Saturday, November 19, 2016

5 Strategies to help build memory skills!

Top 5 Way to Power-up Students' Memory! 

Working memory is a critical function of learning new concepts and
making connections to background knowledge, and core executive function related to academic success is a cognitive system with a limited capacity that is responsible for the transient holding, processing, and manipulation of information. Working memory is an important process for reasoning and the guidance of decision-making and behavior.


1. Teach all critical language, vocabulary, and academic concepts using Multisensory methods that repeat and review constantly. Using visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and tactile modalities in fun engaging ways helps the brain's neurons fire together and wire memories together using all learning pathways, each time students are required to remember academic concepts, the brain re-wires its physical brain structure "neuroplasticity" making learning faster, stronger and deeper.

"Neuroplasticity: The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neuralconnections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment."



2. Teach all directions and tasks in small steps and have students repeat all steps with a shoulder partner. Repeat to remember and rehearse and model over and over to strengthen concepts. 

3. Use pictures and physical "pictorial/symbolic" gestures to tap into visual spatial memory neural pathways. 

4. Teach auditory processing and auditory memory as a key element of all academic instruction. Think academic Simon says, listening and following complex oral directions.  Teaching vocabulary, spelling, math facts, poetry recitation, and old schools rote memorization skills using chants, songs, mnemonic devices and part of daily lessons. 


5. Teach students good study habits that include self-quizzing strategies, flash cards, Cornell notes, games with competition, studying over time, creating test questions, summarizing, study buddies, highlighting, close reading, and combine academic content to make connections to background knowledge. 

Student Christmas Craft Ideas! Step by Step Lessons


Fun Christmas Crafts ideas to share with students. Printable PDF Student Christmas Craft Ideas! Step by Student Christmas Craft Ideas! Christmas and winter holidays lend themselves to classroom handicrafts, no bake baking and all those nostalgic and cultural traditions that kids love and cherish. Please share your favorite holiday traditions.

[PDF]Christmas Crafts - Kids Friendly
Christmas lends itself to craft making, baking and all those nostalgic and traditional ... Other Kids Friendly resources for the Christmas season include: A Kids ...

[PDF]Arts & Craft for Christmas - The 12 Do's of Christmas
Arts & Craft for Christmas ... Supplies needed: egg carton, scissors, string, small bells, craft glue, glitter, paint .... Glass jars are great for all types of gift ideas:.

[PDF]A Christmas Activities eBook - Learning 4 Kids
This eBook was released last year in 2011 when Learning4 Kids was still very new and since then we have shared more Christmas crafts and activities on the ...
[PDF]Christmas Ideas - CatholicMom.com
Paper Plate Christmas Wreath- An easy and fun craft that all kids can make. christiancrafters.com .... http://www.kidsclubs4jesus.com/L1-10/Lesson%202.pdf.

[PDF]Cheap and Easy Crafts
Find thousands of free craft projects, decorating ideas, handmade gift options and more ..... 15 Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Recycled Paper Ornaments .

[PDF]Cheap & Easy Crafts For Everyone
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[PDF]11 Christmas Crafts for Kids to Create - Free Christmas Crafts
The holiday season is the perfect time to connect with the family. While it's always fun ... your kids about winter and Christmas through crafting. You can find more ...

[PDF]Santa's Guide to Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids - FaveCrafts
Find thousands of free crafts, decorating ideas, handmade gifts and more at www. ... You can find moreChristmas craft ideas, free knitting patterns, craft projects ...

[PDF]40 Newspaper Craft Ideas - Oklahoma Press Association
40 Newspaper Craft Ideas ..... Here is a handy folder you can make to keep all your papers and ideas in one ... Hot glue ribbon, Christmas balls or other acces-.

[PDF]Quick craft ideas - Church News Ireland
In the run up to Christmas there may be times when you need to put craft activities together at the last minute. You can save yourself a lot of stress and panic by ...


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[PDF]Recycled Arts and Crafts Guide (PDF) - Schools... - Schools Recycle ...
We hope that this Guide will spark ideas for teachers and ... recycled craft projects are a good way to reinforce the key messages of ... projects that are suitable for students in preschool and primary ..... paper,Christmas cards. ♻ Hand held ...
[PDF]Cheap & Easy Crafts For Everyone
I love to use Pintrest to find ideas for crafts among other things and .... Hang up. Image from: http://1pureheart.blogspot.com/2011/12/paper-plate-christmas-tree-.

