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5 Things I’m Taking Back To My Classroom From #ISTE2014

Student Ignite Presentations I loved the Ignite format for presentations and I’m dying to try it with my students.  I can’t think of a better way to coach them to become stronger speakers and presenters. (And stick to a time limit!) … Continue reading

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ISTE 2014

I’ve just finished my very first ISTE conference and wow am I spinning.  So many things to learn, so many smart people to connect with, and so much fun to be had.  Here are a few of my highlights from … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Hibernation with #SHC13 Think Tank!

Those of you that have had a baby will understand when I say that I’ve been in hibernation.  It’s not that I’ve been sleeping my days away, in fact I get less sleep now than I ever have.  My hibernation … Continue reading

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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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Back to the Beginning

Even though it’s October it still feels very much like the beginning of the year.  One of  the first thoughts that many teachers have about their students is “they look so little!”  It’s true.  Those tall confident students that left … Continue reading

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New Way to Help Kids Compose Music?

I love David Warlick’s Video-a-Day blog.  He always finds the most amazing and USEFUL videos.  As I was watching this one below it struck me as a particularly useful tool for teaching kids how to better compose music on Garage … 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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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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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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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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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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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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