Daily Posting is too stressful!

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 28-10-2010

Ok, I’ve been avoiding admitting this, but I just can’t keep up with posting daily. I know there are many bloggers out there who do, but I have to admit my own limitations. So I’m going to switch to a weekly posting, and I think that is a good balance. I’ll still post my delicious links and tweets as they happen, and I feel that if I post about once a week it will be more substance than just “posting to keep up with a schedule.”

So thank you to those of you who are here- and thanks for bearing with me.

My del.icio.us bookmarks for October 15th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 15-10-2010

These are my links for October 15th:

  • ze’s page :: zefrank.com – just watched Ze’s latest TED talk- amazing! This guy is super cool and so is his website!
  • freetech4me – home – Vicki Davis taught a class in which the participants worked to evaluate websites for teachers on their effectiveness and ease of use.
  • The Hub Create a Story Contest – The HUB is a new resource for lesson plans and tech integration ideas from Discovery

Back from camping… can I go back to camp?

Filed Under (Work) by Laura Smith on 13-10-2010

I’m back at school after camping with the 8th graders.  We had a great time!  The students learned a lot about teamwork, and the 4 c’s:

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Commitment
  • Caring

I think times like this are important for students and teachers alike.  It gives us a break from the routine, but challenges us in a different way.  For example, the challenge I faced this trip was the High Ropes course.  I have gone to Black Rock Retreat with the students at least 6 times, but never had the chance to try the ropes course.  So I practically begged the staff to let me do at least one element, and I did the Zipline.

Here I am climbing up the pole- it was about 35-40 feet tall.zipline2.jpg

and here I am enjoying the ride (after screaming my head off)zipline4.jpg

It is tough to get back in the groove after such a nice time away.  It almost makes me want to go back to camp! allllmossst…

So, to avoid stress, I am taking a break from blogging this week while I catch up on my to-do list back here at school and home.

See you next Monday!

My Tweets for 2010-10-11

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 11-10-2010

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Going Camping with my students this week…

Filed Under (Work) by Laura Smith on 05-10-2010

Our middle school students go every year, for three days and two nights, to Black Rock Retreat in PA.  It is a wonderful place, and I enjoy going there for the beautiful surroundings and the chance to see my students in a different light.  We do “team building” type activities, have devotions, take on the high ropes course (I want to do it too!), and just have fun.

So, here are the top 5 things I have learned to bring:

  1. 1. Layers of clothing!  Camping with 28 8th graders in October can be an adventure, and you never know what the weather will bring.  I bring short sleeves, long sleeves, a sweatshirt, thermals, and jeans, and mix, match, and sometimes during a night hike, wear every piece of clothing all at once if it gets really cold.
  2. 2. A PILLOW!  I tried for the past few years to go all “scouty” and just roll up my sweatshirt for a pillow but this year I am bringing a REAL pillow.  I just never wanted to get it dirty or have too much to carry, but oh, well.
  3. 3. Bug spray.  For some reason, I am particularly tasty to bugs.
  4. 4. A good flashlight, and extra batteries.  For when one of my big, strong, scared-of-nothing students gets scared of the dark. :)
  5. 5. A sense of adventure.  I go with the flow.  I don’t miss my computer (at least not too much).  I revel in the beauty of nature, gobble down “camp food,” and participate in everything, no matter how messy or potentially embarrassing.  Like that time 2 years ago when I very badly attempted to climb the rock wall.  It was not pretty.

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