Cheap and Easy Crafts
Find thousands of free craft projects, decorating ideas, handmade gift options and more ..... 15 Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Recycled Paper Ornaments .

[PDF]40 Newspaper Craft Ideas - Oklahoma Press Association
40 Newspaper Craft Ideas. Page 1 of 2. 1. ... “out the porthole,” etc. and have the students draw in a ..... Hot glue ribbon, Christmas balls or other acces- stories to ...

[PDF]No Bake Cookies
No Bake Cookies. You Need: . 1 cup cup 1 Tb. + 1 tsp. + " _ sugar peanut butmr 1/2 tsp. cocoa 1/2 tSP- vanlua. 1/4 cup dry 1/2 cup dry 1/2 cup dry measuring ...

[PDF]Chocolate No Bake Cookies.pdf
Chocolate No–Bake Cookies. 1 cup sugar. 1 tsp vanilla. 2 tbsp cocoa powder. 1/4 c. peanut butter. 1/4 c. milk. 1 and 3/4 c. quick oats. 1/4 c. margarine. Mix sugar ...

[PDF]6 Chocolate No-Bake Cookies - kidsacookin.org
Chocolate No-Bake Cookies. Easy enough for beginning chefs! Level: Easy. Makes: 40. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sugar. 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa ...

[PDF]no bake cookies - Tufts
NO BAKE COOKIES. Time: 10 min. Ingredients: • 1 ripe banana, mashed well. • 1 cup sugar. • 1/4 cup cocoa powder. • ½ cup non-fat milk. • ½ cup peanut butter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mysterious Vocabulary Facts? Zipf's Law!

Most common words in English! 

The listed words below account for 50% of all the words use daily in reading, writing, and spoken communication?
Rank
Word
1
2
3
to
4
of
5
and
6
a
7
in
8
that
9
have
10
I
11
it
12
for
13
not
14
on
15
with
16
17
as
18
19
do
20
at
Rank
Word
21
this
22
but
23
his
24
by
25
from
26
27
28
say
29
her
30
31
or
32
an
33
will
34
my
35
one
36
all
37
38
there
39
their
40
what
Rank
Word
41
so
42
up
43
out
44
if
45
about
46
who
47
get
48
which
49
go
50
me
51
when
52
make
53
can
54
like
55
time
56
no
57
just
58
him
59
know
60
take
Rank
Word
61
people
62
into
63
year
64
your
65
good
66
some
67
could
68
them
69
see
70
other
71
than
72
then
73
now
74
look
75
only
76
come
77
its
78
over
79
think
80
also
Rank
Word
81
back
82
after
83
use
84
two
85
how
86
our
87
work
88
first
89
well
90
way
91
even
92
new
93
want
94
because
95
any
96
these
97
give
98
day
99
most
100
us
What is Zipf's Law? Why are all Languages based in Zipfian principals? What conclusions and connections can you draw between Zipf's Law and the Pareto Principle? Please explain and cite Bics and Calps language development skills in your answers.

DOK Level 1-3 reading vocabulary test question! 

Academic vocabulary instruction is the key to closing the academic achivment gap! 


BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills)[edit]
BICS refers to the basic communicative fluency achieved by all normal native speakers of a language. It is cognitively undemanding and contextual and is better understood as the language used by students in informal settings, say, on a playground or cafe. Research by Cummins as well as Virginia Collier suggest that it typically takes language learners 1–3 years to develop BICS if they have sufficient exposure to the second language.

CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency/Academic Language Proficiency)[edit]

CALP refers to the ability to manipulate language using abstractions in a sophisticated manner. CALP is used while performing in an academic setting. CALP is the ability to think in and use a language as a tool for learning. Cummins's and Collier's research suggest that K-12 students need 5 to 7 years to acquire CALP in the second language if the learner has native language literacy. Learners who do not have strong native language literacy often need 7–10 years to acquire CALP in the second language.

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity)[1] states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.[2] Management consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who noted the 80/20 connection while at the University of Lausanne in 1896, as published in his first paper, "Cours d'économie politique". Essentially, Pareto showed that approximately 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population; Pareto developed the principle by observing that about 20% of the peapods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.[3]

Zipf's law /ˈzɪf/ is an empirical law formulated using mathematical statistics that refers to the fact that many types of data studied in the physical and social sciences can be approximated with a Zipfian distribution, one of a family of related discrete power law probability distributions.