"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"
~ Richard Steele ~

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Real People

ISTE was amazing. The energy found at this event just added to my own excitement. There were so many talented people there with innovative ideas that I didn't know where to start. One of the most exciting events was presenting at the Flattening the Classroom Poster table. Earlier in the year I became a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher. This experience opened my eyes to the opportunities in the world for my students. Working with with Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay was amazing. To meet them in person was the icing on the cake. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ISTE Coming Up

Has been an exciting summer so far and school only ended a week ago. Summer school started this week and classes have gotten off to a wonderful start. It takes a few days to get into a schedule but today students were introduced to Kidsblog. This collaborative tool offered students an opportunity to reflect on what they have read independently as well as demonstrate their understanding of reading strategies that have been modeled in class. Achieve 3000 is also a new software program that is being piloted in reading class to strengthen non-fiction reading. Looks like it will be an effective means to monitor growth.

A new "Flipped Lesson" video was uploaded today to the Flipped Learning site. This lesson models using "visualization" to determine importance in a non-fiction article. The image is linked below.

Another exciting event coming up this week is ISTE. I have never been to this event  before and cannot even imagine what I will experience. I am anxious to see others that I have either gotten to know through blogs or twitter. I received an e-mail from the Flat Classroom innovators, Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsey yesterday. They wanted Flat Classroom Certified teachers to help with the poster session they are doing. I am honored to be a part of this experience. My flat classroom project was on a small scale but hopefully I can inspire others to start their own project.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Trying a new adventure...Flipping a lesson. I am in the early stages of this plan. My first roadblock was trying to figure out how to do a video for modeling reading strategies. I wanted to demonstrate the process of "determining importance". First, I needed to find an article that was a PDF to upload to the app on Explain Everything for the Ipad. I still am not sure if this is the best route yet to modeling reading strategies, but I will continue to explore. The app was easy and the only glitch was how to look back and forth between areas on the sheet. I made the mistake of turning the Ipad, thinking I could view the document in landscape. The problem was that the video ended up sideways. After several hours of trial and error...I embedded the video on my google site.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Non-Fiction Blog

Non-fiction reading is a hot topic and has been for some time now. Students need a balance of fiction and non-fiction to be well-rounded, critical readers. I found a blog, Non-Fiction Detectives that give excellent examples and resources for any teacher of reading. I realize that some of the posts may be for elementary but these are prime examples to use in the middle school when modeling strategies
.The Nonfiction Detectives

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Glogster has been a learning experience for both students and myself. We used Chromebooks to do the project. Sometimes the videos work and other times we struggled. We didn't know if it was a network setting or the application. Overall, this program did an excellent job at offering a variety of tools that met our needs. We were able to add videos (with a little tweaking), text, images and links.