Monday, October 23, 2017

Back of the Book Blurb #81 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!)


A New Fashion Trend

Judy started on a new diet before her college reunion. When she heard about this new Keto Diet, she knew it was for her. By going on this diet, she planned to show up looking like a movie star!

First, she had to go shopping for lots of meats and fats. She didn’t plan on eating many carbs which was going to be hard for her. No more sweet cakes. No more pasta. No more potatoes! Oh well, she would have them again after she lost her 50 lbs.!


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To celebrate, she was going to get a whole new wardrobe and advertise about her new diet. When she couldn’t find the perfect hat, she decided to make her own. Maybe she could even make some outfits like her hat! When her imagination started flowing, she started imagining all the money she could make on this new fashion! (147 words)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 10/20/17

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

Audubon – a variety of birding activities (L:G; SA:S)

Extreme Planet Makeover – a fun NASA activity; Create your own Earth-like paradise - or hostile alien world! (L:M, H; SA:S)

Mapping History – interactive maps of historical events (L:G; SA:SS)

Character Scrapbook  -  “analyze the characters in any book” (L:E; SA:LA)

Class Tag – great tool to communicate with parents (L:T; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Teaching Students to Be Leaders


“What about in your classroom? I certainly hope students are learning content. But are they also having opportunities to develop more deeply as learners and leaders? Are they learning HOW to learning? Are they learning HOW to lead?”

I remember when I first started teaching. I had no experience and was just thrilled to be part of a new team. I never thought about advancing in my career and was happy just to be a teacher. Everyone at my school treated me like the rookie that I was and after a few years, I always felt like the “baby sister.” Then I switched to a high school where the faculty was huge and I felt like a little fish in a big pond. I never thought I had any kind of leadership ability and I was just still honing my skills as a special education teacher.

Then I switched to my second high school and no one looked at me as a rookie or a little sister. Suddenly I was an equal to other teachers there and there were many new and young teachers who had far less experience than I did. Suddenly these teachers were looking up to me and asking my advice. My principal was so impressed with all that I did for the department even though I wasn’t a department head that when the position became open, he appointed me as the new department head. I enjoyed the responsibility and was proud of all that I accomplished.

When I went to my third high school, the administration had expectations of me having some type of leadership role. These expectations rolled over to the faculty and many general education teachers were coming to me for advice with their special education students. Eventually the faculty even chose me for Teacher of the Year to represent my school for the District Teacher of the Year.

I never would have advanced my career if my administrators dragged me out of my comfort zone. It was their faith in me that made me not want to disappoint them. I found out I had skills that I didn’t even know I had. It was hard for me to do many of the things I was asked to do but because the administration had faith in me, I found the strength and courage to try. The more I succeeded, the more confidence I had as I tried lead more.

I think I need to do the same thing for my students. I need to trust them more with some responsibilities. As they succeed, I can give them more responsibilities. If they have trouble, I am there as a safety net and can help them be successful.

It is hard for me to give up control in the classroom so my students usually appreciate when I trust them act in a leadership role. The more they succeed, the more confidence they will have and be willing to do more. The more they learn to be leaders, the more successful they will be in the future.

How do you teach your students to be leaders? Please share.