Monthly Archives: November 2013

Two’s Company: Creating Authentic Collaboration

Two’s company, right?  Certainly, my students seem to think so. I don’t know about your classroom, but oftentimes, I ask students to work together – both in the classroom and at home – because they prefer it.  In a perfect classroom, however, I would like students to authentically reach out to their peers across our […]

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Linked In – Innovative Writing

How many times have you heard that as 21st century educators, our job is to help students to become curators of content – rather than just consumers?  Even the Common Core standards ask students to draw from a variety of sources both in their reading (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7)  and in their writing (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2a ) .  But, in […]

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Taking Note: VideoNot.es

Thank god for The Simpsons.  Their 20-year run ensured that they had the chance to parody nearly everything under the sun – including The Odyssey.   With students finishing up their odyssey through the epic poem, this week, I introduced students to several contemporary allusions to the epic, including an episode from The Simpsons, the trailer from […]

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Google Draw in the English Classroom

By many, Google Drawing is considered the red-headed step-child of the Google Suite: at best, it is a topic of interest, but most of us have never bothered to click that “Create” button and give it a try. For me, Google Drawing brings the possibility of mindmaps and physical manipulation into the English environment without […]

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Google Docs Comments + Video = Magic

With up to 35 students in any class, and having previously taught as many as 43 in a single period, one of the biggest struggles I face is giving students meaningful, personal comments, particularly when it comes to writing assignments.  It’s a constant battle between making the same remark repeatedly, and offering the student a […]

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