Mrs. A

Mrs. A. is an elementary gifted education specialist in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She teaches 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the areas of language arts and math. Mrs. A. has been teaching and advocating for gifted students and their parents for 22 years, and is a parent of two gifted adult children. Mrs. A. loves to travel and learn about different countries and cultures, bicycle and hike with her husband, and photograph the antics of her Labrador retriever, Porkchop.

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”... read more

Keep the Momentum Going: Convincing next year’s teacher to blog in the classroom

Keep the Momentum Going: Convincing next year’s teacher to blog in the classroom

Summer gardening projects allow for a great many hours of contemplation as I pull weeds and tend to my flower and veggie beds.  As my thoughts turn to the upcoming school year, I find myself thinking about my last year’s class and how their writing bloomed through blogging over the course of the school year.

Summer gardening projects allow for a great many hours of contemplation as I pull weeds and tend to my flower and veggie beds.  As my thoughts turn to the upcoming school year, I find myself thinking about my last year’s class and how their writing bloomed through blogging over the course of the school year.... read more

Staying Connected Over Summer Break

Staying Connected Over Summer Break

Ah, summer!  What a wonderful time for the 3 Rs…. Reading, Relaxing, and (w)Riting! My students were happy to find out that their access to Kidblog continues over the summer, and that they would be able to keep the connection with their blogging friends intact.  As a teacher who knows that her students will continue

Ah, summer!  What a wonderful time for the 3 Rs…. Reading, Relaxing, and (w)Riting! My students were happy to find out that their access to Kidblog continues over the summer, and that they would be able to keep the connection with their blogging friends intact.  As a teacher who knows that her students will continue... read more

Moving Literature Discussions Online

Moving Literature Discussions Online

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students... read more

“The Real Deal”

“The Real Deal”

I have encouraged my students to share with me their perceptions of how blogging helps them meet the goals we set. Their opinions and perceptions, what I like to call “The Real Deal”, serves as my system of checks and balances, and helps me drive my instruction in ways that allow my students to both achieve the necessary standards and still come to school excited to learn.

I have encouraged my students to share with me their perceptions of how blogging helps them meet the goals we set. Their opinions and perceptions, what I like to call “The Real Deal”, serves as my system of checks and balances, and helps me drive my instruction in ways that allow my students to both achieve the necessary standards and still come to school excited to learn.... read more

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class.

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class. ... read more

Using Illustrations with Kidblog

Using Illustrations with Kidblog

They were astonished, to see how one short poem could be interpreted by so many students in so many different ways!

They were astonished, to see how one short poem could be interpreted by so many students in so many different ways! ... read more