I recently became a founding member of a nonprofit called The 10 Greatest Gifts Project. The primary focus of this organization is taking the tools and concepts of Steve Vannoy’s book “The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children”.
Our purpose is to build priceless qualities and values, like honesty, responsibility and self-reliance, and therefore health and joy, into every family in the world.
The foundation of our mission and culture is our committed team, partners, presenters, and volunteers. We will treat our core team with dignity, respect, and honesty, demonstrating transparency and authenticity at every juncture.
Our vision is to create a large network of volunteers and presenters who will bring these valuable parenting and grandparenting tools to every corner of the world, societal class, every race and religion, so that families of all types can enjoy a transformed and upstream life together.
Want to get involved and change lives?
Presenters are on the front lines of our mission and vision for The 10 Greatest Gifts Project.
Presenters are our front-line team directly serving parents, grandparents and educators. Our presenters find our session sponsors and help attract our audiences. They directly share the 10 greatest gifts tools and concepts in their unique way to profoundly serve and transform families. We carefully select, train, certify and coach dynamic, passionate, and highly dedicated individuals to take the 10 greatest gifts message to the world’s parents, grandparents and educators.
While some candidates may envision a thriving speaking business, other candidates may want to contribute to helping families move upstream on a smaller scale and only hold seminars once or twice a month.
We partner with parents, grandparents and educators to instill priceless qualities and values in our children and future adults. Together, we master and implement our proven 5 tools (Teach, Listen, Model, Message, Focus) and other related tools and concepts. The gifts of qualities and values will be a little different for each family, but some of our favorites are honesty, self-reliance, compassion, confidence and responsibility.
Responsible children grow to be responsible adults, and responsible adults rarely put any sort of economic or social strain on the world.
The most important thing to foster when teaching is student engagement. If students are engaged, they are learning. Using videos (the right kind of video) in the classroom is one aspect of using a multimedia approach or strategy which can truly engage students.
So how do you choose the correct types of videos for your classroom. To truly engage students, a video (or accompaning materials) should require something of the students. Students should be asked to actively think and participate. That is why I’ve created several teaching videos to help teachers engage students during reading instruction – specifically learning (or review of) word families.
How do my word family videos engage students?
First, I’ve created the videos with a cute “Monster Detective” theme! These little colorful monsters are fun and inviting….
Second, I’ve created the videos to directly engage students in the ‘hunt to solve the mystery of finding the correct words‘… After each ‘mystery’ is presented, the video gives students time to think and select the word before showing the correct answer…
(If a teacher believe the student(s) need additional time to solve the mystery than what I have provided, it is easy for the teacher to simply pause the video.)
At the end of the video, students will continue to be engaged as they review all the words in the video…
(As with the earlier segments of the videos, the review section gives students time to think about which word is the correct one! )
Third, to engage students even more, I provide a student workbook that directly corresponds with each video. The student workbook can be used along side the video, after a video is watched, for homework or any way the teacher believes is most appropriate for his/her students!
As of 7/18/19, I’ve created in this Word Family Video series the following:
This WINTER – Snowman – Themed 1st grade Math packet has been designed to use for reinforcement of skills, in math centers, for seat work or to give as homework. Perfect for January or any winter month!
2 digit and 3 digit addition with sums up to 20, 30
Addition of Doubles
Addition of 10’s
Even & Odd
Number words to 19
Comparisons: Greater than / Less than
Comparisons: Tallest/Shortest, Smallest/Largest
Completion of number sentences
Before and After
Graphing – Reading a Graph / Creating Graphs
Reading a Thermometer
Counting Money: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, Quarters (Less than $1.00)
Fractions: Comparing and Recognizing
Can also be used for advanced Kindergarten or remedial 2nd grade.
This NO PREP packet for January has a lot of FUN and engaging activities to keep kids learning during the cold month of January! You do not need to laminate, prep or use any color ink! These activities are perfect for morning work, math centers, homework folders and more!
