Tag: Literature

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my... read more

AASL 2017 Recap

AASL 2017 Recap

This past week, our team was in Phoenix, AZ attending the AASL National Conference — the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community. Expo Hall: Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the

This past week, our team was in Phoenix, AZ attending the AASL National Conference — the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community. Expo Hall: Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the... read more

Blogging in a Library Setting

Blogging in a Library Setting

Educators are constantly encouraged to implement technology into their curriculum. The abundance of apps, websites, and online tools can quickly become overwhelming for teachers and librarians. As media specialists, it is your job to master online tools and teach the most effective platforms to other teachers in your school. It is likely you have been

Educators are constantly encouraged to implement technology into their curriculum. The abundance of apps, websites, and online tools can quickly become overwhelming for teachers and librarians. As media specialists, it is your job to master online tools and teach the most effective platforms to other teachers in your school. It is likely you have been... read more

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Mini Lessons in Kidblog

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”

Stream of consciousness in blogging is a wonderful way for a writer to express oneself without getting hung up on the mechanics of writing.  I love to see my students go to town and write what is in their hearts and minds without hesitation and worry that “this may not be what the teacher wants.”... read more

Moving Literature Discussions Online

Moving Literature Discussions Online

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students... read more

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Finding student motivation

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Finding student motivation

How could we facilitate a student-centered, digital writing environment, a place where student writers flourished? For the 11th graders – a blog writing competition:

How could we facilitate a student-centered, digital writing environment, a place where student writers flourished? For the 11th graders - a blog writing competition:... read more

Using Kidblog in Literature Circles

Using Kidblog in Literature Circles

A number of years ago I attempted to reinvent literature circles by putting the questions online and using Kidblog as the forum… they work together answering deeper level questions in class, and then they break to individually answer those questions on Kidblog.

A number of years ago I attempted to reinvent literature circles by putting the questions online and using Kidblog as the forum... they work together answering deeper level questions in class, and then they break to individually answer those questions on Kidblog.... read more