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I'm taking today off because it is my birthday! Recently there have been a lot of deaths of people who have been close to me so I decided to get away from my computer and celebrate life today. I'm so thankful for every day I wake up and live another day. I hope you hug the people you love and don't wait to tell them how much you love them. For my birthday present, I ask that you go and enjoy life today!
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
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!)
The Night at the Theater
Billy and Bobby hated to go to the theater but
they had no choice. Both of their parents were actors and couldn’t afford child
care so for the past few years, the boys grew up in the theater. They had to
sit quietly with nothing to do. They recognized many famous people even if they
didn’t usually get to hang out with them. Only this night was going to be a special
night and their parents hadn’t let them know this. There would be some special
guests appearing on stage and their parents knew that the boys would be
thrilled to meet these people. As the night went on, both boys were bored and
quickly fell asleep. Imagine their surprise when they saw who was waking them
up!! Read more to see who surprised them and what adventures were in store for
them! (143 words)
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
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:
Weather Kitchen Experiments – “Recreate an avalanche, dust
storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short
videos investigating extreme weather.” (L:G; SA:S)
World of 7 Billion – “Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human
population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges:
Climate Change, Ocean Health, or Rapid Urbanization. All videos must include:
a) how population growth impacts
the issue and
b) at least one idea for a
Consider narrowing your focus by
concentrating on a subtheme within your topic. Possible subthemes include:
Change – weather events and patterns, impact on agriculture, impact on coastal cities, human health, ecosystem
Health – overfishing, coral bleaching, climate
regulation, habitat loss, pollution, dead zones
Urbanization – sprawl, sanitation, air and water quality,
megacities, migration, slums and informal settlements
Deadline for submissions is February
23, 2017.” (L:M,H; SA:S)
Smithsonian – short fun videos about a range of science topics (L:G;
Apple Teacher Program – “We designed the Apple Teacher program to
help you build skills and stay inspired. You’ll discover new ways to enhance
creativity and productivity by unlocking the magic of iPad, Mac, and built-in
apps. You’ll get news and fresh ideas, featuring real stories, product tips,
and great educational apps. And after completing online quizzes, you’ll receive
an official Apple Teacher logo that you can share with the world.”
Most schools in my area have been going for about a month
The honeymoon period is ending and students are getting
settled in. Teachers have found their groove and established routines.
Now students begin testing their limits.
Students are struggling. Some are falling further behind and
behavior problems are starting to occur too often.
Both students and teachers are becoming frustrating. Some
students act like they don’t care about anything.
It is about this time that students and teachers feel like
As Dory says in “Finding Nemo,” – Just keep swimming!
Don’t give up! Just keep swimming. Now is the time to brace
yourself and give it some extra effort.
This is the time for teachers to stay firm and be consistent
Get to know the students on a more personal level. Find out
what their interests are and what motivates them.
Think about your lessons. If they are boring for you to
teach them, they are just as boring to learn them. Put some pizzazz in the
Call home often. Brag about the students as much as you
complain about them. This will go a long way in getting parental support when
you need it.
In the last 5 minutes of class, have a discussion about
hypothetical situations such as “What would you do if you found a $100 bill on
the floor?” or “What would you do if you saw your best friend steal something?”
At the beginning of class, give them 5 minutes to write in a
journal. They have a choice of writing on a specific topic or how they are
feeling and why. I usually require a minimum of 5 sentences but as the year
goes on, they usually increase in length on their own. I collect the journals and
read them. I correct grammar and spelling and even add some personal comments.
The only grade I give them is a check for completing it.