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“I am grateful for women everywhere.” – Doc Meek

Today I am full of gratitude for women and mothers and grandmothers everywhere. They make the world work. I am also grateful for Janelle Cox, Elementary Education Guide, for her back-to-school guest newsletter below. 

- Doc Meek, Mon, Aug 26, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

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It’s back to school time! This week learn the 10 most popular back-to-school books, along with the 10 most popular back-to-school resources. Plus: bulletin board ideas! Want more from K6educators? “Like” me on Facebook and Twitter, and check out my boards onPinterest.
10 Popular Back-to-School Books 

Help ease those first day jitters by reading students a few back-to-school books. Here I have selected the top 10 books to read to students during the first few weeks… Read more
Top 10 Most Popular Back-to-School Resources 

Browse our top 10 most popular Back-to-School resources. Here you will learn how to write a student welcome letter, conduct the first day of school, create procedures and routines that… Read more
Creative Bulletin Board Ideas 

Bulletin boards are a fun, attractive way to educate or display students work. Whether your creating a seasonal board, teaching board or birthday board, it’s a fun way to… Read more
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“Learning Personality Tests are Important.” – Pat Wyman

Today I am full of gratitude for the differences in student personality.  - Doc Meek, Sat, Aug 17, 2013, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

There are 8 learning personality types. Find out which ones your kids are and coach them toward greater school success.

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“Parents, teachers and tutors worldwide are raving about our award-winning Playbook for Learning.” – Jen Lilienstein

This is our guest HowToLearn.com Newsletter from Pat Wyman. Thank you, Pat!

Today: Why Learning Personality Tests are Important
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Dear Doc,
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Our Learning Personality expert and author, Jennifer Lilienstein, tells why learning personality tests are important in her most recent article.
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In high school and adulthood, we often look to personality tests for information about who we are or to discover why a loved one or colleague acts a certain way, but there are many reasons why learning personality tests are important in elementary school.
Susan Cain’s book Quiet highlighted just how important the introvert-extrovert dichotomy is, but there are many other personality type facets that are equally important.
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1. Administering learning personality tests at the beginning of the school year can help teachers create richer, stronger relationships more quickly with students because they have a greater insight into who the child is and what interests him most.
And as Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, Czikszentmihalyi, Renzulli, Gardner, all the way through brain-based educators like Sousa and Willis have been saying for decades, affective education–or education that creates an emotional response in learners–is the most effective education.
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2. It may not always be obvious to a teacher which children would score as introverts or extroverts on learning personality tests. Knowing this can help a teacher identify which kids naturally think out loud versus the kids that prefer to reflect first before contributing to a discussion.  One of the things I come across most often in my interactions with both parents and teachers is a misunderstanding of what an introvert truly is.
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Parents will say things like “my child is extroverted–she just takes some time to warm up” or teachers will report, “that child is clearly an extrovert–he is by no means a loner at recess or during lunch.” The difference between extrovert and introvert is much more in line with how kids recharge their batteries. Does he draw his energy from groups of people or alone time? If he is the former, he is an extrovert, while if he is the latter, he is an introvert.
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3. Knowing whether your child scores as a judger (slow-and-steady wins the race personality type) or perceiver (energized by deadlines personality type) on learning personality tests can help you play to their strengths from both organizational and time management perspectives and turn homework headaches into study success.
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At a high level, judgers perform better with outboxes and day timers, while perceivers do best with inboxes and at-a-glance calendars. But the differences go even deeper than this and have been studied by social scientists for decades.
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4. Getting a sense of how your class as a whole prefers to learn can help teachers plan or seek out curriculum that will engage and motivate their current class mix. It’s easy–and free–to administer learning personality tests for your whole class in the computer lab in under 30 minutes by using a tool like Kidzmet’s preference profile.
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While there are a variety of ways to stretch students beyond their comfort levels, most of these techniques are based upon meeting learners where they are academically. Using temperament to differentiate instruction can take these insights a step further and provide you with a framework for curriculum upon which you can design more engaging lesson plans… read more here…
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“Cooperative and Active Learning.” – Rob Plevin

 HARMIN, Merrill (1995), Inspiring Active Learning 
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Today I am full of  gratitude for the high impact that cooperative and active learning have for students. I am also grateful for my cyber colleague, Rob Plevin, and my dear friend Merrill Harmin, who encourage all students to be more active in their own learning processes and in overcoming their own learning difficulties.  - Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA, Fri, Aug 16, 2013 

P.S. Nice to get your great newsletter below, Rob!

