Category Archives: Literacy

My New Challenge

My school, which was built on the cheap in the early sixties, is about to get a major overhaul this summer. Part of that is going to include a new state-of-the-art wireless internet system. That’s great news. However (don’t you … Continue reading

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Reading More to Read Better … What a Concept!

I shared a Reading / Writing lesson a few weeks back and for several reasons I decided to do a bit of an update post. For one it has ended up being a great addition to the “Free Reading” program … Continue reading

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One Reason We Blog – Finding and Clarifying Misconceptions

As my students were writing today about yesterday’s experience with Alan, I caught several misconceptions students had about what we had learned. One student explained, for example, that the reason Iceland isn’t as cold as one would think, based on … Continue reading

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Our Blog Video – How We Blog and Why, Is In Production

Besides video-Skyping today with new friends in Florida we started doing the real work of making a video about how we blog. Last Friday we started brainstorming all the steps we go through and then breaking it down into scenes. … Continue reading

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WritingFix.Com Gets A Face-lift!

I’m currently teaching a 15 hour class combining writing, field trips and web 2.0 apps to teachers mainly from my school district. Under pressure to come up with a title for the class a few years ago I said to … Continue reading

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Staying Connected

One of the tough things about teaching at an “At Risk” school is the turnover. In the last 4 weeks we gained a new non-English speaking student and lost 3  (almost 4) students. I’m rolling my current class to fifth … Continue reading

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Why Spend The Time To Teach Research, Critical Thinking and Social Networking Skills?

I received the following email today: “Please pass this along to anyone you know, this needs to get out in the open. Recently Marines over in Iraq supporting this country in OIF wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let … Continue reading

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Fun And Motivation With FD’s Flickr Tools

Years ago I came up with an idea for a writing prompt that I felt was pretty “schema neutral“-  all kids would have experience enough to be able to write a story about this prompt. I call it “A Day … Continue reading

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Posts Worth Noting

Doug Noon has 2 great posts – “Scientifically Based Reading Research Wars” and “The Might-Work Clearinghouse” that are way worth the time. Doug has done his research and does a great job of laying out the issues and the research … Continue reading

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One : One Laptop Ramblings

Miguel started this conversation – Tom and Doug have jumped in … here are my ramblings: How important or “worth it” are laptops, or any other technology? How valuable they are as learning tools should be the decider of how … Continue reading

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