Speakers Series: Dr. Abigail Baird (The Teen Brain)
Monday, June 3, 2019
By Courtney White
Parents and guardians know it is hard to watch your child be in a risky situation. Dr. Abigail Baird, who researches the brain and behavioral basis of adolescent development, gave an impassioned and humorous talk Tuesday, May 9th as part of the Mind Science Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series. In her talk Dr. Baird explained that while it is difficult for parents to watch their kids struggle or even fail in attempting new skills, the struggle is instrumental for children to learn and ultimately succeed. This valuable lesson can also be view more
Focus on the Now: The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
By Chase Fordtran
At some point, every school teacher has struggled to get a classroom full of rowdy students to settle down, calm their minds, and focus. Or has had to march a misbehaving student to the principal’s office. But is there an easier way to refocus a room full of students or a better alternative to sending a student to detention? There may be thanks to mindfulness meditation.
What is mindfulness meditation? The term ‘mindfulness’ view more
7 Tips to Help Teachers Reduce Stress
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
By Chase Fordtran
We know that most teachers are overloaded with STAAR testing, grading, and other classroom related activities. So, we put together a go-to list of 7 helpful tips for reducing stress. Check them out below:
On Tuesday, March 19thTELA teachers and guests attended the first installment of the 2019 Mind Science Foundation Speaker Series. Jaron Lanier, one of the fathers of Virtual Reality (VR), shared his experiences about the development of VR. He provided insight into the development of motion capture bodysuits, used in the ’80s and ’90s. These suits enabled coders to create view more
A Unique Way to get your Teaching Mojo Back!
Monday, January 28, 2019
By Ramon Gleason
Ever feeling like it is the same old routine in your class or campus? Well, attending our TELA/VBTA supported Science Nights might be a way to get your teaching chops a shot in the arm.
Over the last year, I have attending and been a part of science nights at campuses all over the San Antonio area. It is a fresh aspect of what we do as teachers. We get stuck in a rut with our day in and day out routine at our own campus. But, going to these different campuses and seeing the excitement and wonder of the students that come by our view more
Using Data to Track Student Progress in the Inclusive Classroom
Thursday, January 10, 2019
By Shaunna Garner
It is no secret that teachers are pressured to consistently raise student test scores from year to year. Teachers may have previously identified students in their classroom that require special services, or specific accommodations in accordance with an individual education plan. In addition to these students, teachers may also have an at-risk student population that has been identified by past performance on standardized assessments. All of our special education students, at-risk students, and remainder of the general education view more
EYE-ing ideas from our TEI web page when cooped in class during testing
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
By Ramon Gleason
It is an issue that comes up for some special education classes when your campus is locked down for testing and you need to keep your students engaged and quiet. Trying to find an activity that is engaging and relevant to my student was a little difficult. I had the opportunity to carrying material from one of our science night activities that involved eye health. Using that as a stepping stone, I was able to create a short lesson that blossom into a three week activity for my special needs students.
If you’re like me, you are constantly trying to find new ways to use less paper in the classroom, and still be able to document student learning! I have accepted that technology advances every day and my students will forever be within arm length of a mobile device. I recently attended a session at our district’s Tech Camp, and discovered Seesaw, and it can be used at any K-12 level.
Seesaw is a great tool teachers can use to help empower parents and the community to stay in-tune with what students are doing in the classroom! view more
Make Money for Your Classroom
Thursday, October 4, 2018
By Christine Ziese
Have you ever thought, “You know it would be really nice to be able to get that app for my classroom,” or “I wish our department could afford that equipment.”? Grants allow teachers to be able to secure funds for their wish list of apps, equipment, supplies or other materials needed for that department or school funds are not able to be allocated for.
Many teachers hear the word grant and are intimidated because they feel it will be a high-level process. Grants do not have to be scary. It is important to keep in mind a few view more