Get Rid of the Snow Day Boredom

Monday, January 27th, 2014

We’ve settled into a winter that echoes those of my childhood. It’s been a while since we have seen measurable snow, lasting subzero temperatures, and snow days that become weeks. Everything seemed to slow a bit and perhaps this is what we need. After all, winter is a time for hibernation. It’s really difficult for teachers and students, though. The lag in classroom instruction can be frustrating, but there are plenty of learning opportunities during these cold, gray days and there is a place one can go to find answers to the many random questions that can pop up when one is suffering from cabin fever.

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PBS LearningMedia isn’t just for the classroom. This free service is full of P-20 resources to help feed the curiosities that naturally arise during winter snow day activities, whether they be sledding, reading, playing video games, or just trying to find something to do. Current, interesting, thought-provoking, inspiring, and truly educational videos and interactives are just a click away for students and parents, too! PBS LearningMedia is great for studying, researching, learning how to make or do something, working out, or simply satiating a desire to learn. It’s trustworthy and diverse. If you ever want to know about something, this is one of the first online places you should look.

 

A Cheyenne Odyssey

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

It’s here! The latest Mission US game is now live and being played by gamers across the globe. This is a fabulous instructional resource for teachers to incorporate into their U.S. history units. The third mission, A Cheyenne Odyssey, takes players back to 1866 as they assume the role of Little Fox who must brave many obstacles in order to help the tribe survive as the Transcontinental Railroad is being built, buffalo populations are falling, land is being overtaken by the white man, and new battles await around the corner. As with the previous missions, teacher materials are also available. Contact your KET Education Consultant to learn more.

Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools Professional Development

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

New PD requirement for all Kentucky teachers this year can be found within PBS LearningMedia. Once you click on this self-paced lesson, you will be directed to PBS TeacherLine. From there, you will create an account and click on “enroll” to gain access to the course. If you have any trouble with any of the functions of this PD, please contact pd@ket.org.

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Here’s a quick description of the course: This self-paced course was developed in response to the new Kentucky regulation limiting the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools. However, the purpose of the training is on creating climates and implementing interventions and supports that help schools decrease or eliminate problem and dangerous student behavior. Produced by KET in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education and made available through PBS TeacherLine.

More updates to come!!! Hope all are having a smooth start to the new school year.


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