Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What Teachers Wish You Knew -- Part 2

Class by Cheri Weaver and Kedra Patterson, continued

A Family Tradition of Learning - From the Beginning
*Asking Questions
*Hobbies/ Interests/ Travel/ Museums
*& Much More
*Hands On!

Great Place of Learning (See Below for details)
Portland Classical Chinese Garden
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Japanese Garden
Pittock Mansion
Portland Art Museum
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Public Library
Beverly Cleary Walking Self-Guided Tour
Home Depot – Kids’ Workshops
Lowe’s – Build & Grow
Used Book Stores


Developmentally Appropriate?
Are my expectations out of line?

Together, Together, Together…and Nearby

(Accumulate Loving Moments)

A Family Tradition of Responsibility – Expectations and Example and Work
*Doing things for Oneself – Be A Self-Manager
*Cleaning Up
*Taking Turns
*Respectful Talk
*Not Everything is Fun – Sometimes Just Do It
*Different Points of View
*Do What’s Expected/Required – And Then Some
*Missing School – Parent as the Truant Officer

Developmentally Appropriate?
Are my expectations out of line?

The Power of Example

It Takes Time
(Over and over and over again!)

Why Homework?
*Balance and the Overachieving Parent
*Penmanship, Reading, Writing, Math Facts, High Frequency Spelling

The Setting/ The Routine - Consistency
*A Place to Study
*Equipment on Hand
*Regular Starting Time (Don’t Wait Till It’s Late)

Clearing the Backpack Debris - Consistency
*Backpack Checks
*Storing and Transporting Papers

Avoiding the “Nothing”
What did you do in school today? Some Hints

Braving the Battlefield - Consistency
*Classroom Visits/ Volunteer
*Check the Desk
*Ask Questions

Calendaring/ Chunking - Consistency

The Drill Sergeant Routine - Consistency
*Homework Schedule Check – Daily
*Get To It
*Walk Throughs – Casual Checks While Child Works
*Look Overs – Checking Finished Results
*Walking the Balance Beam – Accountability vs. The Take Over
*Nightly Drill – Loading Up for the Next Day

Reduce the Blood Pressure
*Talk to the Teacher
*Maintaining Sanity – Network and Support
*Teacher’s Websites – Get Homework and Scores

How Does Your Child Learn?
Different Learning Styles/Modalities

Parent/ Teacher Communication

Do Ask Questions
Go Directly to the Source – The Teacher First

Best Times to Chat
*Avoid the Minutes Before Class Starts and Ends
*E-mail vs. Phone vs. Face to Face

Get the Home Phone Number
If the teacher offers, use it – but judiciously.

How To Win Friends and Influence Teachers
*Get to Know the Teacher”
”What can we do to help?”
*School Put-Downs in front of Child – Bite Your Tongue!

My Child Wouldn’t Do That!
Famous Last Words…
*Listen vs. Attack
*Check the facts.

Behavior/ Homework Check Cards
(If Needed)
*Simple Will Get Results

Yahoo! Celebrate the Forward Steps


*Sometimes the Celebration Is Postponed –
Results Observed Quietly Years Later

*Hang In There –
Time and Energy Can Make a Sweet Reward

Examples of Helpful Websites

Think Math Facts, Spelling, Handwriting, Reading, Writing
http://www.aplusmath.com/ - designed to help children with math. Includes games,
worksheets, flashcards and homework help.
http://www.aaaknow.com/grade.htm - explanation/short lesson with practice on the
computer (instant check)
http://www.starfall.com/ - letter and phonics practice for emerging readers
http://www.mathnerds.com/ - online math tutors
http://kids.magpogames.com/ - write your own poetry using computer "magnetic"
word tiles
http://www.factmonster.com - facts about a huge variety of things and flashcard
practice, as well
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/WordSearchSetupForm.html - have fun
making a variety of word puzzles
http://www.kidsclick.org/ - a kid friendly, kid safe search engine

