Check out how all that food you eat affects your brain. Through this animated TED Talk, students can see how various foods, such as spinach, can help your body and brain function in a healthy way.
TEACHING THE SEVEN MINDSETS
Pros: Incredibly detailed and organized lessons help students dig deep.
Cons: Can be repetitious, and for the price, the lack of a student progress dashboard is disappointing.
Bottom Line: If teachers take advantage of the extension activities, students can get great in-depth instruction and practice in SEL skills needed for life.
Learn how to save your hearing with this article. According to The World Health Organization 1.1 billion people ages 12-35 listen to personal audio devices at “unsafe volumes,” risking permanent hearing loss. The availability of smartphones with access to music through earbuds has contributed to this increase. This article offers simple ways to protect against hearing loss: get headphones that fit; give your ears a rest; turn the volume down, get earplugs for concerts, sporting events, etc. Be careful not to push earbuds deep into your ears, and get regular hearing screenings. These simple actions may save your hearing as you age!
Our apples, bananas, bread, and potatoes come from many parts of the world. Many of the foods we love do not grow near our town or even our country. Many of our ancestors traveled with certain foods, crossing oceans, and they introduced them to the places we live in today. Follow this presentation to discover the history of where our food comes from. Discover who provides our food, how certain foods are grown, how others are processed, and finally how the food gets to us.
High-stakes testing plays a greater and greater role in education, from state-mandated achievement tests to AP exams. From an early age, teachers and parents encourage students to do their best, on tests and other school-related assessments. But we seldom couple that encouragement with advice on how to control the stress related to perceived pressure to do well.
This site offers students an understanding of the stress they're feeling, how it has grown in their lives, and a number of concrete ways to diminish that stress, especially when they are facing high-stakes tests. Learning to "psych down" instead of "psyching up" for studying, tests, or performances can make a significant difference in a student's ability to succeed. And while the site specifically addresses students, teachers, who also live high-stress lives, of course, might find the same techniques helpful as well. -tech and learning
Learning how to cope can be a great advantage in an overwhelming world. Learn how the brain works and how it attempts to define coping skills in the pre-teen brain. On
this web site you'll find information which includes how teachers can help students develop brain-based coping skills— and why this topic belongs in the classroom.
If you need a virtual field trip to take you away momentarily then Explore Mammoth Cave. This site offers a multitude of pictures to make you feel as though you are trekking the landscape. With just a simple click, you'll be able to relive the history of Mammoth Cave from its first mention in historical records in 1797. Be sure to visit each section of the cave so you can get a good feel for its enormity. The cutaways show where visitors are able to go now, about 12 miles of the estimated 600 or so miles of passages. There is a great deal of geological information that will give you a great view of this incredible natural wonder.
Being at home online can get you into that couch potato mode. But,
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a user-friendly site that shows a long list of physical activities. Click on an activity and find out from an expert about the gear you need, how to play, how to play safely, and fun facts about the activity. The usual school sports are included in the list, but you can also read about what is involved in snorkeling, surfing, jump rope, or martial
So what are you waiting for? Get off that computer and take a break!
What better way to get exercise than to grab two jump ropes with friends and begin double Dutch style? At PBS Kids, Dragonfly explores what you need to know about jumping Double Dutch. There you can read a brief history of Double Dutch and find out about the special moves used in competition. The three teenagers who speak in the video explain their thoughts as to why it is more important in jump rope performance—seeing the ropes or hearing the beat. They do a great job providing evidence and coming up with the importance of good healthy exercise. In addition to the experimentation with Double Dutch, there are suggestions for other investigations of the rope itself, and exploring a different kind of jump, the broad jump.
Do you have an online learner in the Volusia County area? Are you
looking for enrichment-based activities for your student? Is your child spending
more time at home and in need of some friends that share his/her interest? Or, maybe he/she just needs to be outdoors to feel great!
Academic Learning Coach will be opening its doors soon to the Eco-Explorers
division. ALC will offer morning labs from 10:00 am - Noon that will spawn
outdoor indigenous activities in our area. Let's get outdoors together and see what treasures we can find! We'll study our local lagoon and scan the beach while beach combing. With the Atlantic Ocean at our door and the Halifax river in our backyard, eco explorer activities will be offer different thematic units each month. Get out and see what treasures Florida's habitats have to offer. Above all, get out and have some fun with friends!
Check back on our Eco-Explorers tab and see what upcoming workshops will be offered soon.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.