Tuesday, December 12, 2017

An Interview with CoTeachers

Last week, our local chapter of Council for Exceptional Children had a meeting online. Our speakers were Amanda Walkup and Ronda Duncan who talked about their CoTeaching Experience. Amanda is a special education teacher and Ronda is an English teacher and they teach English I together. I loved hearing about their experience from two different perspectives. They are also writing a blog about their experience and you can read it here: CoTeaching for Beginners.

Here is the video of our meeting. Amanda also wrote some notes about our meeting after watching the video so here are her notes.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #88 Challenge

From Sioux's PageSioux offers this challenge.

She posts a picture and you need to imagine it as a graphic for a book. You choose the genre and book title and then write a blurb that might appear on the back of the book.

The blurb should be 150 words or less (not including the title). The genre is wide-open.
Each blogger should include their blurb on their own blog, and link back to this post. Have fun with it. Go to the other posts and comment on the other blurbs.  You can do fancy techy things with the photo.

(Join in if you dare...! It sounds like fun! I think this would be a lot of fun to do with students especially since they would be expected to write 150 words or less!)

The Voices

What would it take for people to understand her? She didn’t know why or how she knew things were going to happen. She just did.  

Elena knew what was going to happen because the voices told her they would happen. She didn’t know everything but knew the things the voices told her about.

People started to look at her strangely when she tried to get them to move just before something terrible would have happened to them.

Whenever she got in the water and laid on her back, they spoke to her. At first, she was scared to get in the water but now she felt she had to so she could learn more. The more she heard, the more people she could help.

Then one day, the police were knocking on her door. How was she going to explain this to them? (143 words)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 12/8/17

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels:  E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

EquatIO – free for teachers, “Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO® lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook”  (L:T; SA:M)

MegaFeedback – “Quickly give quality feedback to students with this new tool” (L:T; SA:A)

Mindcipher – great for beginning of the class warmups: “ a social repository of the world's greatest brain teasers, logic puzzles and mental challenges.” (L:T; SA:A)

Crossword Puzzle Generator – Create your own crossword puzzles. Great for teaching vocabulary or concepts (L:T; SA:A)

What is Fat? – a TED-ed lesson; “As the narrative goes, fat is bad. Well, it’s actually more nuanced than that. The type of fat you eat is more impactful on your health than the quantity. George Zaidan examines triglycerides, the varied molecules that make up fat, and how to identify which types of fat you are consuming.” (L:M,H; SA:S)

Original photo by Pat Hensley