Spelling Words
http://www.suu.edu/faculty/lundd/ReadingSite/readingresources/SittonList.htm - high frequency written words by grade level

http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/rah-treasury-intro.html - annotated bibliography of the best read alouds by age level

Science Project Ideas
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/ - free source for project ideas

Great Places of Learning

Portland Classical Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Portland OR 97209
503-228-8131 Nov 1 - Mar 31 : 10 am - 5 pm
Apr 1 - Oct 31 : 9 am - 6 pm 2 Adults & 2 Children (18 or younger)

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
SE 28 Avenue (one block north of Woodstock) Portland, OR 97202
503-771-8386 Park open Dawn to Dusk all year Family of 4

Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Ave (Washington Park) Portland OR 97205 503-223-1321 Oct 1 - Mar 31 : 10 am - 4 pm (Mon : 12 noon - 4 pm)
Apr 1 - Sep 30 : 10 am - 7 pm (Mon : 12 noon - 7 pm) 2 Adults & Children age 17 and under

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Dr. Portland OR 97210 503-823-3624 Feb 1 - June 30: Noon-4pm daily July 1-Aug 31: 10am-4pm daily Sept 1-Dec 31: 11am-4pm daily
closed all of January closed some major holidays 2 Adults and 2 Children

Portland Art Museum
Pass available at Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Sandy & West Linn Public Libraries only
1219 SW Park Ave. Portland OR 97205
503-226-2811 Tue, Wed, Sat : 10 am - 5 pm
Thu, Fri : 10 am - 8 pm
Sun : 12 noon - 5 pm
closed some major holidays 2 adults. Children (17 or younger) are admitted for free to the Portland Art Museum.

Portland Children's Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road (next to zoo) Portland OR 97221
503-223-6500 Tues-Sun: 9am - 5pm
Mon: Closed 3 individuals (1 Adult & 2 Children OR 2 Adults & 1 Child). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Home Depot: Kids Workshops
Free Workshops
1st Saturday of the Month
Ages 5 to 12
Check On Line

Lowe’s Build & Grow
Free Workshops
Saturdays (Usually twice a month) – 10:00 a.m.
Free Apron, Goggles, Project, Certificate
Check On Line

Great Used Bookstore
Wallace Books
7241 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

Beverly Cleary Self-Guided Walking Tour – NE Portland
Walk the streets of Ramona, discover Beverly Cleary’s old home, and visit the
Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden in Grant Park containing statues of Cleary’s
beloved characters. (See Handout)

Multnomah County Central Library – Downtown Portland
Beautiful 1913 building with 17 miles of books! Discover the TREE in the
Children’s Library. Kids’ tours available.
801 S.W. 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

Ways to Help Your Child with Reading at Home
By Regie Routman (Language Arts Resource Teacher)

Setting the Atmosphere
*Find a quiet, comfortable place to read.
*Have child see you as a reading model.
*Read aloud to your child. Reread favorite stories.
*Read with your child.
*Discuss the stories you read together.
*Recognize the value of silent reading.
*Keep reading time enjoyable and relaxed.

Responding to Errors in Reading
Things to Say Before “Sound It Out”

*Give child wait time of 5 to 10 seconds.
*See what child attempts to do to self-help.

What would make sense there?”
“Use the picture to help you figure out what it could be.”
“Go back to the beginning and try that again.”
“Skip over it and read to the end of the sentence (or paragraph). Now what do you think it is?”
“Put in a word that would make sense there.”
“You read that word before on another page. See if you can find it.”
“Look at how that word begins. Start it out and keep reading.”

*Tell your child the word

Focus On What Child Does Well and Attempts to Do
Good for you. I like the way you tried to work that out.”
“That was a good try. Yes, that word would make sense there.”
“I like the way you looked at the picture to help yourself.”
“I like the way you went back to the beginning of the sentence and tried that again. That’s what good readers do.”
“You are becoming a good reader. I’m proud of you.”