Archives for February 8, 2013

  1. Reading Interest Inventories

    My school has a daily time for guided reading groups where all students, school wide, go to different teachers for leveled and skill focused instruction based on their needs. Every teacher, from classroom to support to specialists, has a group so class sizes can be small and impact can be maximum. I have some reluctant […]

  2. Make Science Fun!

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    Watch Tyler DeWitt on TED talk about making high school science fun. http://on.ted.com/TylerDewitt A couple of great ideas for the high school science classroom: 1. Remember that biology is all about reproduction (sex), relationships, drugs, and food. These are things that are interesting to middle and high school students, and if associated with biology, are […]

  3. Why Should I Drink The Kool-Aid?

    I have to admit, I love it when people challenge me in professional development sessions on why they should use technology.  A few weeks ago, a woman raised her hand and I headed back to help her.  I could see the “please help/save me” on the face of her friend sitting next to her.  When […]

  4. DEN Weekly Update 2-8-2013

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    This week, find out where you can meet up with the DEN on tour for DENapalooza 2013, apply to attend the DEN Summer Institute, and share your expertise as a DEN Guru. Check out the DEN’s new podcast, a great hangout with the Google doodle team, and a virtual field trip to the Discovery Channel […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow

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    Did you know that Reading Rainbow, which debuted in 1983, continued to run new episodes for over 20 years? Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 until 2006, and was hosted by LeVar Burton for its entire run. Burton was also one of the program’s creators, as well as executive producer. Burton, who would become a household […]

  6. Get Doodling with Google!

      Do your students doodle? Well, it’s time to harness those doodling powers! Encourage your students to exercise their creativity and enter the Doodle 4 Google contest. Doodle 4 Google is a nationwide competition open to all K-12 students. The contest challenges students to design an original doodle around a given theme.  The winning doodle […]

  7. How Awesome is Jared Heidinger?

    I’ve mentioned DEN STAR Jared Heidinger before but want to reiterate and share his simple idea of connecting his students with people all over the world and at the same time deal with the rather mundane but necessary task of having his students learn vocabulary for their provincial exams. Jared explains his idea of the […]

  8. I Am a Logophile

    A logophile is a lover of words (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/logophile).   That is definitely me and it is not coincidence that I love to read also.   Vocabulary and reading certainly go together and help strengthen each other.  So what are some ways to strengthen vocabulary?  Here are a few ideas: Discovery Streaming includes vocabulary development as […]