"WOW!!!! Awesome. I want to meet the 6th grader who came up with "syncopated". If you want to hear some good syncopated drum beats, listen to Carter Beauford from the Dave Matthews Band. (Song-Rapunzel) I like "collapsed" as well.…"
Good Morning--i sent Gaeton's "Buff Verb" lesson out to some of my summer school teachers with the idea that this was a great lesson we could do together. Well--three of them took me up on it. With summer being more of a "camp" feel, it was perfect to let our hair down and get into the baselines of some good jazz music. The kids were right with us (rising 6th graders) came up with verbs like "grating" and "syncopated" and "collapsed." We got them up and had them create a movement for their…See More
So many books have been written. So many movies have been made and still the subject eludes us. Here is a place to explore the subject. Post discussions on books, movies, ideas and stories. Lets find new lessons in old tragedies.See More
At the very end of Tom's video clip, he talks about being really reflective on what we do in the classroom. He refers to "laminated Lesson plans" and the fact that as teachers we need to be able to keep what works and change what doesn't. we need to keep our teaching fresh. After 30 years in education, this year i learned how to do some work with digital storytelling. Where that is going to take me next year--i'm not sure--How are you keeping things fresh and new?See More
Start Reading! Many of you have commented on this book in passing. I think it's time to have a book discussion about Newkirk's book, Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones. Get yourself a copy. Read it by May 18th. The discussion starts then!
A forum for kinesthetic lessons, tips, problems, and encouragement. Also successes, and research facts to back up the idea that moving and learning do not have to be separate concepts. Come on! Jump in!
"Just finished "The Luxe" It is the first book in a series. It is an interesting piece. Twist at the ending should keep middle school kids wanting more. The size might put some kids off--but it is a relatively easy read."
"Have you tried listening to Beethoven's 33 variations on Diaboldi's Waltz? It is an interesting compare/contrast lesson in voice. It is currently featured in a Broadway play--but the story behind the variations is an interesting one to…"
"My youngest (then 5, now 21) surprised us at the dinnertable with great riddle. That night is one our family still laughs about--here's Megan's joke--
Where do the generals keep their armies? (scroll down for answer)
Here is where we gather to tell good jokes--the kind that lift us up and make us laugh from the heart and soul. No ethnic jokes or downers please and we probably should avoid too blue humor. Teachers are here! Tell funny teacher stories too!See More
A New workshop that turns rigor to vigor Creating ALL STAAR Writers and Readers : Success at STAAR through Engaging Teaching of Expository Writing and Non-Fiction ReadingTeaching reading and writing should be a joyful dynamic interactive process, not a bore. Alana Morris and I will show you the best practices in reading and writing that will help your students excel on the STAAR test without the drill and kill approaches that make students groan. Join us for two idea-packed days of classroom…See More
Here is a place to share ideas that transform students into lifelong writers and help them succeed on any writing test, including STAAR. Download lessons from Barry Lane, Gretchen Bernabei and Alana Morris to add to your tool box. See More