Saturday, April 30, 2011

Diigo bookmark (weekly)

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Here's another post from Solana with a video she found in a google search for dogs and puppies (Can you tell it's spring break?): Solana says, "Who let the dogs out? You'll get a bark out of this video!"

Cute Shih Tzu

Post from Solana (who has been researching dogs): "This Shih Tzu is cute and affecionate. Maybe it doesn't like the leash; maybe it does. Looks like it's looking at the post office boxes." (Photo taken from

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Diigo bookmark (weekly)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Tweets I Wish I'd Tweeted: Teachers College Invitational

Once again, I was invigorated and inspired after attending the TC conference in March. As I become more familiar with Twitter (still a novice!), I've realized that it’s a helpful way of publicly taking/sharing notes on key points when I attend workshops. Unfortunately, halfway into my first workshop, a Q and A with Jon Scieska, my phone ran out of juice and I didn’t have my charger, (Fie on you, Droid!) so I had to resort to pen and paper. Now that I’ve finally gotten around to going over my notes, in the spirt of public notetaking, I’d like to share some nuggets that are TLFT (Too Late For Twitter).

Jon Scieszka talk
He likes Kafka, Borghes, and Tristan Shandy: “the original meta fiction”
He like to "mess with the idea of what a book should be"
Look for an upcoming YA novel
Guysread inspired by his son who had to read LH on the Prairie as a 3rd grader and found it tortuous
Technology—lagging in the children’s book industry
Favorite letter from a student: “We’re supposed to write to our favorite author, but Roald Dahl is dead, so I chose you.”
Kids should know there are lots of different ways to be authors and illustrators
“The main thing I learned was how not to get in kids’ way…and to really respect them for who they are as learners.”
“What I learned as a teacher was to listen.”

Stephanie Harvey on "mini inquiries"
Laying down a foundation for inquiry—kids’ questions matter
“One of the great things about inquiry is we find things we didn’t anticipate.”
The great thing about inquiry is that it leads us to more inquiry: “the more we know, the more we wonder.”
#1 way to teach inquiry is to model our own curiosity.
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” –Socrates

Linda Darling Hammond Closing Key Note
“Testing without investing” setting standards without putting resources in place
School to prison pipeline: “We choose to incarcerate rather than educate”
8 states spend more on incarceration than schools
“A war on teachers becomes a war on children.”
“We can’t fire our way to teaching excellence.”

Friday, April 1, 2011

Nonfiction summary

This is a voki that a small group of fourth graders completed with teacher support after reading an on level book about whales, recording facts and questions, and finding main ideas and supporting details. The next step will be for them to do the same on their own.