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A Reader Shares Their Favorite Educational Website…Check it Out and Let us Know!

One of our readers would like to share their website.  We love to collaborate and share, so check out this webiste and let us know if it was a good recommendation or not…

Dear Unlock the Teacher Team,

I’d like to share our website brightstorm(www.brightstorm.com). We cover most math, science subjects of junior/senior high students, and are going to expand it to other subjects. We have thousands of free high quality videos for every possible textbook topic and practice problems for every topic will be added this summer, too. Also, we’re now developing a convenient tool for teachers to create supplemental materials using our content. All this is and will be free as far as I know(I’m the CEO….). Seeing my daughter’s math teacher recommended our site during her back to school night presentation, I guess it will be helpful for other teachers and students, too.
Thanks!

Bumsoo

Good luck Bumsoo and  Unlock the Teacher LLC team wishes you much success!  We hope many students prosper because of your efforts.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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“It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar A. Guest…Denise Ball’s Favorite Motivational Poem

It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it!
This is by far one of my favorite poems.  I find it so motivational in all aspects of my life…spiritually, physically and mentally.  I am sharing it with you today in hopes that you might share it to offer hope and insight for yourself or a child in your life.
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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Unlock the Teacher Wishes Everyone a Happy Easter

May your weekend be blessed!

The Unlock the Teacher wishes everyone a happy and joy-filled weekend!

This is a wonderful time to regroup and refocus on all that is important to you and your families, your company, your school and all that is around you.  Spring is a time of renewal…may each of us find time for peace and quite. Time to renew that which is exceptional and unique to us so we can truly maximize our potential…for the betterment of our children, our future!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things!

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Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, A Director of Family Medicine at a Beaumont Hospital and a Seasoned Teacher=Great Collaborative Team

Hello World,

Stay tuned as Unlock the Teacher LLC has some great news to share about an upcoming project we will be launching this summer.  We are collaborating with an Education Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, a Director of Family Medicine at a William Beaumont Hospital. We have completed a needs assessment, we are working with groups of educators and parents, and we have listened to all the wonderful input given.  We cannot wait to share with you.

More details will be coming soon…

May your weekend be filled with adventure,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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A Review of “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury

Once they got past their differences, they could be friends...imagine!

Given that my little people are on Spring break, we made the most of it today.  We had a playdate and visited our local library.  Our family just loves the library and views it as a magical place, full of many adventures, just waiting to be explored.  While at the library we discovered that we could check out Wii games…for free and for a few days at a time.  At the same time, I found myself amazed and grateful.

What a wonderful way for audiences young and old to try out new games and new yoga poses for the Wii 🙂 I was so thrilled by this awesome discovery, I felt the need to share it with all of you. 

The other treasure we found while at the library, was a book called, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, written by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury.  My daughter and I shared so many laughs over this tonight.  The vocabulary is excellent; some words were challenging for my daughter to sound out and there were a couple of words she did not know meaning. I utilized these words as great teachable moment tools.

Scholastic offers a free lesson plan for parents and teachers to use with children provided by Michelle Higgens, a third grade teacher.  Given the lexicon used in this book, I would recommend for grades 1-3.  This would be a great resource to use when teaching/discussing bullying and differences with child/student.

I hope everyone runs out to their local library and reads this book…funny, cute and a tool to learn from.

Have a great night and happy reading! 

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Check Out Two Great Sites for Creating Free Apps

When we travel into middle and high schools to teach our “How To ePublish for Teens” Workshop, when we talk about Angry Birds and the successful business plan behind it, one of the main questions asked is where can one develop free apps online.  There is a plethora of sites.  We posted two sites on our Facebook page, that provide a detailed step-by-step process. 

For all of the students who read our blog, we thank you and appreciate all your input.  However, please do not utilize any of the free app, free publish websites alone if under 18 years of age.  Have some fun and create with a parent or parent’s approval…be smart and safe!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Thank You for All the Support of Literacy Campaign in March

 
 
We are working on our calendar of events for next school year now.  If you or your school would like to have us come in and provide one of the many workshops we offer, please let us know so we can pencil you in.
 