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Today I am full of gratitude  just to be alive. :o – Doc Meek, Thursday, August 1, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA. P.S. And I am grateful for Rob Plevin and his good work with classroom teachers in Great Britain and the world over (see his email to me below). – Doc 

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“Careers in Education.” – Melissa Kelly

 

Today I am grateful for Melissa Kelly, your Guide to Secondary Education, who sends me such useful newsletters, which I am happy to pass on to my readers. – Doc Meek, Monday, July 15, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

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“I am grateful for the USA.” – Doc Meek

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INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE USA, JULY 4, 2013

To All Our Friends and Family Far & Near,

Both of us (Doc & Jeannette Meek) are dual Citizens of Canada and the United States of America.
We are citizens of Canada by birth and citizens of the USA by naturalization.

We celebrated Canada on Canada Day, Monday, July 1, 2013.

Today, Thurs, July 4, 2013, we are celebrating our second home in the USA.

We are proud to be dual citizens, and love both Canada and the USA, and the

citizens of Canada and the USA.

Loving Kindness, Collins (Doc) and Jeannette Meek

Today we are grateful for the United States of America, both its current citizens and those who went before us to make today possible.  - Doc & Jeannette Meek, Thursday, July 4, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA, and South Jordan, Utah, USA.

P.S. We have had a request for the national anthem of the United States of America, “The Star-Spangled Banner”:

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O say can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

“I am grateful for Canada.” – Doc Meek

CANADA DAY, July 1, 2013

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To All Our Friends and Family Far & Near,

We are both dual Citizens of Canada and the US.

We celebrate Canada on Canada Day, Monday, July 1, 2013.
We are grateful to be Canadians by birth and to know and love Canada and Canadians.
In a few days, July 4, we will also celebrate our second home in the US.

Loving Kindness, Collins (Doc) and Jeannette Meek

Today we are grateful for Canada, its current citizens and those who went before us to make today possible.  - Doc & Jeannette Meek, Monday, July 1, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA, and South Jordan, Utah, USA. 

P.S. We have had a request for Canada’s National Anthem. Here it is in English and French (since Canada is a bilingual country):

O CANADA

O Canada! Our home and native land!

O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,

The True North strong and free!

Il sait porter la croix!

From far and wide, O Canada,

Ton histoire est une épopée

we stand on guard for thee.

Des plus brillants exploits.

God keep our land glorious and free!

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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“Young kids going international.” – Doc Meek

Today I am grateful for those who have the courage to reach out across the world to other nations in a peaceful loving way, and for those who bring the world home to the classroom. I am also grateful to the New York Times for the following article by Jack Healy.

- Doc Meek, Sunday, June 30, 2013, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA.


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Chinese art at Wasatch Elementary School, where 360 students take Mandarin classes. Officials say a bilingual work force could lure international companies.

Lily Buneo, teaching Portuguese at Lakeview Elementary in Provo, Utah.
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A State Seeks to Be Heard

in a New World Economy

Article by Published: April 19, 2013 in the New York Times

PROVO, Utah — In this deeply Mormon state, the school day is being translated into Chinese. Strains of Taiwanese pop songs float through the hallways. School cafeterias serve dumplings. Third graders pass notes in Mandarin. And when visitors enter a classroom, the students shout, “Ni hao!”

Chinese art at Wasatch Elementary School, where 360 students take Mandarin classes. Officials say a bilingual work force could lure international companies.

“If I close my eyes, I see a room full of Chinese children,” said Colleen Densley, the principal of Wasatch Elementary School here in central Utah, recalling the words of one amazed teacher. “If I open my eyes I see my American students.”

For generations, Mormon missionaries from Utah have crisscrossed the globe and returned home speaking Tagalog and Xhosa. Now, with hopes of preparing students for a competitive world economy, the state is building one of the largest and most ambitious school-language programs in the nation.

Dual-language classes have existed for years, but they are now growing fast in many states as an outcry against bilingual education fades and educators look for ways to prepare American students for a polyglot global job market. But few have embraced the idea with such unlikely zeal as Utah, a state that passed an English-only law in 2000 and routinely ranks last in the nation on education spending, according to United States Census figures.

