For Parents & Caregivers
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Child Development Expert and Psychologist
When we fail to register what's happening to kids in today's society, we fail to realize what we're truly up against. It's no wonder why so many adults feel disconnected to kids in a connected world. You are extremely busy caregivers, so let us point you to the best web sites, the most powerful parenting strategies, genuinely new ideas, and fresh perspectives.
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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If ever there has been a silver bullet for breathing life into your delivery of your curriculum, it can be found in these SIX CRITICAL CONDITIONS. Why? These conditions zero in on some of the biggest problems teachers and students face every day: lack of motivation, apathy, and a student's inability to persist with complex tasks. What are the six conditions and how can we apply them to increase achievement in the classroom? Join us to explore the six elements and to access an online gold mine of technology-rich strategies that can quickly improve a teacher's capacity to reach unmotivated and disengaged students. Spend a HALF-DAY (demo & discussion) or a WHOLE DAY (demo, discussion, & hands-on technology) mastering six powerhouse strategies and walk away with a wealth of free online resources to make it happen in your classroom. Email Info@PODLS.com. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level? Explore practical applications and walk away with a massive collection of data-driven uses for digital content. Workshop participants receive a CODE to download an interactive handout packed with links to free online resources for every step. Email Info@PODLS.com if you have any questions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.
This resource collection provides support, tools, strategies, and research for educators participating in the series of training events called "7 Steps: A Road Trip to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, Proven Practices." Participants explore PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments that have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level. For more information about this professional development, email Info@PODLS.com.
It is back-to-school time for you, so hit the ground running with 7 power-packed online resources for EVERYTHING you need to get learning in gear. Grab this one-page quick reference for quick links to hilarious group games that break the ice, 101 things you can do the first three weeks of class, 8 ways to save money on classroom supplies, and TONS more! Crack open this PODL today!
The most reluctant teachers can use 3 technology-rich, research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant to the lives of students. Free, high-interest online tools, peer review, and a bit of intrigue spice up the learning outside of class while giving the teacher more time in class for formative assessment and active problem-solving. This one-page quick reference saves time and links teachers to a wealth of free multimedia tools and research-based instructional strategies. (Grades 4-12)
A one-page student reproducible captures student-led formative assessment in one simple, but powerful visual of a road map. This infographic can help students acquire a clear vision of the learning target, guide student self-monitoring and reflection, show progress over time, and alert teachers to adjust ongoing teaching strategies.
This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]
This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]
This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]
Is peer aggression improving in our schools? NO. "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but actually make the problem worse." (Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Developmental Psychologist) What are we missing? What can we do? This 26-page resource explains why traditional approaches do not work and outlines a two-pronged approach that educators can use to get REAL results. It also includes free online multimedia resources, eBooks, and legal information, along with a bonus collection of online safety sites featuring simulations, games, strategies, video galleries, and some very cool tools. [NOTE: Workshop Participants receive a free download code as part of the training.]
"Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse" is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.
Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard through the use of group brainstorming tools, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, geo-located interactive timelines, augmented reality platforms, QR code campaigns, photo editors, infographic generators, and more! This fabulous collection of 100 Web tools can help you recode new learning, or change the packaging of information from the one in which it is delivered. It is all about RECODING, not regurgitating facts. This process of recoding helps to consolidate new information into memory.
Harness the power of digital media to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and to engage yourself with 1) multiple means of representation, 2) multiple means of expression, and 3) multiple means of engagement.
Web Tools are organized into four main sections: PLAN AHEAD / BECOME AN EXPERT / CREATE AMAZING PRODUCTS / GET SOCIAL
Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)
Do you have a student that gets so upset that he or she tries to run away? Help kids who are suffering from anxiety learn a coping strategy that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.
See what a few Happy PODlers have said about our professional development seminars, PODLS: Portable On-Demain Learning Strategies, and The PODL Profile Tools: A Portable On-Demand Learning Profile for generating personalized reports of learner preferences and personality traits.
