The Teacher’s Writer’s Notebook (Part 2)...

Apr 19, 2012 by

In yesterday’s blog I shared some thoughts on the importance of teachers keeping writer’s notebooks.  I also shared that, while I have found my writer’s notebook to be a valuable teaching tool during mini-lessons and individual conferences, it is becoming cumbersome because it has no organization to it.  When I first started this notebook, it contained random entries for no particular audience.  As I have begun to use it as a teaching tool, however, I’m realizing that I need it to have some order. One of my summer goals is to re-do my writer’s notebook so that it is more organized and user friendly when I confer with students. I want to have different sections for various genres and examples of writing that will accompany my units of study: personal narrative, poetry, essay, etc....

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An Impulse Purchase

Apr 11, 2012 by

I was just asked to put together a session on using iPads as tools in our writing classrooms for an upcoming conference.  As if I needed another excuse to spend more time with my iPad!  So I have spent a fair amount of time during the past two days “working” and surfing the net for useful writing iPad apps.  I decided I had better start a list of possibilities so I don’t forget what I find and then go back and decide which ones look most useful and purchase just those. Oh.my.goodness! The session is only going to be 70 minutes long and I’m already wondering how I am going to edit my list down to 70 minute’s worth of material. Of course, I will share my list once I get it into a...

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iPads in the Classroom

Mar 7, 2012 by

As I visit classrooms and conduct workshops, I am seeing more and more iPads being used—both for teacher use and student use.  Those who read my post last fall called This Seals the Deal know that it was the Confer app that helped me make the decision to purchase an iPad.  I received it as an early Christmas present and am still only scratching the surface of ways to use it both in my personal life and for educational purposes.  I am just beginning to use the Confer app now that I have a classroom (mentioned in last post) where I can practice.  After I play around with it for awhile, I’ll let you know how it goes.  If any of you have used this app, I encourage you to comment with any words...

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This Seals the Deal!

Oct 17, 2011 by

I will continue to add to the series of blog posts on the importance of student choice in writing, but today I feel compelled to share on the topic of technology in the classroom. Recently I have been thinking seriously about purchasing an iPad.  It started about a year ago when a friend showed me her new toy.  With her new iPad she had constant access to her Kindle, her e-mail and Facebook, her to-do lists, and more.  I thought that was pretty neat but just couldn’t justify purchasing a new device when I already had a Smartphone that could do most of what she showed me.  But I still thought it was pretty cool! This school year, as I have attended many meetings, I have often found myself in the minority (sometimes the...

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