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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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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