Matthew Carrington

Originally from England, Matthew Carrington is a fourth grade teacher at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in Charleston, SC. His school has been recognized across the nation as a leader in Arts Education, and he is passionate about teaching through the arts. He has a MAT in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston and at the end of his third year of teaching was chosen by the Ashley River faculty as their 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. As assistant coach of the school robotics team, he has helped plan and carry out a successful school-wide STEAM Fest (www.schoolsteamfest.com), and he also implements in-school technology trainings for parents and faculty. He was recently chosen by Charleston County to be part of the Digital Learning Cohort, a pilot program to deploy iPads in select classrooms, and is passionate about connecting with classrooms around the world using technologies such as Skype and Twitter (@TeachingSC).

Halloween Blogging Ideas

Halloween Blogging Ideas

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to cauldrons, curses, candy and (as always) creative writing. Halloween is, after all, an incredibly creative event. People spend weeks planning and designing their costumes and thinking up new and innovative ways to decorate their houses. Craft stores sell out of supplies, costume shops have to keep

It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to cauldrons, curses, candy and (as always) creative writing. Halloween is, after all, an incredibly creative event. People spend weeks planning and designing their costumes and thinking up new and innovative ways to decorate their houses. Craft stores sell out of supplies, costume shops have to keep... read more

Turning an Idea into a Published Piece

Turning an Idea into a Published Piece

At the start of the school year I was keen to let students publish everything they had written, hoping to foster an enjoyment of writing, especially in those who were normally hesitant to write. I would sometimes leave a couple of private comments with editing suggestions on a post prior to publishing their work for

At the start of the school year I was keen to let students publish everything they had written, hoping to foster an enjoyment of writing, especially in those who were normally hesitant to write. I would sometimes leave a couple of private comments with editing suggestions on a post prior to publishing their work for... read more

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers… [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers... [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.... read more