Archive for Valerie Walker
Hi everyone, Check out this Mankato Free Press article on the the use of technology at St. Peter South! I was particularly excited to read that the second grade is using blogs and that they are exploring “digital citizenship”!
I just came across this article, Multi-tasking while Studying, and thought that it would be interesting for the practicum class to discuss. While I read it, I thought about my own multi-tasking and work, as well as how younger students might be learning. (Like the author of the article, I have to admit that I’m […]
You might have seen in the news that NBA player Jason Collins just became the first male professional athlete currently in one of the four major sports (football, baseball, hockey, and basketball) to publicly come out as gay. Last week, NPR did a lovely piece on the implications of his move. (At that time, no […]
Today we had a great discussion about how teachers might respond to students who want to discuss yesterday’s bombings of the Boston Marathon. I found this article that is directed towards parents, but has some sound advice: Be in Control of What Your Kids Hear.
Two things have inspired this post: the incredible writing you all shared in your midterm writing portfolios and my sense that I’ll never have enough time in class to share all of the resources that came to mind as I read! If you are interesting in doing the “Where I’m From” poem with a future […]
Here’s a shout out for Kelly Okerman, who is currently student teaching. This is a video they made for their school to get them excited for Earth Day. We haven’t talked about this in class, but I can imagine using the writing process to block out and create a script for this type of video.
My father-in-law sent me a link to this article to share with all of you. The article focuses on how a waitress treated a customer with autism with respect. (And, by implication, how rare these exchanges are.) I have to admit that it made me tear up!
The new social studies standards have been adopted, but not without some controversy.
Yes, I realize that it is March and not November, but today our class will be investigating a holiday that is often celebrated, but not studied in elementary schools: Thanksgiving. We’ll be using the QuIPs (Questions into Paragraphs) strategy to do research for a class book on Thanksgiving. During our research time, please consult at […]
Here we are at the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies spring conference! In the upcoming week, let’s share resources and teaching ideas from the conference. (I’ll look through my notes and get the ball rolling tomorrow.)