Capturing the Story with Imagery

Capturing the Story with Imagery

Imagery is the heart of storytelling. In my creative writing class, we begin the semester-long class with an exercise that helps students find the right words to convey to their readers the sensory details that bring the story alive. Eventually students learn that imagery is twofold.  First, it describes using sensory language, and second, it evokes

Imagery is the heart of storytelling. In my creative writing class, we begin the semester-long class with an exercise that helps students find the right words to convey to their readers the sensory details that bring the story alive. Eventually students learn that imagery is twofold.  First, it describes using sensory language, and second, it evokes... read more

Using Kidblog as a Virtual Classroom to Connect Physical Classes

Using Kidblog as a Virtual Classroom to Connect Physical Classes

Many Hats The role of an elementary teacher can vary. To some of us, that means donning the hat of the “Traveling Teacher”; we take our Mary Poppins bag of curricular tricks on the road each week in order to meet the needs of a certain population in multiple school buildings.  We risk rotator cuff issues

Many Hats The role of an elementary teacher can vary. To some of us, that means donning the hat of the “Traveling Teacher”; we take our Mary Poppins bag of curricular tricks on the road each week in order to meet the needs of a certain population in multiple school buildings.  We risk rotator cuff issues... read more

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this... read more

Collaboratively Blogging About Bias in Media

Collaboratively Blogging About Bias in Media

Year-over-year, blogging with teenagers about bias proves to be a diverse, eye-opening experience. Invariably, I come across that particular cohort’s unique personality – their interpretive style and individual perspective coming alive with every blog post and comment.  The challenge is always in developing explorations that will both engage and instruct with integrity and creativity, which

Year-over-year, blogging with teenagers about bias proves to be a diverse, eye-opening experience. Invariably, I come across that particular cohort’s unique personality – their interpretive style and individual perspective coming alive with every blog post and comment.  The challenge is always in developing explorations that will both engage and instruct with integrity and creativity, which... read more

Using Kidblog as a Vehicle of Expression

Using Kidblog as a Vehicle of Expression

Middle school kids LOVE personalization.  From what they wear to the music they listen to, their choices project who they are becoming.  This is one of the major reasons I enjoy teaching 6th grade, it’s awesome watching my students emerge from the cocoons of childhood to start testing their new found wings.  It is essential we

Middle school kids LOVE personalization.  From what they wear to the music they listen to, their choices project who they are becoming.  This is one of the major reasons I enjoy teaching 6th grade, it’s awesome watching my students emerge from the cocoons of childhood to start testing their new found wings.  It is essential we... read more

How an Audience Has Improved My Students’ Writing

How an Audience Has Improved My Students’ Writing

Teaching writing has been a challenging part of my job. Very few kids enjoyed writing in my class, and many outright hated it. While I have a “no moaning” policy in my room, the time of day most likely to elicit quiet moans and eye rolls was writing. When I learned about blogging with Kidblog,

Teaching writing has been a challenging part of my job. Very few kids enjoyed writing in my class, and many outright hated it. While I have a “no moaning” policy in my room, the time of day most likely to elicit quiet moans and eye rolls was writing. When I learned about blogging with Kidblog,... read more

The NaNoWriMo Classroom Challenge

The NaNoWriMo Classroom Challenge

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to produce a complete work in thirty days. This is no mean feat for anyone, regardless of their age and experience.

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to produce a complete work in thirty days. This is no mean feat for anyone, regardless of their age and experience.... read more