Kathie Nunley's Educator's Newsletter
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Dr Kathie Nunley's Educator's Newsletter
---September 2012--- 15 years of publication with over 17,000 subscribers
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--------SECTION ONE: TEACHING TIPS
chapter before class discussion: Day of discussion, divide students into
teams of 3 or 4. I write up about 50 questions. Ask team a question and
they have 15 seconds to discuss and come up with an answer for a point
of extra credit. If they don't the question goes to another team. You can
have them write the answer so they can't hear other team discussion. I
also allow the team with correct answer to ball up the correct response
and toss into garbage can 20 feet away. No name, workshop participant,
TEACHER TIP # 2: Have a "special chair" in the classroom - like an
executive office chair on wheels. The chair gets used for special day
students - birthday, highest grade on test, biggest improvement of ponts
on units, etc.
Send your favorite teaching tip to me at Kathie@brains.org
------SECTION TWO: HOT TOPICS in Neuro & Educational Psychology-----
HOT TOPIC # 1:Children who have been through trauma have more
trouble negotiating relationships in classrooms and within their peer
groups. Trauma in childhood leads to more severe interpersonal struggles
as adults. Moreso than people traumatized as adults.
Marylene Cloitre, PhD, National Center for PTSD, Menlo Park, CA.
"Trauma Recovery: The Art and Science of Treating the Whole Person".
Invited Address, Aug 4, 2012. APA National Conference, Orlando, FL.
HOT TOPIC #2: Mind wandering is a significant factor affecting reading
comprehension. Researchers have studied influences on this relationship.
Individual differences in mind wandering can be attributed to working
memory capacity, interest in the topic, motivation to do well on the task
and experience with the topic.
Unsworth, N. & McMillan, B. (2012), "Mind Wandering and Reading
Comprehension: Examining the Roles of Working Memory Capacity, Interest,
Motivation, and Topic Experience," Journal of Experimental Psychology:
Learning, Memory and Cognition. Aug 20, preview, nps.
More Hot Topics at the website: http://brains.org and at :
---SECTION THREE: WEBSITE UPDATES
New Layered Curriculum® Units posted:
Brian Caughie sent several new Layered Curriculum® units for Spanish 3 & 5.
Lori Slifka sent a new 6th grade Earth Science Layered Curriculum® unit.
Elizabeth Garcia sent a new middle school units for Hatchet w/ TEKS objectives.
Patricia Arredondo sent a Layered Curriculum® unit for Geometry and Spatial Reasoning.
Sample Layered Curriculum® units at: http://Help4Teachers.com/
Layered Curriculum® text & workbook always available at a direct , discounted
price at our online bookshop: http://brains.org/store/
------SECTION FOUR: KATHIE'S EMAIL
Here are several Spanish 3 unit sheets for the Exprésate 3 textbook. I have
used Layered Curriculum for the past three years (prior to becoming assistant
principal). It has absolutely revolutionized my teaching. I’m so grateful that I
came across your books. I’ve been working hard to encourage other teachers
to read about Layered Curriculum and implement it in their classrooms.
I’m hoping to write my doctoral dissertation on Layered Curriculum. I have
about a year to go before I start writing.
Thanks again for all of this wonderful work. It has made a huge difference for
me and my students.
Brian D. Caughie
House Principal, Class of 2014, Central Bucks High School-West
Thanks so much for sharing the units. They are now posted and I look forward
to hearing more from you as you start your doctoral work. Let me know if I can
help and good luck!! -Kathie
------SECTION FIVE: WORKSHOPS / SCHEDULE / MISC CHAT------
Happy New Year!! Most of us in North America are celebrating a new
school year. I hope you are returning full of energy and ideas. It's always
an exciting time of the year for teachers, students and parents.
I want to thank the teachers in Millersburg, Ohio for another great day. I look
forward to seeing what you do with Layered Curriculum®. Please share
any units you design. Thanks also to the teachers at Bay City Academy in
Bay City Michigan. Bay City Academy is a charter school founded on Choice
Theory ideas - so a perfect fit for Layered Curriculum®.
I'm back in New Hampshire for the month of September and hope to get
some new projects started and a few others finished. I'll be back out on the
road in October. If you need a Layered Curriculum® workshop offered at
your location this school year, just let me know. I have several spring 2013
openings and one more opening for fall 2012.
As always, my best to you and yours,
Dr Kathie F Nunley
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