This all happened a long time ago, in your grandmother’s time, or in her grandfather’s. A long time ago. Back then, we all lived on the edge of the great forest. Hansel and Gretel, Neil Gaiman For the first time in two years, I feel like I am finally back to my authentic self as… Read More …the edge of the great forest
A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family I began this project I called “dismantling the essay” or “disrupting the essay,” and it continues. Driving home today, I had NPR on, and the introduction to this story almost made me turn on my own music, and thank heavens I didn’t. Not sure… Read More Life and History (history is life)
You’re 8 years old. Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But apparently other kids don’t think he’s so cool. They laugh at him and mimic his accent. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore. pic.twitter.com/6vW9DXZK6x —… Read More Tell your story.
This is a tragic story. It’s the story of how we lose one another, how men hurt women, the women who bear them children and love them. It’s of a sister’s pain and a mother’s despair. And it’s beautifully told. http://apps.bostonglobe.com/metro/graphics/2018/05/jaimee-mendez/?camp=breakingnews:newsletter https://www.bostonglobe.com/2018/05/31/the-face-waves/vmVVYvXOHRjk4ZO5UYyojO/story.html https://longform.org/posts/the-face-in-the-waves As I am deconstructing the structure of this piece: it is a… Read More Storytelling for the digital age
A wonderful question appeared on one of my ELA social media groups the other day, “What was your favorite lesson/unit you created?” and immediately I thought of the (say this in a trumpeting voice): BOX OF DESTINY! I created this prior to hearing the term ‘role play’ — not being a Dungeons and Dragons person… Read More Favorite Lessons: Box of Destiny
It’s 12:15 PM on November 10th. Do you know where your NaNoMo novel is? Yeah, about that. Good intentions aside, I have done everything but just sit and type. I made a video. Updated grades. Reheated a bowl of chili mac (that will come back to haunt me), and read a few Tweets. But two… Read More write now
https://bubbl.us/NDI3MTU5OS84MzQzNDkzL2FiMjAxMmE5YzRkMjA2ZmU2NGI1ODgxOGEwODg3NjNh-X?utm_source=page-embed&utm_medium=link&s=8343493 https://ed.ted.com/on/7WdV6Sqw Here is the teaching point/issue: How do we concurrently 1. teach students how stories work (or how anything works for that matter) 2. use technology to best demonstrate concepts 3. have students practice and grow their own knowledge? One idea: mind mapping. There are multiple available apps, etc. for this technique. We had Inspiration… Read More Mind the Map.
Summer fills up fast, faster than a kiddie pool in an Orlando backyard, faster than a cup of coffee at an all-night diner, faster than…well, dang. I’m out of analogies. But, there is a remedy for lack of inspiration! One of the highlights so far included time and money well spent at Hugo House… Read More Saving Summer: Hugo House and Shared Writing
https://giphy.com/embed/r8GaguhRgiwH6 via GIPHY If you follow the Notice and Note site on Facebook (and why are you still reading this if you’re not?!), you will see many teachers asking for recommendations on a variety of themes, theme topics, units, and niche text recommendations for a variety of grade levels and kids. It’s fantastic. There are… Read More Saving Summer: Where the Stories Are
Note: Some strong language is used in this video, and may be offensive. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheYoungTurks%2Fvideos%2F10154486322934205%2F&show_text=1&width=560 This may be the current medium of choice among young adults, and it’s one I thoroughly endorse in format. However, examining the draw of listening/watching, the speed of discourse, and the power of convincing others of a point of view when… Read More Series: Elements of Structure XI: The Video Personality