Collaboration Category

Want Great Slides? Peer Edit

As teachers, I think we do a lot wrong when it comes to teaching presentation skills.  We pack slides full of text, expecting a presentation to stand in for a reading assignment; we fail to cite digital images; and we read from our own slides, rather than from presenter notes.  So, when we assign student […]

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7 Ways to Use G+

Preparing for a Professional Development session this month, I’ve been compiling ways I’ve used Google+ Community discussions in my high school English classes.  Below are my top seven uses.  If you have additional suggestions, I would love to hear them and pass them along, as well.

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When It All Comes Together…

Synchrony.  We’ve all seen it as educators.  Oftentimes, it is the “Aha!” moment when a particular concept clicks with a student.  Increasingly, though, I find that moment occurring in my classroom when students are able to make connections among texts – and between various types of media.  Perhaps that’s the result of our students’ increasingly […]

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Permission to Create

Bloom’s tells us that the highest level of cognition is creation – that in order to create, we must first be able to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize.   However, in my classroom, and I would venture to say, my school site, that step of creation is viewed as far less significant than the […]

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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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