Tag: Gifted

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

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

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Confronting reluctance and resistance

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Confronting reluctance and resistance

And then reality hit. Honestly, I still can’t pinpoint the exact obstacles; why my students were so reluctant to engage in an academic-digital context. But I can share my experiences, frustrations and disappointments and I can share my tiny victories.

And then reality hit. Honestly, I still can’t pinpoint the exact obstacles; why my students were so reluctant to engage in an academic-digital context. But I can share my experiences, frustrations and disappointments and I can share my tiny victories.... read more

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic... 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

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and... read more

Overcoming Common Struggles with the Comments Section

Overcoming Common Struggles with the Comments Section

  About 5 years into my teaching career, I was fed up with lugging student reader’s response notebooks home every day, fighting to try and stay on top of responding to each letter. The whole thing seemed archaic to me. I just knew there had to be a better way. Turns out there was—blogging. It made perfect

  About 5 years into my teaching career, I was fed up with lugging student reader’s response notebooks home every day, fighting to try and stay on top of responding to each letter. The whole thing seemed archaic to me. I just knew there had to be a better way. Turns out there was—blogging. It made perfect... read more