Archive for October, 2012

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Geofest

One of the sessions that I attended at Geofest was about a program called World Savvy. The program focuses on project-based/inquiry learning with an emphasis on creating global competency within students. I thought the program sounded really interesting and it would be something that I would incorporate within my own classroom. The website where you […]

Technology Early College High School

Check out this article. It is about a college prep high school in New York. They take an interesting perspective on college preparation. The article is entitled: At Technology High School, Goal Isn’t to Finish in 4 Years http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/nyregion/pathways-in-technology-early-college-high-school-takes-a-new-approach-to-vocational-education.html?ref=education&_r=0

The Other Wes Moore

Have any of you read the book “The Other Wes Moore”? It was the reading in common book for Gustavus freshmen this year, so both of my roommates (greeters) had to read it. They both loved it and suggested that I read it, so I did. I just finished it yesterday (it was a quick […]

Key Idea

This is piggy-backing off of my last post a little, but go with it! A key idea that we have discussed in Valerie’s class is that a piece of writing can always be edited and revised. In a way this is saying that a piece is never complete, never perfect. In your opinion, how true […]

Discussion Question

Ok, this WILL turn into a discussion question, I promise! But here is one more piece that I wrote. Ewing’s Sarcoma – Say, what does that mean? Gray clouds drifted in the sky that day; leftover snow and ice crusted the ground, frost covered the grass. As all the other fourth graders exploded out of […]

And it felt like joy…

Hi guys, here is another one I wanted you to see. This is based off my visits to the assisted living homes here in Saint Peter. And it felt like joy… The door opens and the scent of old books wafts up to greet me. I walk through the dimly lit hallways to your room, […]

endless time

Hi all! This is a post just for fun. I enjoy writing in my free time, so this is a poem that I wrote up. Hope you enjoy! endless time there is a place where time is endless there is a place with no punctuation no capitalization or at least we do not notice it […]

Good Behavior Management?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/20/alex-kindopp-iowa-mother-_n_1992679.html This news report is about a teacher who had the class spit on one of the students because he was spitting himself. The class circled around him and “spit away.” She is now on leave as they investigate the situation. I know we can all understand how kids can be very frustrating at times. […]

Click Click… Click Click

Check out this article on clickers in the classroom… http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/teachers-engaging-students-can-be-a-click-away/article_0971b9da-1b06-11e2-98d6-0019bb2963f4.html Although I have never used them in class before (except for the demonstration in ed tech), clickers seem like a great way to help students learn and also a great way to assess their learning. Being a very quiet child in elementary school, I would […]

Just For Fun :) North Intermediate “Call Me Maybe”

Here is the link to the North Intermediate teachers in St. Peter doing the music video to “Call Me Maybe.” I think teachers with a sense of humor and willing to relate to student interests are essential to making schools a positive environment! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2Zf93rkSdA&feature=youtu.be