Archive for Valerie Walker
Today we talked about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Here’s a link to a great illustration of how (not) diverse children’s literature is today. (I love this because it is a cartoon!) One place to find quality, diverse children’s literature is at the American Library Association’s awards page. What resources do you know […]
Next Monday’s Moe Lecture is Nigerian author Chimamanda Adiche! I can’t express how exciting this is! Right now we are scheduled to view and discuss her TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, on our Celebration of Writing Day. I’m going to reorganize our schedule a bit and have us work with it at […]
Today Michele, Katrina and I asked you to weigh in on which topics we might explore in our special session on “Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom”. (Dan Moos will be our guest presenter!) Many of you listed “flipped classrooms” as one of your interests. I came across this article that raises questions about the […]
Lots to think about in this article on spelling: The only people who benefit from spelling tests are those who do well on them – and the benefit is to their self-esteem rather than their spelling ability. They were already good spellers. The people who don’t benefit from spelling tests are those who are poor […]
Check out this news report on the state’s proposed anti-bullying law. This bill is referred to as the “Safe Schools” law and comes out of a discussion about how schools can protect students from anti-gay harassment. Evidently there’s a movement to keep it from being passed. Later in the semester we’ll watch a video called […]
Thank you to everyone for a fun class session! I appreciated your thoughts on what it means to “think historically” and loved looking at the Hands On History artifacts! Here’s a link the Colonial Williamsburg site. You’ll see that they have lots of other resources for teachers. In a couple of weeks we’ll be talking […]
Don’t forget to register for the MCSS conference, March 2-3, 2014. (I believe February 20th is the last day you can get the student discount.) Check out the conference website for registration and the conference schedule.
This was a friendly reminder to me to think through the impact of projects that are completed at home. As teacher, we always need to think about the resources at-home projects require, what learning is accomplished, and what role we want parents to play. Did anyone have a teacher who did an especially good job […]
As I read your journal entries this morning, you helped me think about why writing is important for our students. Then, I was on Facebook and I saw this great love letter from a father to his daughters about how they shouldn’t accept the definition of beauty that fashion magazines will try to sell them. […]
I’m curious about everyone’s first impressions of our class blog. What can I (or we) do to make this a meaningful experience? What questions about reading, writing or teaching with blogs are on your mind? What would people like to learn about the more technical side of blogging?