Monthly Archives: May 2011

Crazy

Last week was crazy.  I mean crazy, crazy.  On Friday I did a model lesson and then participated in an hour long debrief with 15 teachers and Educational Guru, Smokey Daniels.  Crazy.  (I was a fill in, some teachers did … Continue reading

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A Slice of Tuesday

It’s cool, not cold. Sunny, not raining…for a change. I’m maintaining my inner peace today. Although chaos abounded at school today, I was a still pool inside.   It was like a I was in a weird non emotional state of … Continue reading

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Making A Work Plan

When kids work in small groups things can go well or things can go wrong.  One of the ways that you can help them collaborate and be good team members to each other while promoting responsibility among and to the … Continue reading

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Collaboration

Have you heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, but who you know?”  Perhaps, as teachers, we would change that phrase to say something like “We want you to know a lot but if you can’t work with others … Continue reading

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Lingro

Here’s a neat little tool that will help students of all ages with the readability of text on the internet.  It’s called Lingro and it turns any web page into a clickable document so that you can get a definition … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Clubs?

A while ago I wrote a post about using Edmodo for classroom discussions.  When I started this round of book clubs I decided to involve an Edmodo component.  I formed small groups for each of the books and asked students … Continue reading

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The Calm Before The Storm

This morning is perfect.  Birds chirping, a soft breeze that promises to bring a bit of warm air our way, and a forecast calling for 70 and sunny later today.  I go through my morning routines in the classroom.  Turn … Continue reading

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A Matter of Time

Time.  A teacher’s greatest enemy.  What we could only accomplish if we had time.  I was asked to fill in as a demonstration teacher next week for a very amazing Literacy Institute that some of my coworker cooked up.  Essentially … Continue reading

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I Have Yet Another Blog Crush

I found this one poking around Classroom 2.0.  Katy Scott’s blog Stretch Your Digital Dollar is a MUST READ for any teacher who is looking to use technology.  So that’s basically every teacher. (Seriously, if you aren’t using technology I’m … Continue reading

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Getting Out Of The Classroom…Virtually

I don’t know what taking a field trip is like in your district but in ours you could be buried in paperwork until Summer before you can get out of the building.   I mean, I still consider myself lucky.  Hey, … Continue reading

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Finding Your Reflection

When you look in the teaching mirror you may not recognize the person standing in front of you.  Years pass.  We become wiser, more practiced, more effective, more seasoned, more skeptical, and sadly sometimes more jaded.  Surroundings are everything.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Book Clubs Rebooted

It’s that time again.  Time for a new round of book clubs.  This time we are studying the work of Jerry Spinelli and students will read at least two novels with two different groups.  I’ve made a few changes this … Continue reading

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People Read Stuff You Put On The Internet

Yesterday my students realized this for the first time.  We’ve been blogging in response to literature lately using kidblogs.  You can read some of my other posts about it here and here. When I set up our kidblogs I chose … Continue reading

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Using Edmodo for Classroom Discussions

For those of you who haven’t taken a foray into Edmodo yet you might want to check it out.  It’s basically a modified Facebook for classroom use.  The teacher has a great deal of control and can establish various groups … Continue reading

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A Great New Blog to Read

There are a host of great teachers out there!  If you’ve found this blog you probably already follow many teacher blogs.  Here is a newer one that I’ve been reading.  Jenny is also a teacher in Chicago and has been … Continue reading

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