 
We love hearing from you and sharing your ideas too.  We are creating a massive resource section on our website for educational and non-profit grants.  We will be launching this information in April.  If you or your school has a great Best Practice to share or is in need of information, we would love to hear from you.  It is through the sharing of knowledge and positive collaboration, that we will create a better tomorrow for our children, our future!
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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Check Out These Free Educational Webinars

Discover the teacher within @ http://www.unlocktheteacher.com...sketch by Katie Hall @ Gumdrop Dezigns

Regardless if we are working  in a public or private school, everyone is talking about budget cuts.  One of our goals at Unlock the Teacher LLC is to help find resources for those who play a role in the life of a child.  As an educator myself, I know how hard it is to want to stay current, learn new strategies and to have a toolbox of resources to use in the classroom with students and out of the classroom to help create engaging differential lessons.  The following article contains  a list of free webinars I found interesting and educational.  I pulled these webinars from two of my favorite educational sites: PBS Teachers LIVE! and ASCD..Learn.Teach.Lead.  One new find that might prove to be a beneficial resource is Thinkfinity, a Verizon sponsored site.

Spring into Action with free Webinars for Teachers and Parents a suite101 article by Denise Ball

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

& the rest of the Unlock the Teacher Team…

Trisha and Sue say hi too 😉

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Six Attitudes of High Achievers…Are You a High Achiever?

Our Unlock the Teacher LLC team enjoys sharing the good we find in all things. Today I read a great article I found on my bookcase in a Franklin/Covey’s Seven Habits Organizer on Noe’s, Peak Performance Principles.

NOTE: Organizer belongs to my husband 😉 and I am just realizing that it is chuck-full of great inspirational and leadership advice…various inserts that he has pulled out of his planner for the last six years to make one awesome reference tool!

Noe breaks down the attitudes he correlates to those who are high achievers into six easy steps:

  1. High achievers make no small plans. Although he states that big plans attract big people, he reminds his reader that a high achiever recognizes the small everyday choices that build the cornerstone for the big plans.
  2. High achievers are willing to do what they fear. “You don’t conquer fear with clichés, but with action.”  Personally, I love this.  When I was stationary in one classroom, I always had the Latin phrase, acte non verbe on my wall; it quickly became class motto.  Noe states, “That fear is fraud and that only 8% of our fears are legitimate.”
  3. High achievers are willing to prepare. We all can organize, plan and prepare for situations or events in our life, but Noe stresses that the high achiever, “gets more excited about what they are becoming than what they have done.”
  4. High achievers are willing to risk failure. “Failure is not the enemy of success.  It is the teacher-a harsh teacher, but the best if you are going to be a high achiever…you must learn to “fail” your way to high achievement.”  Imagine if we taught this to our children, our students…what a great lesson to learn early in life.  It could help individuals deal with or look at depression, stress and the plethora of negative influences we encounter daily, in a more positive fashion.
  5. High achievers are teachable. Noe explains in this article, that a high achiever seeks knowledge, spends time reading, observing and listening to those around them.  When I was in the Army, the Drill Sergeants in basic training would often say/ or yell ;-), “If you see another soldier doing something right, adopt it and make it your own.”
  6. High achievers have heart. This point stresses that when we look at the plot in great literature, we usually find conflict.  However, unlike literature, the conflict that often occurs in our lives usually does not have a detailed rising action, which hints to what is ahead…it just happens, in a flash of a second and we either crumble or inhale and rise to meet it head on.  Noe expresses in this piece, that he feels that it is during these times of conflict in our lives that we can be propelled to our highest goals…if only we demonstrate courage, persistence and perspective.

If I did not find the six detailed attitudes for high achievers motivating, Noe’s last paragraph in the article definitely did it for me.  To describe the algorithm (If I used this word incorrectly, please let me know 😉 of achievement, Noe utilizes the analogy of mountain climbing.  A mountain climber would not go from peak to peak, they would reach peak, travel down again, to experience the thrill of a new adventure with climbing up to another peak.  I found this analogy motivating and a visual reminder I can use when encountering a stressful situation.

If we dedicate ourselves over and over again to the goal of climbing one peak to the next…resisting the urge to become discouraged by the task-every one of us can become a high achiever. ~John R. Noe, Peak Performance

Have a great weekend and may we all continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise 🙂

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