2 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
2 digit addition word problems
2 digit subtraction (worksheets for ‘no borrow’ and ‘borrowing’)
Mixed addition/subtraction word problems (some worksheets designed in ‘test prep’ format)
Find the missing addend and subtrahend worksheets
3 digit addition (worksheets for ‘no carry’ and ‘carry’)
Roman numerals (I, V, X, L) – identification, conversion, addition
Critical Thinking skill worksheets
Order of Operations
Place Value: Building 3 and 4 digit numbers / Expanding numbers
Skip Counting by 50, 100, 250
Rounding to the nearest 10 and nearest 100
Telling time: nearest hour, half hour, 5 minutes and minutes
Fractions: identifying, comparing and naming
Multiplication: Writing equations
Multiplication word problems
Division word problems
Measurement: Reading a ruler
Geometry: Shape identification (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, pentagon, rectangular prism
Geometry: Vertices, faces, sides, edges
Geometry: Finding the perimeter
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Tomorrow, my son is graduating from college. I’m very proud of him and all of his accomplishments and will be cheering him on as he accepts his diploma. However, he isn’t the only young man I’ll be cheering on tomorrow. You see, one of my son’s best friends will also be walking across the stage to accept his own diploma. A friend with autism.
I’ll call him Ted (not his real name). When I saw Ted for the first time, I could tell something was a little different about him. He was performing on stage in a band in which my son was also a musician. Ted looked different. A little disheveled, it was almost as if he were all alone, playing the bass guitar and losing himself in the music.
Later that year, I heard my son begin to talk about Ted and how some people and at least one adult leader at the university were not begin fair to Ted. I guess you could say Ted was being singled out as being different.
Ted didn’t make it known that he was on the autism spectrum. Why should he? He was a college student like everyone else and he was determined to get his diploma and tomorrow, he will!
College hasn’t been easy for Ted. Social interactions were tough. Friends (good friends) have been few. However, through sheer determination, Ted will walk across that stage tomorrow and accept his diploma!
Why am I sharing this with you? It is because I want to share a story of hope.
Not every child with autism will be able to go to college and achieve what Ted has achieved. However, if you have a son or daughter that has been diagnosed somewhere on the spectrum, don’t ever stop dreaming. They may just achieve more than you can ever imagine.
There are two KEYS that I have discovered to being a successful teacher. Thus far in this series, I’ve covered the first 2 steps needed in the first key….
The First Key to Successful Teaching: Create a positive learning environment. (Part 1) The first step: Become a purposeful role-model. (Part 2) The second step: Have High Expectations
In this article, I will outline the third and final step of creating a positive learning environment: Manage Instructional Time
Just so there are no misunderstandings, for the purpose of this article, instructional time is anytime during the day that a teacher is participating (actively or passively) in student learning. Whether you are presenting a lesson or observing as students work on assignments, this is instructional time because you are in charge of managing the time students are learning.
There are only so many hours of each day for instructional time, so you must maximize (i.e. manage well) the time you have. So how do you do this?
Create good lesson plans that detail exactly what will be covered in each subject and what materials you need.
Review the plans you have made and prepare all materials that you will need (for both yourself and your students).
Create a daily list of everything the students are to accomplish where they can easily refer to it. This can be typed and printed as a handout or written on a whiteboard/chalkboard. This list should include what will be covered for the day in each subject plus any and all homework assignments.
Organize the Physical Learning Environment.
Have your learning area(s) designed to maximize instruction and involvement. If students will need access to specific items or will be participating in cooperative learning, be sure to have the classroom arranged appropriately. If students will need to access additional learning materials, have them in an established place.
Have learning stations ready and learning tools labeled.
Develop Routines and Procedures for transitions.
Transitions can be a time monster, so set up routines and procedures that students learn and are expected to occur during these transitions with little to no prompting from you.
If you have created the daily list of everything to be accomplished by students each day (as I list under ‘Be Prepared’) and set this up as a routine, students who finish early will have the ability to prepare for or even move on to the next assignment or begin homework.
Managing instructional time is all about controlling everything that you can control. There will be interruptions. There will be things that happen that are unexpected. However, with preparation, organization and developed routines and procedures, you will maximize the actual time you spend teaching and the time students spend learning.
In my next article, “Keys to Successful Teaching: Part 4”, I will be revealing the 2nd Key to becoming a successful teacher!
I’ve created a download to help you manage your instructional time – Free Organization & Planning Tools! To get yours, simply complete the form below…