TK – Setting the Stage and Prepping the Classroom!
Are you looking for some ideas about how to set up your TK classroom? Needing some guidance with respect to what is age appropriate for young fives? Want to learn more about hands-on materials and equipment? Lakeshore® Learning can help! Read on to see what Lakeshore® has to say about their unique catalog and click on the title below to see the catalog right away…
Lakeshore® Learning - Materials for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) ProgramsTo help school districts across California develop successful Transitional Kindergarten programs, we have filled this catalog with materials targeting the specific developmental needs of “young fives.” Using the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Planning Guide, California Preschool Learning Foundations, and California’s Common Core Standards for kindergarten as our guidelines, we have selected products that foster essential skills related to:
Physical Education and
Visual and Performing Arts.
The use of these materials will help to provide younger children with an enriching environment that supports academic, physical and social growth in a manner that reflects their current stage of development. Combined with a modified kindergarten curriculum, these materials will promote greater school readiness for kindergarten and beyond!
Want more information about Lakeshore® Learning and TK? Visit their websiteand read all about it!
Will you be a Transitional Kindergarten teacher or assistant this year? Are you looking for some fresh resources for teaching this new grade? Do you want access to the best ideas for TK from across the state? Visit the Transitional Kindergarten Librarysite for a compendium of strategies, plans and resources to support TK implementation. Here you will find examples of communication and outreach plans, articulation and alignment resources, standards, curriculum and instruction approaches, age appropriate assessment and evaluation support, and much, much more!
Ca Kindergarten Association
A Wealth of Resources
Traditional Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten teachers rejoice! The California Kindergarten Association is your go-to resource for all things Kindergarten. They host a vast website of resources and activities, offer an annual conference, offer mini-grants, advocate for you and connect you to other Kindergarten professionals. Here is what they have to say about their mission “the mission of the California Kindergarten Association is to foster the development of the whole child by promoting best practices in teaching and learning.” If you have not had the chance to visit their website, do it today!
Please Note:The information on this website is presented as a public service. MUSD does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided by referenced sites or organizations and does not endorse their products or services.
Helping Young Fives Thrive
New Trends in Education
21st Century Learning – The Future is Now
The world is changing at an ever increasing pace – are you ready? Watch this four minute video from New Brunswick Public Education to get psyched for tomorrow… today! Want to learn more about how MUSD is breaking down the 21st Century Learning Experience? Click here to view the 4Cs of a 21st Century Learning Experience – Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. Is your classroom up to the challenge?
Blended Learning - What is it?!
An emerging trend in education is “blended learning”. At the most basic level, this new approach to education combines traditional methods of instruction together with online learning. The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (previously theInnosight Institute) presents the following definition: blended learning is “a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.”
What does this model look like? Is it simply adding technology to the classroom? No! An integral component of blended learning is the student driven self-pacing of online content delivery. Take a look at the Institute’s diagram to see four different iterations of the model:
Want to learn more about each type of these blended learning environments? Click hereto read the program definitions. Click hereto learn more.
Digital Learning – Keeping It Real!
So how can we keep digital learning approachable, relevant and applicable to the students of today? How can we make online learning become an enhancement of the traditional curriculum?Digital Learning Now!suggests the following Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning - click on each element for additional information.
Funding- Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation.
Delivery- Infrastructure supports digital learning.
Digital Learning = Deeper Learning
Getting Smartrecently published a white paper and infographic exploring the connections between digital learning and deeper learning. Check out this informative graphic complete with embedded links to real life examples in schools around the nation… Digital Learning Deeper Learning Infographic.
Making Sense of the Common Core State Standards
Change is coming! Are you ready? The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is shaking up the classroom experience as we know it - things may never be the same! But that’s OK – learning new things is good for kids and adults alike – and there are a lot of web based resources ready to help you grow into the CCSS!
First off, take a look at this fourteen minute video from the Teaching Channel which does a good job providing a basic overview of how the Common Core State Standards are different from what came before. Take a look at how two early adopter elementary schools implemented the CCSS, how this change affected teachers and students and why at the end of the day, the teachers liked the new approach.
A Few CCSS Resources to Get You Started
The California Department of Education hosts a wealth of CCSS resources including implementation plans, downloadable standards, grade level curriculum, a CCSS communications toolkit, a parent handbook, information for school boards and so much more!
Education.com has the parent angle covered – check out “A Parent's Guide to the Common Core Standards” and share it with your parents!
Edutopia keeps track of lots and lots of educator CCSS resources. Check out their “Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards - An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.”
Scholastic makes teaching the CCSS simple in the article “Common Core: Victory Is Yours - Stop Worrying and Love the Common Core with Our Tool Kit of Activities.”
The California Kindergarten Association can help you understand and share teaching ideas around the Common Core State Standards – especially for our Transitional and Traditional Kindergarten teachers.
How Deep is Your Knowledge?
Need more food for thought? Depth of Knowledge ring a bell? Take a look at this diagram and ponder your classroom lessons – are they hitting the mark?
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013
What is a self-respecting teacher to think about the wave of new technology invading the classroom? How should you balance screen time with hands-on activities and person-to-person interaction? What will best prepare your students for the unknowable technological future? Don’t stress! You can integrate technology into your classroom at all grade levels and here are a few organizations and resources that can help…
★ Common Sense Media – and last, but not least, let’s review some technology curriculum resources for your classroom and actual rating scores for media products such as games, movies and apps. Common Sense Media is “dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.” But how do they do that? By providing parents and educators advice and reviews, free educator programs and policy and advocacy activities:
Advice & reviews: Common Sense Media rates media based on age appropriateness and learning potential. A great tool for parents and professionals!
Educator programs: Digital Literacy and Citizenship Programs are comprehensive, research-based, free curricula for K-12 educators. Growing ethical technology users!
Advocacy & policy: working to give families a voice – and opportunities to encourage policymakers, media companies, and others to improve the media environment for all kids.
Starting School Book List
The start of school is a busy, stressful, exciting and wonderful time of year for you and your new class. Help everyone feel better and ease anxieties by reading a book about starting school! Click here to access a long list of books written about the first days of school. The list is divided into age sections beginning with 1 year old through 6 years old. Spanish titles are in red and SCCL beside the title indicates that it is available through the Santa Clara County Library System. To find out more about their holdings, visit their website by clicking here. Other titles may be available from online booksellers or other library systems.