Alohomora Spell-Unlocking Our Students’ Potentials

Alohomora Spell-Unlocking Our Students’ Potentials

by Courtney Vincent Special Educator Reading and Writing Teaching is not magic. There is no secret potion or sorcery that can take a student’s weaknesses and make them suddenly disappear. No amount of flicking or swishing of a wizard’s wand can take away the...

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Doug Laczynski, Brehm’s Director of Facilities, and his staff have spent the summer remodeling the bathroom and shower room areas in Dorm 2. The renovations will make the areas more efficient and more private for our students. In addition to the Dorm 2 project, we are...

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Writing

Writing

This week we are searching the galaxy of ideas to writing topics. Using the T-Chart brainstorming strategy, students are searching the galaxy of their minds for their likes/dislikes, typical events/unusual events, and more to create lists of ideas that could later be...

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Reading

Reading

As a class, we are well on our way into some serious research on the planets of our solar system. Using Pages, Google as our search engine, and many bells and whistles to spice up our findings and visuals, the students are learning the most interesting interstellar...

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Math

Math

This week in Math class we discussed ways to count large bodies of objects like all the stars in our galaxy.  We overlapped it with large bodies of water and volume.  The students are working on trusting me and their fellow classmates and gaining the confidence to...

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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

This week, students are being introduced to the LiveScribe Pen, an amazingly liberating note-taking device that this instructor believes might have helped produced more doctors, lawyers, mathematicians and such, had it been around longer than it has. Students were...

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Rocketing

Rocketing

All groups covered safety of construction and during launch.  We inventoried the parts of the model rockets we will build.  We carefully selected the launch location and will begin construction during the next Rocketing session.  The Model rockets will launch over...

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African Drumming

African Drumming

Hollywood, here we come! On Monday, we joined the audience of an exhilarating TEDxHollywood presentation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uB9xzYL1DU), listening to and playing along with Doug Manuel as he explained and demonstrated the appeal and power of the djembe...

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Week 1 – Photography

Week 1 – Photography

Students just finished an introduction of the earliest and latest photographs of human history. Discussion led to what makes a moving or interesting photo. We talked about composition, subject matter, lighting, storytelling within a photo, contrast, starkness, etc.,...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Week 2 July 4th Celebration: Cedar Lake BBQ Fireworks July 6 - 8: Camping & Holiday World Trip July 9: SIU Astronomy SAVE THE DATE July 21 Summer Blast 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Brehm Campus ***All family members are invited to attend*** More details to...

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