Finding Connections through Chaos

Finding Connections through Chaos

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos.

This is not an easy process, breaking students out of the safe, predictable mode of reports and essays. However, it’s a necessary one. Allow them the opportunity to find their chaos. ... read more

Finding a Voice

Finding a Voice

When I first introduced voice in writing, many of my students didn’t quite understand what was meant. I explained to them that having a voice in writing simply means that the author’s personality and beliefs shine through in their writing.

When I first introduced voice in writing, many of my students didn't quite understand what was meant. I explained to them that having a voice in writing simply means that the author's personality and beliefs shine through in their writing. ... read more

“My First Best Poem”

“My First Best Poem”

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.... read more

Give Them an Audience

Give Them an Audience

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won’t stop.

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won't stop.... 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

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,... read more

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using... read more