Margaret Simon

Margaret Simon lives on the Bayou Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana. Margaret has a Masters degree in Gifted Education and certification by the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards. She received the Donald Graves Award for teaching writing from NCTE in 2014. Her young readers novel, Blessen, was published by Border Press in April, 2012. She blogs regularly at http://reflectionsontheteche.wordpress.com.

Ideas Spread

Ideas Spread

We have been blogging nonstop since the beginning of school and the ideas for writing seem to be growing.  When a community writes together, ideas spread. Madison loves to write stories.  She wanted a blog that would be dedicated to just story writing, so she asked me to create one called The Story Writing Club.

We have been blogging nonstop since the beginning of school and the ideas for writing seem to be growing.  When a community writes together, ideas spread. Madison loves to write stories.  She wanted a blog that would be dedicated to just story writing, so she asked me to create one called The Story Writing Club.... read more

Student Generated Blog Topics

Student Generated Blog Topics

“What do I write about” echoes in the classroom.   “What do you want to write about?” “I don’t know. I have a boring life.” Here I am, stuck again with this common blogging problem: What do you write about?  As a blogger myself, I get this.  I am always on the lookout for good

“What do I write about” echoes in the classroom.   “What do you want to write about?” “I don’t know. I have a boring life.” Here I am, stuck again with this common blogging problem: What do you write about?  As a blogger myself, I get this.  I am always on the lookout for good... read more

Keep Writing Momentum: How to encourage student blogging over the summer

Keep Writing Momentum: How to encourage student blogging over the summer

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and I don’t know about you, but I am going to miss my kids.  I will especially miss reading their unique stories in our Kidblog class. The last day of school does not have to be the end for blogging.  The internet stays open and so

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and I don’t know about you, but I am going to miss my kids.  I will especially miss reading their unique stories in our Kidblog class. The last day of school does not have to be the end for blogging.  The internet stays open and so... read more

Blended Learning

Blended Learning

When we implement blended learning in our classrooms, we need to be aware of falling into the trap of doing the same old thing with new technology. Innovative teaching is a proactive approach to integrating new teaching strategies and methods into a classroom.

When we implement blended learning in our classrooms, we need to be aware of falling into the trap of doing the same old thing with new technology. Innovative teaching is a proactive approach to integrating new teaching strategies and methods into a classroom. ... read more

The March “Slice of Life” Challenge

The March “Slice of Life” Challenge

A “Slice of Life” is small story from your life. Students write a short personal narrative focusing on a single day or moment in their lives. To model what a Slice of Life story should look like, I share my own slice.

A "Slice of Life" is small story from your life. Students write a short personal narrative focusing on a single day or moment in their lives. To model what a Slice of Life story should look like, I share my own slice.... read more

Tapping into the World of Wonder

Tapping into the World of Wonder

Mysteries The mysteries of the world are myriad. Sometimes they look like little balls of butter. Sometimes they clump together in the shape of South America. The mysteries of the world puzzle us. They make us take our glasses off and look so close we dust our noses with them. The mysteries of the world

Mysteries The mysteries of the world are myriad. Sometimes they look like little balls of butter. Sometimes they clump together in the shape of South America. The mysteries of the world puzzle us. They make us take our glasses off and look so close we dust our noses with them. The mysteries of the world... read more

One Little Word

One Little Word

When January comes around, everyone is thinking about how to make this year better than the previous one.  Often we make resolutions, but they tend to get left behind.  I resolve to walk every day and am met with cold air and ice and think, maybe next week.   Our students are no different from the

When January comes around, everyone is thinking about how to make this year better than the previous one.  Often we make resolutions, but they tend to get left behind.  I resolve to walk every day and am met with cold air and ice and think, maybe next week.   Our students are no different from the... read more