Technology in the Classroom: Silent Light App Review

The classroom management app Silent Light uses lights as an indication of whether you class is on- or off-task.

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Vocabulary Activities that Get Kids to Love New Words

Getting kids to learn new words is arguably the most important task teachers have. Indeed, people with larger vocabularies are better at getting their point across, and are more largely understood.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox looks at some ways teachers can encourage kids to learn how to love new vocabulary words.

Janelle’s activities include:

  • Create a word wall
  • Play word games
  • Word of the day
  • And more!

Overall, by getting kids to learn new vocabulary words, you’ll be enabling them to become better students overall, not just in English. And the words they learn now will empower them for college and career readiness!

How do you get students to love learning new words? Do you have any tips, tricks, or fun activities that you do in your classroom?

Bring Play into the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards have been tagged as being complicated, overly dogmatic, and inconsequential, among other things. The Common Core State Standards have never, to our knowledge, been lumped in with anything “fun.”

But today on, regular writer Janelle Cox asserts that despite the Standards’ stodgy reputation, elements of “play” can still make their way into a Common Core State Standards-based classroom.

Some ideas:

  • Create Learning Stations
  • Have a Fun Friday
  • Create Choice Boards