Lately, I have been seeing pins on Pinterest with a similar format.

I love them so much that I have been pinning them to my Differentiation Pinterest Board to read later. I finally had an opportunity to check out the website that they were all coming from and I had to share it with you!

 

Understand.org is a website designed for parents of children with learning and/or attention difficulties.

While the website targets parents, there are plenty of resources for teachers and specialists.  The professional jargon is minimal and information is concise.  While we are all able to access the technical language associated with pedagogy and therapy, we would all rather read a simply worded summary.

If you are a Literacy Coach, Numeracy Coach, Special Education Teacher or other specialist, you will find the parent toolkit helpful for activities that can be used in PD programs. There are several games that parents/ teachers/ family members can play to experience what it can be like to have various learning difficulties.

I can see this website becoming a go-to site for material to share with my colleagues at school.  As well as characteristics of learning difficulties, this website has information about the social and emotional side of learning difficulties.  There are also recommendations for parents about communicating with their school and accessing assistive technology for their child.

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Free Math Worksheets at DadsWorksheets.com

This Dad deserves Father of the Year!  There are loads of great resources here and every single thing you click on is absolutely FREE!  I always find something useful when I visit Dad’s Worksheets.  There are some great drill and practice worksheets, printable reference charts, maths activities and strategies for consolidating maths concepts.  Dad started this as a free service (he was making them anyway, right?) and has continued to provide all his resources free of charge!

Here’s how it happened.

A great Dad with two daughters, starts creating worksheets for them to use when practicing addition facts at home. Knowing that good old fashioned practice is the best way to master number facts, this Dad was determined to make life in the maths classroom as easy as possible for his daughters.  When he realised that he had created more than a thousand worksheets he decided to upload them to a website.  The rest is history.  More than 7 000 worksheets later, Dad continues to upload FREE, printable resources to anyone with internet access.  He also blogs regularly with tips and tricks for learning basic facts including rhymes and stories.  As his daughters have grown, the website has too.  Dad continues to help out, by creating more worksheets and practice tasks for more areas and maths concepts including: place value, problem solving, fact families, geometry, exponents, order of operations, fractions, unit conversions, telling time, investment, data analysis, averages, money and more.

I hope you check out “Dad” and find something useful.  He is certainly worthy of your time and repeated visits! 

In my humble opinion: Dad is also worth sharing with any teacher or parent that you know.  Get tweeting, Pinning, G+1ing, Posting, Pressing, emailing and using every other type of social media you have at your disposal to get the word out.  Dad deserves it!

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FYI: “Dad” mentioned on this site is not at all related to me, even though there are times when I say, “I can’t get by without my Dad’s Worksheets”.  I have not been paid for this recommendation, I am simply sharing a great resource with my great readers.  All opinions here, are my own.

Back to School & Zero to Hero Update

The end of holidays is upon us and we are all heading back to school next week!  Most teachers have already been to school for at least two days.  These Pupil Free Days are used for continuing professional development, setting up classrooms, curriculum planning (long term planning of assessment and learning experiences), organisation of resources and preparation for the first weeks of school.  It is a very busy time.  Parents are probably on the countdown as they prepare to send the kids back to school too.  New uniforms have been purchased, school shoes have been fitted, stationery packs have been assembled, books have been covered and belongings have been named.  If a parent has one child to prepare for Back to School it is a big job and there is much to be done.  If a parent has a few or several children to prepare for Back to School the job becomes even greater.

My sister has 7 children – 6 of them are returning to school this year.  The youngest is toddling and looking forward to waving goodbye to her big brothers and sister so she can have Mum all to herself next week.  Sis covered 87 books on Thursday.  School supplies were dropped off at school yesterday and the children met their teachers.  It was exciting and a little bit stressful at the same time.

I am exhausted for the busy week at school that has just ended.  There weren’t even any students to teach!! I did spend some time “teaching” the teachers about adjustments for accommodating learning difficulties in the classroom.  I much prefer to teach children!  I also met my new teaching partner – I seem to get a new one every year – and caught up with colleagues.  The toughest job this year was setting up the classroom.  Furniture had to be moved and there was quite a bit of decluttering happening.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to finish the ‘clean up’ to my satisfaction.  I am going to allocate one hour per week (probably one afternoon a week) to a clean up task.  When it comes to organising the classroom, I usually turn to the Clutter Free Classroom for tips and tricks.  Jodi from CFC has a blog and a TPT store and offers some great products for teachers trying to take control of the seemingly endless ‘stuff’ that sometimes overtakes our classrooms.  If you are feeling overwhelmed with the stuff that needs to be organised in your classroom (or even your home) you should check out these links!

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Clutter Free Classroom Links

Blog

Teachers Pay Teachers Store

Pinterest

You Tube Channel

 

 

zero blog hero  ZERO TO HERO UPDATE

I am still working my way through the Zero to Hero Blog Challenge.  Don’t judge me!  Today, I thought that I might tick the Day 6 challenge off the list properly.  I did start looking at it, but didn’t actually follow through completely.  The assignment was to add a new-to-you element.  That means I needed to try adding something to my post that I hadn’t used before.  For some people this could be as simple as adding an image or adding text (photo bloggers sometimes just post images with captions).  I am fairly adventurous and happy to try new things with my blog depending on what I think is necessary to share the message or resource with my readers.  However, I have been meaning to add a poll to a post here and there and every time I go to do it, I decide I haven’t got the time to work with a new and complicated element.  Today I am determined to get through it.  Check out the poll below and click the answer that best suits your situation for Back to School 2014.

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BACK TO SCHOOL POLL

By the way: I had already set up a Polldaddy account (which I forgot I had done) so creating the poll was super easy!  I can’t believe I waited so long to add a poll to a post.  That’s that then.  Day 6 is done!

Time to go sort through my posters and work out which ones I need for the first day.  Then I suppose I should finish my lesson planning.

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