#TechTuesday: Bring Blogging to Class with EduBlogs

One of my favorite school experiences was when my 8th-grade teacher encouraged us to create our own blogs on Xanga, an early-2000's service that sadly went the way of Myspace- still around, but no longer relevant. I loved the experience because the creativity and the freedom to post about things that mattered to me were … Continue reading #TechTuesday: Bring Blogging to Class with EduBlogs

16 Easy, Low-Key Activities for End-of-the-Year ELA that Aren’t Movies

The end of the year is upon us, and it can be a slow, slow crawl to the finish line. Grades are due and kids are checked out and admin has sent out yet another 'friendly reminder' about keeping kids learning until the last day. Fortunately, there are plenty of engaging, low-key, low-prep activities to … Continue reading 16 Easy, Low-Key Activities for End-of-the-Year ELA that Aren’t Movies

#TechTuesday: Engage Students with e-Chat on Backchannel

Don't you just love it when your students really get engaged in a discussion? The ideas are bouncing off each other, students are respectfully disagreeing or asking follow-up questions, and the collaborative learning is just lighting up all over the place! If whole-class discussions are your jam, this Backchannel Chat #TechTuesday feature is for you! … Continue reading #TechTuesday: Engage Students with e-Chat on Backchannel

15 Reasons Why You Should Try NaNoWriMo With Your Students

National Novel Writing Month, an annual November event, encourages aspiring writers all over the world to write a novel in just 30 days. The success of hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world attempting to write 50,000 words in a month led to the creation of the Young Writers Program, a non-profit organization … Continue reading 15 Reasons Why You Should Try NaNoWriMo With Your Students

How National Novel Writing Month Kickstarted My Teaching

National Novel Writing Month is, without a doubt, the biggest project I have undertaken in my teaching career thus far. While I have been familiar with NaNoWriMo since my early 20's, and I knew of the Young Writers Program in passing, I more or less jumped into the unit head-first with only a basic, general … Continue reading How National Novel Writing Month Kickstarted My Teaching