The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter.

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter. ... read more

Webinar: Blogging with Elementary Students – Gifted and Title 1

Webinar: Blogging with Elementary Students – Gifted and Title 1

Fifth grade English Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Van Hoffman, discusses his experience with, and shares tips for, blogging with elementary students, including gifted and title 1. In this webinar, you will learn: Assessing writing Engaging students How to write a reflection Leaving comments on posts Content area assignments (history, novel studies, creative writing) View past

Fifth grade English Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Van Hoffman, discusses his experience with, and shares tips for, blogging with elementary students, including gifted and title 1. In this webinar, you will learn: Assessing writing Engaging students How to write a reflection Leaving comments on posts Content area assignments (history, novel studies, creative writing) View past... read more

Webinar: Creating Digital Portfolios

Webinar: Creating Digital Portfolios

First and second grade gifted education teacher and Teacher Advisor for Kidblog in her district, April Cummings, shares her experience and best practices for implementing Kidblog school- or district-wide. April discusses the benefits of creating and maintaining digital portfolios. In this webinar, you will learn: How Kidblog supports district-wide academic initiatives Using digital portfolios across curriculums

First and second grade gifted education teacher and Teacher Advisor for Kidblog in her district, April Cummings, shares her experience and best practices for implementing Kidblog school- or district-wide. April discusses the benefits of creating and maintaining digital portfolios. In this webinar, you will learn: How Kidblog supports district-wide academic initiatives Using digital portfolios across curriculums... read more

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly... read more

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance... read more

Webinar: Integrating Various Apps into Kidblog Posts

Webinar: Integrating Various Apps into Kidblog Posts

In this webinar, fifth grade English and Social Studies teacher, Michelle Miesko, shares how to use Kidblog with iPads and various EdTech apps. Michelle discusses best practices for moderating posts and comments, as well as, how images enhance Kidblog posts. In this video, you will learn: How to encourage quality comments The teacher’s role in

In this webinar, fifth grade English and Social Studies teacher, Michelle Miesko, shares how to use Kidblog with iPads and various EdTech apps. Michelle discusses best practices for moderating posts and comments, as well as, how images enhance Kidblog posts. In this video, you will learn: How to encourage quality comments The teacher’s role in... read more

Increasing Student Enjoyment in Writing

Increasing Student Enjoyment in Writing

Although I give them many tools to help them write, it is still hard to generate a positive response to writing. I had a moment three years ago (as my fourth class of the day groaned over a writing assignment) when I realized I needed to change something in our writing routine.

Although I give them many tools to help them write, it is still hard to generate a positive response to writing. I had a moment three years ago (as my fourth class of the day groaned over a writing assignment) when I realized I needed to change something in our writing routine.... read more