, is to be a resource for our fellow teachers.  We go in buildings, look at current curriculum, incorporate new CCSS through collaboration and facilitating workshops to allow the educational staff to focus on the learning process  in the classroom.  Many feel that educators should be able to teach eight hours, go home and grade papers for two-four more hours, write lesson plans and somehow find time for their families.  Then, on top of that, we expect them to stay motivated, current and differentiate to meet the needs of all learners.  We are blessed in this country that there are so many educators who are able to do all these tasks and make it work for all stake holders.  However, there are many studies that speak to the high “burn-out” rate for teachers.  Unlock the Teacher, LLC goal is to be a resource for many and an aid to allow educators to focus on what is most important, preparing our children for the future. Wow, I guess I had more in me today then I realized.  I will now jump off my soap box now and encourage everyone to seek knowledge in all things! ~Denise 🙂

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Great New Information to Utilize in Classroom from PBS for Educators

In social studies, check out the video on the Grand Canyon. Classified under resources for grades K-2 & 3-5. Learn that natural forces carved out the Grand Canyon over thousands of years. Observe the magnificence of the canyon with Wilson and Ditch as they gaze at it from the skywalk. Teachers can share video or save for a later time.

Middle School Social Studies Teachers…check out the State of the Union Lesson Plans @ http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stateoftheunion/ Educators can also video stream the “State of the Union” video as well.

Note: Whenever this site references educators/teachers, we mean you! We are all teachers and regardless if you have children or not, we are all responsible for our future, which is our children…it is a cyclical process!

If you have a great educational tip, please share. The goal is to spread the knowledge and prosper, not hold the knowledge so that others might fail.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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