I have a new post up over at my Middleweb blog that comes from Digital Learning Day, in which I surveyed my students about their digital lives and then used Voicethread to narrate what I noticed. I invite you to add your thoughts, too.
Peace (in the observation tower),
My latest blog post over at Middleweb (which got a nifty new design overhaul and looks great) is about an annotated writing resource that my state of Massachusetts put out around looking at student writing. It’s very handy and well-done.
Check it out
Peace (in the notes),
I wrote over at by blog over at Middleweb about why we were doing programming and coding in our writing class. What do you think of my justification?
Read Why We’re Learning about Coding in Writing Class
Peace (in the code),
My latest blog post for MiddleWeb is all about the #nerdlution movement through the lens of community and connections. Come read what I wrote.
Peace (in the reflective stance),
Some of you know that I also blog over at MiddleWeb and my most recent post was an offshoot of a vignette I shared at NCTE during NCTE President Sandy Hayes’s speech. The post has to do with reaching a reluctant boy writer with our game design unit, and how he was so inspired, he began writing a novel.
View the post: Reluctant Writers and Game Design
The second is a book review of Falling in Love with Close Reading, which I highly recommend.
Read my review
Peace (in the web),
I am writing fairly regularly over at MiddleWeb these days and I like to point folks to what I have been up to lately.
If you have time, check out the review I did for the new book, Finding the Heart of Non-Fiction by Georgia Heard. I really enjoyed this book, on a few levels (including the production values of the book itself).
And I just added a new blog post about teaching the reading and writing of diagrams with my sixth graders. Check out how I went about this teaching of visual literacy and what they were learning, and why.
Peace (on the web),
A post I wrote about journal writing with students, and teachers as writers, for my blog over at Middleweb got a nice mention in the electronic newsletter of the ASCD (I tried to look up what ASCD stands for — I know it is an association of superintendents and curriculum coordinators and such because my wife is an administrator and we get their materials in the mail — and this is what their website says ASCD stands for “formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development” — now it is just called ASCD.)
Maybe if enough school administrators read the post, they will better understand the power of writing in a natural setting, and not for test taking purposes. Hopeful? You bet.
You can read my piece here at Working Draft at Middleweb, and feel free to add comments to the blog post. Maybe your administrator will read it.
Peace (in the sharing),
My latest post for my MiddleWeb blog — Working Draft — is now up. In it, I explore the notion of journal writing with my students, and of teacher being the writer as much as the student. It’s a messy, creative venture.
Check out Journaling with Students
Peace (in the scribbles),
My most recent Working Draft blog post is up over at Middleweb. I mull over the challenges and benefits of being a sixth grade educator with a middle school model mindset teaching in an elementary school.
Just like adolescent kids, we sixth grade teachers often wonder: where do we fit in?
Peace (in the sharing),