In foreign languages, however, Utah now sees a highway to the world economy. Republicans in Salt Lake City, the state capital, have pledged millions for the program. Four years after it began, nearly half of Utah’s 41 school districts offer programs in which elementary school students spend half the day learning in English and half in a foreign language. There are 14,000 students enrolled and 20,000 signed up for next year.

In Utah, where economic growth is being driven by surging exports of gold and silver, airplane engines and computer memory, industry leaders say a bilingual work force could help lure international companies to the state and would make Utah’s graduates stronger candidates for jobs in, say, Beijing, London or São Paulo.

Educators and parents say the program is about academic development, not preparing Mormon students to proselytize overseas. Yet they said Utah’s immigrant communities and the overseas peregrinations of its large Mormon population make it fertile ground to teach foreign languages.

“From the very beginnings of Utah, it’s been part of our culture,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert in an interview, “the missionary effort of going out and living in foreign lands.”

The dual language programs start in first grade, and will eventually extend through middle school, with students taking advanced placement tests in ninth grade and then studying at a college level through the rest of high school. Right now, they can take classes in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin. German is likely to be next, and educators have discussed Arabic.

Most of the programs are designed to teach native English speakers. But in corners of the state with more Latino immigrants, the state has also set up classes where Spanish speakers are taught together, in both English and Spanish.

Studies of other immersion programs have found that students do just as well, or better, on standardized tests as students in English-only classrooms, with the added bonus that they picked up a new language while learning state capitals and multiplication tables.

“There’s no way to learn another language as easily or as successfully,” said Myriam Met, a consultant who has worked on Utah’s immersion programs.

The teachers — most of them from other countries — teach regular subjects like mathematics and reading and social studies, only speaking exclusively in a foreign language. At first, they pantomime and use pictures and videos to get their point across, but they say the students can understand them within a few weeks.

Students in the immersion programs are graded normally, and have to take the same standardized tests as their peers. That can pose a problem in areas like science. Schools have to make sure that students who learned the Mandarin words for “photosynthesis” and “chlorophyll” can also recognize the terms on an English-language standardized tests.

So far, however, the program has amounted to a transformation. At Chinese-speaking schools, red paper lanterns dangle from the ceiling like ripe fruit, and maps of China are taped to the wall. Taiwanese and American flags hang in classrooms. Cafeterias serve pot stickers, and schools celebrate the Chinese New Year.

At Lone Peak Elementary in the town of Sandy, students grooved along one morning as their teacher played a Chinese hip-hop song. The school’s principal, McKay Robinson, stood at the back of the classroom, keeping quiet, mindful not to break the rule posted on the classroom door: “No English Please.”At Wasatch Elementary, where 360 of the school’s 860 students are in Mandarin immersion classes, officials made the faculty lounge an English-only zone so all the teachers could understand one another.

Parents, wary at first, have rushed to enter lotteries to place their children in the programs. Some school districts have waiting lists 100 students long. Some parents drive 30 miles to bring their children to class, or have even moved to be closer to an immersion school.

Holli Gardner knew the classes had taken root when her first-grade son, Talan, said a prayer before dinner in Portuguese. Jody Katz’s two sons, Jonah and Simon, will whisper to each other in Mandarin.

“This is something I could never teach my kid,” said Alison Memmott, 41, whose fourth-grader, Ella, has been studying Mandarin since she was in first grade.

A few months ago, Ms. Memmott’s family attended an exhibition by visiting Chinese artists in Salt Lake City, and Ella chatted up one of the artists in Mandarin. Within a few minutes, Ms. Memmott said, all of the artists were laughing and joking with the girl and invited Ella to return to Beijing with them.

“They said there are lots of boys in China she could marry,” Ms. Memmott said. “I said no thanks.”

A version of this article appeared in print on April 20, 2013, on page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: A State Seeks to Be Heard in a New World Economy.

Year-end tips for elementary teachers, from Janelle Cox

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Her tips and resources for teachers and parents of elementary school pupils is so valuable.  - Doc  Meek

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Today I am grateful for Melissa Kelly, Your Guide to Secondary Education, who sends me great newsletters with valuable tips and all kinds of great help for teachers. – Doc Meek

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Schools typically give teachers a list of what they have to do before they can be released for the summer. However, this typically does not cover everything that a teacher needs to remember before they hand in their keys and leave. This list includes both the obvious and less obvious items that teachers need to make sure that they complete before they head out for summer break.
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Finding this time of year stressful? This article looks at ways to combat end of the year stress. Enjoy and relax.
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