During testing we have homeroom students… basically the students who are waiting for their test time. Here’s what a group of my homeroom students created today. I’m incredibly proud of the work that went into creating this short.
the (book) supplier: Welcome to An Allusion in a Minute. Today’s allusion is from literature and is entitled Frankenstein or The Destruction of a Creator. I am the (book) supplier. the (book) supplier: So before we get started I have a few rules. typewriter: seriously? rules? you need to relax. the (book) supplier: No, these … Continue reading
This is my new project. I’ve wanted to create educational content for a wider audience than my students for a while, and this is the manifestation of that desire. I hope you enjoy it and/or find it to be useful. The plan is to update this series on Wednesdays as videos are complete. If you … Continue reading
After a rocky start, which I’m not really going to talk about here — I’ve done enough frustrated complaining about the issues — our Book of the Month initiative is in full swing. This month, we’re reading Wonder by R. J. Palacio as a way to connect with Bullying Awareness Month. The accompanying question asks readers … Continue reading
This idea came from a number of sources. There was this TEDx talk by a teacher who turned his science class into a game, plus the reading I did from Reclaiming Reading on conferencing with students, and the conversations I’ve taken part in and watched in my Twitter PLN. The heart of the project, or the … Continue reading
For the second year in a row, I attended the Model Schools Conference put on by ICLE. This year, there was one session that almost everyone from my building attended, which made the reading specialist in me very happy. It was a session on reading young adult literature across the curriculum. Teaching reading across the … Continue reading
For the last three days, my students and I have been talking about what we do when we read. I’m reluctant to call it “the reading process” because process implies that there are steps to making meaning, rather than a give and take transaction between the reader and the text. Specifically, we’ve been talking about … Continue reading
How’s that for alliteration? Every Wednesday, during our prepratory hours at school, teachers meet with their professional learning teams. It’s like the in-school version of a PLN, really. The PLTs have become similar to a mini-staff meeting every week, where we go over policy, are given news updates (like NM received a waiver for NCLB), … Continue reading
This is via Don Zancanella from the University of New Mexico. I’ve been hanging onto this one for a while – my scanner wasn’t working. I think what he has to say about the Common Core standards is important for teachers to know.
I had an opportunity to participate in a Round Robin Review activity in a training I attended a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the activity so much that I brought it back to school and used it last week with my students. The results were pretty awesome. Here’s how it works: