Category Archives: Research Workshop

Connecting Comprehension and Technology

You may have noticed our lack of posts lately.  There are two good reasons for that.  1) Mini Literacyspark has been keeping Katie very busy.  2) We’ve been writing a book.  Whaaaaaat!?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve strayed out of the … Continue reading

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We are bloggers!

Currently, each student in my class hosts a blog on Kidblogs.org.  Kidblogs is a safe and easy blogging site for students.  There are various settings that allow the teacher to manage visibility and access. Each child enters his or her … Continue reading

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Going Public With Learning

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids Organized During Inquiry

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Focusing on Process (not just product)

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Collaboration!

This post is part of my series on our two and half week inquiry for Explore More.  You can read other posts in the series here and here. I really wanted to write this post today to demonstrate that things … Continue reading

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A Big Day for Big Learning! Active Agents in a Digital World!

What a great day in first grade! We had a big day of learning and saw exactly how our thinking matters in the larger community. Way to live a curious life first graders! Each Wednesday we follow Wonderopolis.org and engage in our … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with Questioning

A few posts back I wrote about starting our Explore More projects.  Over the last few days Michelle and I have been guiding the students in coming up with a wide variety and range of questions to spark their interests. … Continue reading

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Yes I’ve just drunk the Pinterest Koolaid.  It’s soooo good.  I’m going to use it to collect teaching resources both technology and non technology related.  Feel free to follow me. : )

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Sara Kajder & Teri Lesesne

If you’ve attended a national conference like NCTE, you know how tricky it is to plan your daily schedule to maximize your conference experience and see all the speakers on your “must see” list.  Especially at NCTE–many people I wanted … Continue reading

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Splitscreen: A Love Story

Thanks to @Briankotts for this video!  Splitscreen: A Love Story is the winner of the Nokia shorts competition 2011.  As I was watching this it made me think about how it’s important that students examine multiple perspectives in all subjects.  … Continue reading

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Thinking Things Through

I’m in the process of revamping my Social Studies units using Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design 2.0 Template.  If you’ve read and used their work before you know the value in “backmapping” your instruction.  If you haven’t read any … 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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Explore More Day

6:30 am and I’m drinking a gallon of coffee.  I had an anxiety dream about Explore More last night.  Although it’s the students who are on the stage today I know it’s my job to help them look good.  Student … Continue reading

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Checking In

Sometimes when students are working on inquiry projects it can feel a little bit like you are the stage coach driver of a runaway carriage led by wild horses careening down the side of a mountain.  Ok, maybe that’s a … Continue reading

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Knee Deep In It

We are a mere week and a half away from our Explore More day.  This means we are knee deep in inquiry projects.  I think the scariest part about letting students branch out (for many teachers)  is the turning over … Continue reading

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Organizing for Inquiry

Last week I had students fill out a google form which asked them to list the three books they were most interested in and the inquiry questions that they had come up with for those books. This serves as a … Continue reading

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Inspiration On A Wednesday

Watching this video really inspired me this morning. The way that the students talk about their passion for this project warmed my heart. Not only that but the depth of learning that they are experiencing is impressive. Talk about the … Continue reading

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Real World Revolutions

I’m back to the beginning of my American Revolution unit with the other group of 5th graders this week.  Focusing on social studies has really enabled me to evaluate my units and experiment with different learning activities.  One of my … Continue reading

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Creating and Keeping an Inquiry Notebook

Last year I started an Inquiry Notebook.  Truthfully, it started with the notebook itself.  I received an interesting notebook that had been converted from an old text book.   It seemed really special and I wanted it to have a special … Continue reading

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