Update on Paul

After another week in the hospital being told the worst. Paul has gone through a second surgery removing the cancerous mass that had grown back. We are being told that with the right treatment of radiation and chemotherapy that Paul may have a solid shot of being around a while longer. We are hopeful for having him around as long as possible and are very glad to have him back. Please keep our family in your prayers. There’s still a long road ahead and Paul is a fighter. He’s young enough where the surgeons feel there’s a good chance of getting this under control. Thank-you for your comments and support.


Please keep Paul in your prayers

It is with a heavy heart I write this next post. Though there’s only a total of 15 followers I am writing to update anyone that may read Pauls blog to inform you that he was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer. It is extremely aggressive and fast growing so with that being said we do not have much time left to spend with him. His first round in the ICU the surgeon operated and successfully removed 85 to 90% of the tumor. Since then it has grown back bigger in size in 59329_1575331190092_6623247_nless than a month. He is still with us for the time being so any kind words written are greatly appreciated. it would mean the world to Paul and our family during  this hard time.

I will continue to monitor this blog for your responses as well as update anyone that has questions.

For anyone that would like to send some kind words on a card or flowers the address is included below as well as a link to his facebook.

Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway
Littleton, CO 80122
Paul Anthony Silli Room # 562 ICU

Paul’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.silli

What is scope and sequence?

By Paul Silli

Scope-and-SequenceFor educators scope and sequence has you create a plan where you list specific ideas that will be taught with outlined objectives. Your objectives should follow a higher order thinking practice such as Blooms Taxonomy.

The activities presented are in a sequential-list and are often rubric scored. The lessons can be in the form of products that are made in-or-out of class by learners and the activities should be grade level and age appropriate.

= I read an article by Clemons Education.org and learned scope and sequence looks different depending on the grade level or resource used. For example, some teachers may create and publish a website that has a list of projects for learners to accomplish in a step-by-step process. This is the type of scope and sequence I use with my technology students. I put my objectives on an overhead in a table for all of my students to see. This way my students know what they have completed and also know what work they still need to do.

“The value of the scope and sequence” helps determine whether a particular product is appropriate for a student because you use the list format for an entire grading semester.The projects should be grade-level directed and listed from beginner’s level to more advanced skill sets…

Sometimes scope and sequence is tied to individual lessons, providing specific details about what you will cover, and when you will teach a subject. It helps you maintain structure and organization.

To see scope and sequence lesson plans visit: sample s/se

Teaching students with Asperger’s Syndrome

have-fun-teachingBy Paul Silli

According to OAR (Organization for Autism Research), there are many strategies a teacher can use to be successful when working with students who have asperger’s.

First, allow “extra-time” for your kids to complete assignments. Don’t rush your class and establish an easy-going pace. Try to minimize class changes because students who have asperger’s favor set routines within their academic and social engagements.

It also is essential to know that students who have asperger’s are prone to be “visual learners.” Offer many “hands-on” activities with pictures/graphics and show them what they need to learn. Kinesthetic learning is vital for understanding.

You should keep your language simple… Avoid complex dialog – unless learning a new term is the objective. To introduce new words use visual aids and examples.

If there is a need to change your class — tell your kids why things are changing. Take the time to explain why you are going in a different direction and review any new goals. This will ease tension.

With any successful teaching approach — be sure to offer a lot of positive feedback and reassurance to your students. All kids need consistent monitoring to stay focused and on track.

Actively keep your students parents informed about their child’s progress. If you have parental support your students will do great. To create a comfortable class environment you could have items placed around your room that represent a topic or display characteristics that are interesting to you. Kids love getting to know their teacher — so share things about yourself that make you approachable and friendly.

Additionally, collaborate with your peers. You will learn a lot by asking what your fellow teachers are doing in their classrooms.

Finally, try to prevent behavior outbursts or “meltdowns” by creating a stress-free class. Prevention through the use of appropriate academic, environmental, social and sensory support systems are effective. Be aware that you will have behavior issues; but if you are calm and fair your problems will be minimal. 🙂

Common Core

CommonCoreLGBy Paul Silli

Common Core, established by the nation’s governors and education commissioners — ads state and federal standards for K12 students that defines how learners should be taught and what subjects they should know to prepare them for college and beyond.

According to Core Standard.Org, states and districts recognize the need for new support materials available to teach students with a special emphasis in English Language Arts and Mathematics. To implement the standards each state has authority to decide “exactly” what type of materials will be used. This state initiative allows for a lot of leeway.

Common Core has six main standard areas. Students are to gain…
1. Research and evidence based skills
2. Understand and have clear, consistent communication
3. Be aligned with college preparation and career expectations
4. Acquire rigorous content in the development of higher-order thinking skills
5. Head learning that is built upon the strengths and lessons of “current” state standards
6. And be informed by top-performing countries to prepare students for success in our global economy and society

Many states have started testing to evaluate where students are in acquiring these skills… new instructional content is underway. There also seems to be a lot of controversy about its purpose. (?)

Core Knowledge

By Paul Silli

The Core Knowledge Sequence (CKS) founded in 1978 by scholar Eric D. Hirch, is effective when lessons taught create new experiences for students while drawing on what they already know.

Students learn when they are given engaging content. Curriculum that consists of using technology and other “Kinesthetic” activities that builds from one grade to the next — increases learning outcomes. The heart of curriculum should be directed at improving: listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with learners. A fundamental question to ask is: “What do students need to know?” This can be connected to a learners prior knowledge.

Teachers should become flexible when writing lessons. It is essential to avoid the standard memorization of facts and dates — and focus more on the wider scope of learning. The Core Knowledge Sequence is designed to encourage steady growth as students develop problem-solving skills on a year-by-year basis.

→ For example, what 7th grade students learned about the pros & cons of the Bill of Rights should be reviewed and expanded on when they enter 8th grade. This will establish a strong foundation of learning. Understanding the Bill of Rights is key— however, knowing how the laws pertain to a person’s life is even more valuable.

The Core Knowledge Sequence is a proven methodology. For more info click: Books on Core Knowledge

Why own a dog? Lifelong learning

By Paul Silli

Mini Schnauzer

Mini Schnauzer

It’s simple. Owning a dog or any animal that you can pet offers your family many lifelong experiences. Pets provide opportunities for your kids to learn “hands-on” responsibilities in caring, loving and maintaining the life of another. After all, pets rely on you to give them a happy, safe home. Owning a dog can also help your kids develop character building skills.

Here are some other key-benefits to owning a dog:

  1. Regular dog-walking improves fitness for the whole family.
  2. Dog-walking increases social interactions because you will meet other dog owners.
  3. Walks help you to forget the daily worries of life… your dog will make you smile.
  4. Dogs provide you with a real sense of emotional well-being.
  5. Dog owners are generally healthier than non-pet owners.
  6. Dog ownership helps people to recover from personal trauma, such as grief.
  7. Dog owners generally have reduced blood pressure because patting a dog relieves stress.
  8. Owning a dog provides you with a loyal and loving companion. You are never alone. 🙂

If you are considering adopting a dog please be ready to make a serious commitment. Ownership is not part-time… it is a perpetual journey. To help you find a dog visit: Pet Finder