Archive for January, 2012

New TEKS for Social Studies

New TEKS for Social Studies The beginning of the 2011-2012 school year marks the official implementation year of the new Social Studies TEKS approved by the State Board of Education.  The Social Studies program consists of elementary, middle school an…

Science Notebooks

They were present when man discovered antibiotics, when the first light bulb was lit and have helped in the discovery of the structure of DNA. They have been to the moon, all continents and the bottom of the ocean. They allow us a glimpse of what sci…

English Language Arts – Strategies for Reading and Writing Notebooks

Some teachers call them journals; others call them daybooks. No matter what we call them, reading and writing notebooks are essential in the English language arts classroom. They not only provide a safe place for students to express themselves and expl…

Making Friends

It is that time of year again for Read Around the Planet student collaborations. If you haven’t had your students participate in events like this, you may want to visit their web site for additional information. http://projects.twice.cc/ What I f…

Technology – New TEKS for the 2012-2013 School Year

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It’s Math, Why Journal?

Communication is an essential part of mathematics and mathematics education. Mathematics is so often conveyed in symbols that oral and written communication about mathematical ideas is not always recognized as important.

Former trustee Bernice Hart dies

Former teacher, counselor and Austin school board president Bernice Hart died Monday morning of natural causes, her family said. She was 91.

“She will definitely be missed,” said her nephew, Otis McCullough. “She was dedicated to all children, regardless of race, color or creed.”

Hart grew up in East Austin and earned a bachelor’s degree in education at what’s now Huston-Tillotson University. She earned a master’s from the University of Texas, becoming one of the few female, black graduates at the time, her family said.

“One thing I remember is her strong conviction, her courage to stand up regardless of whether she was the only one standing,” said current Austin Trustee Cheryl Bradley, whose District 1 includes East Austin. “She stood for what was right. She definitely was a champion for children and children of East Austin. Sitting on District 1, I’ve had a long line of mentors and Bernice Hart would be one of them.”

Hart Elementary School in Northeast Austin was named in her honor in 1998.

She is pictured below surrounded by Hart students during Bernice Hart Day in 1999. The children are chanting school songs and forming hearts with their fingers.

Click here to sign the guest book for Bernice Hart.

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Photo by Larry Kolvoord

Former trustee Bernice Hart dies

Former teacher, counselor and Austin school board president Bernice Hart died Monday morning of natural causes, her family said. She was 91.

“She will definitely be missed,” said her nephew, Otis McCullough. “She was dedicated to all children, regardless of race, color or creed.”

Hart grew up in East Austin and earned a bachelor’s degree in education at what’s now Huston-Tillotson University. She earned a master’s from the University of Texas, becoming one of the few female, black graduates at the time, her family said.

“One thing I remember is her strong conviction, her courage to stand up regardless of whether she was the only one standing,” said current Austin Trustee Cheryl Bradley, whose District 1 includes East Austin. “She stood for what was right. She definitely was a champion for children and children of East Austin. Sitting on District 1, I’ve had a long line of mentors and Bernice Hart would be one of them.”

Hart Elementary School in Northeast Austin was named in her honor in 1998.

She is pictured below surrounded by Hart students during Bernice Hart Day in 1999. The children are chanting school songs and forming hearts with their fingers.

Click here to sign the guest book for Bernice Hart.

hart.JPG

Photo by Larry Kolvoord

Making Friends

It is that time of year again for Read Around the Planet student collaborations. If you haven’t had your students participate in events like this, you may want to visit their web site for additional information. http://projects.twice.cc/ What I find … Continue reading

iPads and iPod Touches in Primary Grades: Inspiration, Ideas, and Practical Applications

The writing of this article was prompted by numerous conversations concerning the use of iPad and iPod Touch (mobile learning device) technology in early child learning, primarily grades K-2.  I have been amazed by some of the transformative things ha…