Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Digital Learning Day

Today is the Writing Project's first Digital Learning Day, and I have a whole menu of activities planned. My students will start off with a mouthwatering breakfast of Edmodo where they will complete their character analysis of Billy from Where the Red Fern Grows. They have been asked to respond to the following prompt: What inferences can you make about Billy's personality? Use an example to explain your answer. The students are then required to reply to someone else's response. Since they are sixth-graders and love to socialize, this activity will certainly wake them up.
The students will have a midmorning snack of multi-genre research reports. They are currently researching information on their self-selected topics. They are using paraphrasing skills to gather information in order to create online magazine articles. We have been feasting on online mentor text feature magazine articles for the last few weeks, so they have been able to collect ideas about design, graphics, and craft.
I will be trying a new recipe for the afternoon meal and hope it will complement our iPads. During social studies, the students will be using to create presentations about Hinduism and Buddhism. I have seen this format used by other teacher chefs and am looking forward to watching my students use it to synthesize their knowledge of world religions.
My students will have a full belly of digital learning by the end of the day. However, unlike other excessive calorie consumption, I can rest assured that today's technology-based learning will be well digested and satisfying.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Article from Susan

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 30

Don't forget to read Zwiers, Chapters 3-5, and to be ready to discuss student samples or classroom applications tried and tested
Looking forward to another great conversation!

Study Group Minutes from December

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Study Group Minutes from November

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Study Group Session, Dec. 5th

Hello, everyone! We're looking forward to our session this coming Saturday. Just to remind you, we've agreed to read Chapter Two of Zwiers and to be ready to discuss something we've implemented in the classroom with regards to Brick and Mortar words. Can't wait to hear what you've been up to!

Sunday, November 8, 2009 Update

More thanks to Christine! We can now share and upload files through our account,

I've used it to upload the Annotating Texts article as a full PDF file in the posting below and I've also uploaded part of my collection of protocols that I know some of you are curious about. Please keep an eye on your email for our guest password information. When you get the chance, I'd appreciate it if you'd try to log in and let me know what happens... I'm still navigating this new entity.