Students, lose that long list of copied definitions and use this proven approach to OVERPOWER words that trip your circuits. Take each word through these five steps of fun with technology tools. By the time you finish Step 5 you should have the word stored in long-term memory. It is no surprise that the way to score well on the Verbal SAT is to have a large vocabulary, but do you know there is a positive connection between the size of your vocabulary and your future money-making potential? If you don't build your vocabulary, who will?
It may be easy to say that every teacher is a teacher of reading, but what about the multitude of upper grade educators who have had little preparation for delivering powerfully integrated literacy skills in the content area? With almost 9 million adolescents struggling to read, educators have no time to waste. Learn one way to QUICKLY incorporate five components critical to the development of reading proficiency: decoding/phonemics, morphology, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension. Oh yes, and there's a HUGE collection of matching online tools for each component.
Explore 10 free Web sites that can be used for increasing reading fluency with audio-assisted technology tools. There is something for everyone from toddlers to teens, plus a practical list of classroom management tips and ideas. FLUENCY is far more than oral reading; it is the bridge that takes students from decoding words to comprehending them. In fact, reading fluency STRONGLY predicts performance on state tests - across grade levels and states! [Educational Research Newsletter] Research consistently demonstrates that reading along with audio accelerates the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. [From Fluency to Comprehension, by Teaching Practices That Work]
Explore this rich collection of resources for immediate support in identifying and adapting effective relationship-building disciplinary practices. In this list you will find a free online database with step-by-step instructions for handling over 120 misbehaviors, powerful responses to problem behaviors, instructional design strategies to boost student engagement, and MORE. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments for successful behavior management. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.
Group brainstorming tools, social voting sites, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, and geo-located interactive timelines with a social twist can turn community building and global awareness into an adventure! Dive into this pool of free online tools to help students "prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively." [K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards, Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration] NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.
Make vital Common Core connections for every research and digital media standard with this massive list of tools for students to produce and publish writing, brainstorm and organize ideas, and gather relevant information from multiple sources. ---->NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.
Leadership experts often say that the toughest person to control is ourselves. How true! Put these 5 POWER TOOLS to the test and learn strategies to self monitor and self regulate, practice mnemonic devices, download a poster for tracking progress, master tips for drowning out distractions, and while you're there, check out High-Voltage Vocabulary - a proven 5-step approach to learn academic vocabulary. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.
If you are between the ages of eleven and twenty, take note. What you do with your abilities during this time can have a lasting impact on your future success as an adult. How so? Dramatic changes are taking place in your brain. Find out what is going on in there. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.
This is SERIOUS PLAY! Download a chart of free online multiplayer games and simulations where students can work collaboratively on missions to the moon, live among a pack of wolves, participate in government, or travel back in history to interact with other cultures. Drawing on research from around the world, Daniel Pink outlines the fundamentally human abilities that are essentials for professional and personal success. Creative play is one of the key essentials of the Conceptual Age. Even Albert Einstein remarked, "Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."
Your brain is a muscle that can be made stronger. It continues developing into your mid-twenties, and it has enormous plasticity, or the ability to change. It is too bad so many people believe they are "stuck" with being only so smart. Your intelligence is NOT set in stone. You can do several things to boost brain power and improve your learning potential. Let's start with a few simple changes you can make today.
This collection of quick links places North Carolina data sources at your fingertips for ready access. Use the link collection on the web page or download a PDF with additional resources, such as a reproducible for triangulation of data and a chart for recording multiple measures of data. [Source: NCPublicSchools.org]
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Smart phones, web cams, mobile devices, social networking pages, personal web sites, and more, introduce new challenges for adults every day. Traditional online safety tips no longer apply. Learn what works today! Join other caregivers for a day of thought-provoking, engaging multimedia experiences and master simple POWER STEPS to genuinely connect with your kids and develop structures for healthy technology use. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.
You absolutely must protect your equipment from malicious technology attacks in the form of viruses, spyware, and other nasty code designed to steal your personal information. Linda Criddle, author of Look Both Ways, remarked in a recent seminar on CyberSecurity: "Over one-third of you have already had your identities stolen. You just don't know it yet."
Use this collection of seriously amazing online content to make students THIRSTY to learn more so that you can set the hook and reel them in to the lesson! Tap into the "out of the ordinary" to stimulate curiosity, focus attention, and set the stage for learning.
Download this student achievement data worksheet as a starting point in gathering evidence of critical instructional needs. Achievement data is one of the four types of data needed to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the system and focus goals. A comprehensive assessment plan makes use of multiple sources of information, including achievement data, demographic data, program data, and perception data.
Anyone can use the five research-based steps to clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and to make academic vocabulary from the Common Core State Standards relevant and meaningful to the lives of students. We know that so many factors outside of school have a big impact on student success, but "new research demonstrates that one factor in particular--academic vocabulary--is one of the strongest indicators of how well students will learn subject area content when they come to school." (The Art and Science of Teaching: Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction, by Robert J. Marzano)
What if you could hear your students' brains talk? What would they say? Find out with Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain. Simply roll over a thought balloon to learn powerful strategies from the field of brain research.
This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!
Your brain is a powerful learning tool, but it requires some effort to hang on to information in short-term memory, and then a bit more effort to move it into long-term memory. Power up your memory by learning sixteen strategies and mnemonic devices.
Help students to become aware of and manage volatile emotions with The Write Moods Pencils. Since learning potential is diminished when emotions are running hot, consider a variety of uses for this PODL: word processing activities, journaling, in-school suspension, conflict resolution, and more!
Attention, all Parents and Teachers: This quick reference contains 9 SERIOUS internet safety messages EVERY student needs to hear, ages 8-18. Embedded links to online resources supplement each message with practical information, videos, tools, and games.
According to the research by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works, students should have systematic, multiple exposures to details at a deep enough level to understand and recall them. Students must be exposed to details at least three or four times within a two-day span before anyone can legitimately expect them to remember those details or use them in any meaningful way. Use Table Totem Poles to scaffold this process through small group work that sparks loads of laughter and learning.
This PDF is pre-formatted for printing a 36" x 48" larger-than-life data team FOCUS chart at STAPLES. An oversized chart makes learning visible as data teams pinpoint each learning destination, map the instructional path, apply high-yield strategies, align digital learning tools, and chart results from common assessments.
With new technologies, scientists can now measure the impact of only one lost hour of sleep. It's time to get the facts on sleep deprivation, because you are losing a lot more than sleep. Crack open this PODL and learn what happens to your brain when it doesn't get enough sleep.
This 27-page guide, with 7 five-minute "scripts" for conversations to have with kids, can literally alter the course of your child's behavior online - for the better. Absolutely no computer experience is necessary for using a script. Draw upon your unique parenting style and personality to adapt the information to fit the needs of the child. These conversations can take place in the car, while washing dishes, or at bedtime. Each "script" comes bundled with quick links to matching video clips, interactive simulations, and additional information for adults like, "The Top 15 Scams Used by Thieves,"10 Ways You're Not As Private As You Think," and "Editor's Choice Parental Control Tools." While this resource is a tremendous timesaver, it accomplishes something far more important by sending the message to kids, "You may know more than I do about technology, but I know more about life and the consequences of your actions. I am responsible for you and that is the most important job I will ever have." This eBook promotes open communication and generates deep, meaningful discussion about the serious UNSPOKEN issues faced by kids 24/7 in a digital world. When we fail to recognize and understand widely accepted online behaviors among youth, we lack credibility--and that is one of the biggest mistakes we can make. You can avoid making that mistake with one simple download of "7 Conversations Every Child Needs to Have."
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