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Wednesday
Sep172014

Things I Have Seen ...

I have been learning together with teachers in school the last few weeks and having a great time!

I also take a lot of pictures!

Here are just a few of the things I have seen that make me smile!

What things have you seen at schools or even in your own classroom that make you smile?

Please share them!

Tuesday
Sep162014

ReadWriteThink and Twitter ?!?!?!?!!!

Did you know that ReadWriteThink.org has a twitter account?

What do you think they might tweet?

Since it is a website devoted to encouraging literacy in all areas, it only makes sense that their tweets are resources to encourage and suppport literacy!

Here are some recent tweets:

  • Students become weather detectives as they investigate the history and validity of some common weather sayings:
  • What Am I? Students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems:
  • Students explore key elements of design in Little Blue and Little Yellow to learn about setting, character, and plot
  • Help elementary students learn new vocabulary skills while reading Patricia Polacco’s Pink and Say:
  • Stage a mock trial for a literary character, with groups of students acting as the prosecution, defense, and jury:
  • Inspired by Martin’s Big Words, kids write about their own “big” words and dreams for the future:
  • Teach students Power Notes, an outlining technique to help them differentiate between main ideas and details:

And that is not all they share …

You will have to go see what else!

 

Monday
Sep152014

Library of Congress and Pinterest?!?!?!?!!!

Did you know the Library of Congress has a pinterest account?

Well, it does!!!

I guess it would make sense for the largest library in the world to have another way to share and organize resources …

Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th? 

One of the boards found on the LOC Pinterest Page is for that!!!

One of my favorite things about the Library of Congress website is the primary sources and suggestions for student instruction using them …

And there is a board for that too!!!!

 

I guess you never know what you will find …

Sunday
Sep142014

Wonderopolis in a new way for me!!!!!!

I am a fan of Wonderopolis

I talk about the resources one can find there

I blog about the importance of asking “thinking questions”

And I have tweeted about past and current Wonders of the Day …

I used to share the Wonder of the Day from that day one or two years ago …

But last week, I started doing something new for me …

I started by first exploring Wonders …

 

Then I went to explore the Wonder Category box …

Clicking on a category from that list opens up a collection of past Wonders of the Day …

I have searched by random number or topic before, but having the wonders sorted by categories opens up even more possibilities …

Do you want to know what categories are there?

You will just have to go to Wonderopolis to see!

But not yet …

Well, if you want to, then you can …

Last week I chose past Wonders of the Day from the fairy tale category to share on twitter

Do you want to know what category I chose this week?

I guess you will have to see my tweets each day

Thursday
Sep112014

Inspiring Innovative Minds ...

Inspiring Innovative Minds …

What does that mean?

What does that mean to you?

How do you think that can be done?

What does it mean to inspire?

What does it mean to have an innovative mind?

How do those pieces fit together?

I think for me, a main way to do that is to ask questions …

And encourage others to create and ask questions!

I was in a science class beginning to discuss the Periodic Table ..

I enjoyed the way the teacher opened up the lesson!

She asked the students to just look at the periodic table for a few minutes …

And next to think about what they noticed …

Students were then challenged to create questions ..

They were not asked to answer questions …

But to create questions

Based on what they noticed when looking at the periodic table simply as a picture

 

It was reaffirmed that there was not a wrong answer …

Just create questions!

 

After a few minutes, the teacher called on a students to share his or her question with the class

If the teacher could quickly answer it, she did

If the teacher did not answer the question, a discussion took place about how they could work together to find those answers

This teacher welcomed questions she couldn’t answer …

 

It is OK to have questions and not automatically be able to find the answer …

Having and creating questions is being curious …

And curiosity is a sign of thinking …

That thinking leads to figuring out how the pieces fit …

As David Culberhouse puts it in this post,  

Innovation often begins its journey as a question…

 

What are some ideas you have about ways to inspire innovative minds?