Monthly Archives: April 2011

Kid Blogging Update

Well we’re in week two of the blogging adventure in my class.  Only one student has opted out thus far.  Overall I’ve been really impressed with the posts my students have generated.  But, I’ve been more impressed with the thoughtful … Continue reading

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Thinking About Culture

I spent last week in Greece visiting family for Easter.  I’ll tell ya, the Greeks go all out for this holiday and I was touched and amazed at the deep traditions passed down through the generations.  It made me think … Continue reading

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Been wondering why I haven’t been posting? It’s because I’m here. Be back next week.

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Text to Speech

Did you know that Pages has a text to speech function?  I just discovered it.  Highlight the text, control click, pick speech-start speaking.  I love this.  Do you know why?  Because I think it would be a great editing and … Continue reading

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Student Bloggers

There have been many posts about the benefits of blogging with students.  On the Langwitches Blog Slivia talks about a variety of concerns and things to think about when beginning blogging with students.  She also lists more resources, which I … Continue reading

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Doing the Work of Readers

I often find that this time of year I have to go back and revisit a lot of the structures that have been put in place.  Last week I did a lesson that expressed the importance of WHY we leave … Continue reading

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The Power of Feedback

How often do you give your students feedback?  Today, as I was reading some poems that my students had hung up in their writing spaces, I decided that I would post a comment on each one with a post-it.   Each … Continue reading

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NCTE Here I Come

I just found out yesterday that our session for the NCTE convention was approved and that I will be presenting at the 2011 conference in Chicago.  I’m very excited to present and to view as I know there are going … Continue reading

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I’ve been finding a lot of inspirational videos lately.  Messages of hope.  Here’s another one, in one of my favorite formats…flash mob. (It is my secret dream to be in a flash mob.)

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The Money Tree

What would happen if money really did grow on trees?  What would happen if you asked your students this question?  How do you think they would respond?  I saw this video over at A Year of Reading and I just … Continue reading

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Writing, Photography, and the Classroom

I love taking photographs.  If you’ve ever looked at my other blog you will see a wide collection of weird photos from around my neighborhood.  Recently, I used photography to help me think of ideas for the month long Slice … Continue reading

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Video Inspiration

I originally saw this on Tom Whitby’s blog over at the Educator’s PLN.  I just had to post it.  I LOVE this.

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What If We Tried This?

  I just found a new book title that I can’t wait to read.  It’s called Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy.  It’s the story of a girl with a cleft palate growing up in Afghanistan.  I’m thinking this … Continue reading

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While I’m On A Roll About Book Clubs

I’m putting together a new grant on Donors Choose for some new titles that I’ve found.  When I choose books for student book clubs there are few things that I take into careful consideration. How challenging is this title?  How … Continue reading

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