My latest post at my Working Draft blog at MiddleWeb is a look at play, with Kevin Cordi’s new book as my guide. Come check out the post and think about how you play with stories in your classroom.
Peace (in the share),
For everyone who is in all of my various online networks and communities and adventures, I thank you. Here is a song, with some animated words, as my humble thanks for all the inspiration and support you give me throughout the year as I write and explore and learn.
Peace (with words on the wall),
Over at by Working Draft blog at Middleweb, I wrote about a project called The Peaceful Imaginary Land Brochure Project as part of a way to talk to my students about our school’s Peacebuilder’s Pledge in a different way (beyond mouthing the words as a school every morning.)
I did not share the above graphic there, but I had worked on this image as I was thinking through all of the literacy points with the project as a way to document the student learning. As I added more and more elements, I realized just how expansive this one project can be, and on how many points of writing, reading, listening and speaking it hits.
Peace (in the lands),
At my Working Draft blog over at MiddleWeb, my latest post is about our whitewater rafting trip and the idea of seeing our students in a very different environment (literally/figuratively) when we take them outside of our traditional classroom setting.
Peace (in the current),
My latest blog post over at MiddleWeb is about joining a group of reading intervention teachers for a new learning community, and how much I realized their teaching world and my teaching world come together, and don’t, and how appreciative I am of the work they do.
Peace (in the reading),
While I was away from my blog, I had some pieces published in other spaces that I wanted to share with you.
First, my MiddleWeb column as we end summer is about reflecting on my digital sites and doing a bit of housekeeping as school is about to start. It’s a nice time to reflect on what we project to our families and students before they come into the classroom for a year of writing and learning.
Second, I wrote a piece for the National Writing Project’s 40for40 blog, as NWP celebrated its 40 years with 40 posts from NWP teacher/writers. My piece reflected on a time when I traveled to Chico, California, to take part in a week-long technology retreat, where the people I met continue to be partners in online endeavors across the Internet. The piece is entitled “That Week in Chico” and it was a great way for me to ground myself in a time when so many doors opened up for me.
Finally, I took a break from blogging but still dabbled in Twitter while on break and found myself working on a regular diet of #25wordstory stories, which I then collected and shared out for Slice of Life via Storify. I love these stories for brevity and inference and revision, although it can be a struggle to find just the right words and leave just the right amount of story “out” of the story. You decide if it worked or not.
Peace (in the writing mode),
My latest post over at MiddleWeb focuses in on Meeno Rami’s new book, Thrive. Reading her book about finding ways to stay invigorated and connected to teaching young people, even in the face of difficult days and situations, reminded me of a book that I used to read every summer when I began teaching. Sometimes, we need touchstone texts. Rami’s book is one of those.
Peace (in the text),
My latest blog post is up at MiddleWeb and I consider comics in a variety of ways. What drove this piece is realizing that while many of students read graphic novels, they don’t all understand how to “read” graphic stories. Come see what I am talking about.
This is a project that my class did to create a graphic story rendition of one of our novels.
Peace (in the frames),
My latest blog post at MiddleWeb is about being tired, and a bit worn out, from the school year. What keeps me going some days? Poetry, and the new collection — Teaching with Heart — is a perfect companion to the long days that mark the end of the school year (we still have two and half weeks to go).
Peace (in the daze),