Category Archives: Learning

Instagram Sensory Walk

My students are really great at describing what things look like in their writing. They are not as skilled at putting smells, tastes, sounds and feelings into words. As a result, their narratives often feel flat, one-dimensional, and unreal. In … Continue reading

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Save Time Grading with Doctopus & Goobric

I’m always on the look out to spend LESS time grading or, at the very least, to feel like the time I do spend grading is productive and efficient. Several months ago I wrote a blog titled “Google Docs: Grading … Continue reading

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The Definition of Literacy is Changing

Growing up I heard the words literate and illiterate. I knew that people who were literate could read and write, and people who were illiterate could not. I remember trying to imagine what it would be like to navigate the world … Continue reading

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Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

While killing time in the airport last weekend, I watched a series of Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show clips. While watching Jimmy Fallon and Bryan Cranston playing “Word Sneak,” I was inspired! I decided to use this game format for a … Continue reading

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New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier!

Today I took my classes to the computer lab to do synchronous editing on an essay they are writing. As they continued to work on their essays, I edited them. This way we can work simultaneously on their documents and use the … Continue reading

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Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

While presenting a series of Google trainings in Alaska last week, I discovered that very few participants knew how to do an advanced Google search by reading level. It’s such a useful trick for differentiating reading materials in the classroom, I wanted … Continue reading

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Common Core: Explicit vs. Implicit Information

Words like “explicit,” “implicit,” and “inference” sound like a foreign language to most students, yet the Common Core expects students to “read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.” Students must be able to identify … Continue reading

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Build an Online Community to Complement Your in Class Community

More and more teachers are venturing online with their students to enhance and extend the work done in the classroom. There are myriad benefits to engaging students online and replacing classic pen and paper assignments with more dynamic online lessons, asynchronous … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing as a Class with Blogger

The first few days of school can be a bit of a blur for students who are bombarded with syllabi and class rules. One of the ways I like to break the cycle of “sit and get” that first week … Continue reading

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15 Reasons I Love to Teach

I teach because I love to learn. I teach because it challenges me to grow. I teach because I had great teachers who inspired me. I teach because every day is different. I teach because our students can make a … Continue reading

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