My colleagues and I at Nature Explore have a variety of workshops to offer on diverse aspects of connecting children with nature, and supporting the adults who do so. Check them out at natureexplore.org.

Rethinking ADHD

In this provocative article, author Susie Garlick notes, “ADHD children are not horrible, undisciplined or unruly children, we have just created a world that no longer allows them to fit inside the box…All children need rules, routines and expectations to feel safe and secure, but we must stop setting them up for failure and begin helping them succeed.”

Promoting Self-Regulation in the First Five Years

Self-regulation is how we manage our feelings, energy level and thoughts in productive ways that help us stay connected with others and focused on goals in spite of challenges or disruptions.
Read this summary of findings on self-regulation from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It’s one of a series of five briefs on self regulation.

Documenting Learning in New Zealand

Educators in New Zealand have a number of qualitative ways to document student learning, from infants onward, including "Learning Stories" and more. Examples of Documenting Learning Anecdotal evidence, gathered from observations, evidence from formative assessment tasks, student or parent voice - all are valid ways of identifying areas where students may need modified instruction. Gathering evidence about student achievement serves two roles in a teaching inquiry. It helps...

VoiceThread Redux

I think I mentioned VoiceThread before - the marvelous web site that lets you present a slide show and record comments, captions & doodles. The other innovation of VoiceThread is you can invite others to comment as well, creating a visually guided dialog about... well, anything. One of my favorites: See also Kenya Escape, the incredibly powerful story of one family's experience in Kenya, during the election upsets...

ATMac – Assistive Technology for Mac OS X Users

ATMac is a blog that offers news, reviews and opinions on assistive technology for Mac OS X, by Ricky Buchanan who is himself an avid Mac and AT user.  Organized by type of user, for example "text-to-speech users," or "deaf users," or "primary switch users," and by audience ("content producers," "developers," "edcuators," "users"), you can quickly find relevant entries.Bottom line - direct, honest info and reviews about state-of-the-art...

More Podcasting Links

Create Your Own Podcast - A step-by-step tutorial on podcasting from About.com Educational Podcasting - Extensive list of podcasting resources, from Gary Stager. Links to tutorials, articles and tools. PoducateMe - Practical Solutions for Podcasting in Education Gcast - Create your own audio broadcast online, where you can easily record voice messages, mix in your favorite music, and share it all for the world to hear. Includes 'Podcasting...

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