Thursday, January 22, 2009

Physical Education in Schools ... the WHY

Spark Flyer
This book was highly recommended by many people at the Brain Expo ... it deals with the importance of physical activity and the brain.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Brain Expo Update

I just returned from the Brain Expo in California, and it was simply amazing! It yielded me an, "I told you so!" from my mom. Not too long ago, she called to tell me about a brain special she was watching on television. She wanted me to tune in ... but of course, I was too busy!

Well, long story short, Dr. Daniel Amen was a keynote speaker at the Expo. He also did an all-day preconference session and a luncheon session. Yes, this is THE Dr. Daniel Amen from the PBS channel my mother watched ... and she was right ... I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him at the Expo and can't wait to read more!

His book, Magnificent Mind at Any Age, includes the following:
  • SEVEN Principles to change your brain and your life
  • The ONE question you should ask yourself everyday if you really want to be successful in life
  • Tips on how to be happier, more focused, less anxious and less depressed by balancing three important brain systems
  • TWELVE brain-healthy foods everyone should include in their diet
  • Things you can do NOW to prevent Alzheimer's disease

If you're interested in reading more about Dr. Amen's work, his website is:

Six Traits of Writing Handout

Six Traits of Writing Handout

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

An Attempt to Organize

    My job is to make your job easier. Blogs are an easy way to post information, but they're not always easy to navigate.

    Previous postings from this site are organized there.

Arrays in Math - Are You Teaching It Correctly?

This array represents 7 x 6 = 42
It's SEVEN rows of SIX columns.

I checked with a Math Facilitator at D.E.S.E. over Christmas Break, and she said to teach it this way too.

5 x 4 = 20 would be FIVE rows of FOUR columns.
4 x 5 = 20 would be FOUR rows of FIVE columns.

Consider asking your students to form arrays when seated on the carpet. You could ask for six rows of four columns (if you have 24 students) which would represent 6 x 4 = 24.

If your numbers won't divide evenly ... consider teaching remainders.

Reading Mini-Lesson (Guess the Covered Word, Nonfiction Figurative Language)

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by cheryl_dick

Students respond to the question (from the M.A.P. Interpretations Standards) at the end of the lesson.

More Guess the Covered Word Lessons and Directions at this link:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

NEW Brain-Based PD Opportunity Coming Soon (One Hour Lindenwood Credit)

I am very excited to attend the Brain Expo next week and complete the final requirements for certification under Eric Jensen.

Some of the sessions I plan to attend will be presented by Spencer Kagan, Rich Allen, Willy Wood and Eric Jensen (of course) ... others too ...

If there is enough interest, I would love to schedule a Saturday Professional Development in early March. In the past, these have been well-attended with anywhere from 50-100 Nixa teachers in attendance. Information presented will be from the 2009 Brain Expo.

I'll keep you posted.

M.A.P. Testing Resources by Grade Level (CA and Math)

The links are always posted to the right of this blog for easy retrieval.

3rd Grade:

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

January TOSA Newsletter

TOSA Tribune January 09