Monthly Archives: February 2012

Slice of Life Challenge-Happy Slicing Eve!

For the last five years Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers have hosted a yearly month-long Slice of Life challenge.  This challenge is near and dear to my heart.  It’s where I really entered the world of blogging.  Starting … Continue reading

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Just Breathe: A Slice of Life

    The weekly Slice of Life is hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  Please join me.         Breathe in, breathe out The air in the room is crackling with excitement and stress. “When are the tests?” “Next … Continue reading

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Are you in the Chicagoland area and planning on attending the ICE conference in St. Charles this week?  Kristin and I will be presenting with our technology coordinator and Apple Distinguished Educator Carolyn Skibba.  We’ll be doing an iPad presentation … Continue reading

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Publishing Poetry on the iPad

We’re in the heart of our unit on poetry.  My students have learned several strategies that poets use including repetition, onomatopoeia, alliteration, visual imagery and line breaks.  This week a few students wanted to draft their poems on the iPad. … Continue reading

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Class Meetings Matter

Class meetings matter.  I understand that sometimes there are not enough minutes in the day. I realize that we have to make choices each week how to best use our instructional time.  After a series of shortened weeks, I feel … Continue reading

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QR Codes that Talk

Say What?  I kind of like it.  Wish you could say more and in a voice not so computerized.  That really creeps kids out…  I would love to use this one in the classroom.  So many possibilities from book reviews … Continue reading

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Starry Night

You know how I love videos…well I love this one.  Spotted this on Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.  Very cool.  Great for a writing lesson, discussion about movement in art, mood, or just chilling out. Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis … Continue reading

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Early Childhood App Review

Ok, so many of you have been asking…what apps are you loving right now in first grade? Here is the “short list.” 20 apps that are (mostly) affordable and exceptionally appropriate for students who are six and seven-years-old. Each day … Continue reading

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What’s Blogging Got To Do With It?

Ok, bad title I know.  But the content is good.  At least I hope it is.  Today I gave my students a survey about blogging.  It’s the first year that I’ve done blogs from the beginning of the year and … Continue reading

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Fantastic Flying Books

Thanks to Teri Lesene @ProfessorNana for sharing this little gem on her twitter feed.  I was positively enchanted by this short film that captures an inner spirit, something unsaid, that every book lover holds inside of them.  Not only is … Continue reading

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Happy Digital Learning Day!

As we celebrate our 1st Digital Learning Day in my classroom, I take a moment to reflect on how significantly technology has changed how I teach and how my students learn. Device preference aside, I am so grateful for all … Continue reading

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Finding Flow In the Writer’s Workshop

I think I’ve finally found a good flow with my cycle of receiving student work and giving them feedback.  This has been especially hard in Writer’s Workshop where I’ve been hemming and hawing about which practices to cling to and … Continue reading

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