The assignment for this week’s #IMMOOC is to review Couros’s Critical Questions for Educators: Would I want to be a learner in my own classroom? What is best for this student? What is this student’s passion? What are some ways we can create a true learning community? How did this work for our students? Wow. Those […]
Change is the opportunity to do something amazing – George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset In the book The Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros talks about the very real possibility that schools will become obsolete if we educators don’t figure out how to align our practice to a rapidly changing world. No, we educators don’t have to change, but if we […]
Background One frustration I’ve heard lately is that students are having trouble setting up their documents to MLA Format with their new school-issued iPads. I admit that at first I could not figure it out. A quick glance online did not help. According to the Google Docs support articles I read, the task was impossible. […]
What I’m Thinking About… One of my English-teacher obsessions is getting student papers—now documents—organized before I go through them. This is akin to clearing off kitchen counters and doing the dishes before cooking a meal. I can’t get started assigning or assessing student work until I have decent system in place. This fall’s 1:1 iPad […]
What I’m Thinking About: My school district went 1:1 with iPads this fall. After of years of struggling to schedule time with the Chromebook cart or in the computer lab, my students finally have consistent, daily access to technology. The main challenge, and this is for teachers more than students, has been learning how iPads […]
In this video I give booktalks about four books I absolutely loved: The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Teretsky, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Click HERE for the complete booktalk script.
This booktalk describes great graphic novels for adults who love to read but don’t normally read graphic novels. My list includes Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey, and Patience by Daniel Clowes. Click HERE for the booktalk script.