The Weekend Ed. Quote this week is… a poem!!
The mind is constantly trying to figure out
what page it’s on in the story of itself.
Close the book. Burn the bookmark. End of story.
Now the dancing begins.
~ Ikko Narasaki
🎃 When I was in the high school classroom teaching full-time, I asked my Dad to visit class on the guise of delivering something. Then, I would abruptly turn the lights out (still light streaming in from the windows) and Dad would launch into “The Raven” (complete with a flashlight under his chin)! At the end, he erupted into a ghoulish laugh! Even the rough and tough would jump! We’d discuss the power of spooky words and Poe’s use of descriptive language. Then students would create their own version of a section of “The Raven.” Students would rewrite and/or act out (for my English class) or illustrate with digital media and/or act out their own version of a section of The Raven using digital media from The Library of Congress or other open source clipart (in my computer class). I recorded these vignettes with my phone and later used Vine (RIP) and Flipgrid to capture.
🎃 These resources from https://pbskids.org/halloween/ are “fab-boo-lous” for working on students’ creativity and storytelling skills. Also, discover fun, new ways to incorporate learning into your classroom’s Halloween activities, with stories, songs, and hands-on activities: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-halloween-collection/#.XbiYeujYrnE
🎃 The KIDZ Page website http://www.thekidzpage.com/halloween_games/index.html has a tool to allow students to spin their own spooky Halloween tale of terror! See also Halloween themed Mahjong and activities for online coloring
🎃 Use EDP to storyboard, sketch, and create an augmented reality haunted house in Minecraft, Flipgrid AR, ThinkLink or your choice.
🎃 Use EDP to storyboarded the concepts, design costumes, record narration videos, then used AR triggers all over the school to “haunt” the hallways.
🎃 Create a QR-coded Halloween Scavenger Hunt to haunt the hallway by your room
Here are additional ideas from Awesome Educators:
🎃 Students use Flipgrid (or Teacher creates the Flip) and descriptive language (sensory words) to explain their Halloween Costume. But the key is for them not to tell what their costume is! The classmates will try to guess what the costume is by replying to the Flip. –Seen in a post on TCEA idea exchange
🎃 My 1st and 2nd graders will be doing an Escape Room activity through Breakout Edu. It’s called “The Perfect Pumpkin Hunt.” Students will be working as teams to read the clues and solve the puzzles to get treats (not tricks!). They’ve really enjoyed these activities in the past, and this time around I’ve invited our administrators, School Board members, and district grant committee members to join in the fun!
🎃 I have an activity called Pumpkin Math. I took the idea from another teacher many years ago. We get some pumpkins, weigh them, measure them, cut them open, count seeds, etc on Halloween. I have used this activity every year in 5th grade as well as in 1st grade! Works like a charm!
Pumpkin emojis at this link: https://emojipedia.org/jack-o-lantern/
Watch as Ms. Wright explains her strategy for engaging young learners with books!
Why Is This Strategy Effective?
Growth in reading requires building knowledge and vocabulary. This occurs through conversations about books with students and the students’ own reading experience, especially independent reading .
Beck, I. L. (1997). Questioning the author: An approach for enhancing student engagement with text. Order Department, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, PO Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139.
Kerns, G. (2019, October 15). The Truth About Non-fiction Reading [Webinar]. In EdWeb ELA Webinar Series. Retrieved from https://www.edweb.net/.5c4f5a7b/
Our PBS Educators are creating Literacy Initiatives for their schools/libraries/districts!! Watch this video of their Literacy Goals made w/ #Animoto: “#PBSReaders4Life Literacy Goals!” pic.twitter.com/X5LMh7XM3A
— Helen Teague (@TweetTeague) October 4, 2019
Larger Version, Slightly Better Readability
Pause to read Learner’s Goals
The Widget feature from Goodreads… would it be a forward-facing communication method for reading teachers?
The purpose of this study (Fuller, Lehman, Hicks & Novick, 2017) was to explore bedtime electronic use and its impact on 3 health consequences—sleep quantity and quality, inattention, and body mass index. Parents of 234 children, ages 8 to 17 years, were surveyed to quantify hours of technology use (computer, video games, cell phone, and television), hours of sleep, and inattentive behaviors. Using any device at bedtime was associated with a statically significant increased use of multiple forms of technology at bedtime and use in the middle of the night, reducing sleep quantity and quality. Little association was found between technology use and inattention.
A statistically significant association was found between bedtime technology use and elevated body mass index.
Clinicians should discuss the impact of technology at bedtime to prevent harmful effects of overexposure.
“There was a significant relationship between average hours of sleep and technology use before bedtime (Figure 2). Children who watched television at bedtime were recorded to get 30 minutes less of sleep than those who did not watch television at bedtime (P = 0.025). Children who used their phone at bedtime reported approximately 1 hour less of sleep than those who did not (P < 0.001). Also, children who played video games at bedtime reported 30 minutes less sleep than those who did not, and were more likely (OR = 2.7; 95% CI = 1.30-5.75) to have trouble staying asleep. Children who used a computer at bedtime were reported to have approximately 60 minutes less sleep than those who did not (P < 0.001) and were more likely (OR = 2.1; 95% CI = 1.10-3.92) to have trouble falling asleep.”
The study referenced some indications toward tech use and B.M.I.
Study Reference Citation
Fuller, C., Lehman, E., Hicks, S., & Novick, M. B. (2017). Bedtime use of technology and associated sleep problems in children. Global pediatric health.Study retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5669315/
Study pdf: TechAndSleepAtBedtime2017
This July 4th post features a quote from a true hero–Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, American Medal of Honor Recipient. Staff Sergeant Bellavia opened the New York Stock Exchange on July 3, 2019. Hero Bellavia said this in an interview following the opening of New York Stock Exchange:
“The flag is a representative, it’s symbolism of what this country is at its core, of men and women who’ve died. It’s the last thing that we remember that’s literally laid over their remains. It’s a very solemn and it means a whole lot to us. It might not mean that to everyone else, but I care about the veterans. I care about the guys I served with and what that means to us. It’s very important to us and I guarantee you that we will show the honor and reverence that the flag has earned. We are soldiers for life, sir.” Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, American Medal of Honor Recipient. Speaking to interviewer David Asman. Staff Sergeant Bellavia opened the New York Stock Exchange on July 3, 2019. Sergeant Bellavia is the only living Iraq war veteran to receive the American Medal of Honor.
Moving my summer reading list to Kindle since the upcoming trip to India requires origami-style packing skills.
Here is my Kindle list so far… with 20+ hour fight(s) and also layovers, looks like I’ll also be using the Kindle Cloud Offline Reading feature.
Resources abound for #CurieMeetsCassatt –Read more posts at this link
From the Library of Congress Email Digest:
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced on June 19, 2019 that Joy Harjo had received the appointment of the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium.
“What a tremendous honor it is to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate,” Harjo said. “I share this honor with ancestors and teachers who inspired in me a love of poetry, who taught that words are powerful and can make change when understanding appears impossible, and how time and timelessness can live together within a poem. I count among these ancestors and teachers my Muscogee Creek people, the librarians who opened so many doors for all of us, and the original poets of the indigenous tribal nations of these lands, who were joined by diverse peoples from nations all over the world to make this country and this country’s poetry.”
Read some of Harjo’s poetry at this link from the Poetry Foundation.
Harjo joins a long line of distinguished poets who have served in the position, including Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Wright, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Donald Hall, Ted Kooser, Louise Glück, Billy Collins, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Rita Dove.
Related Information: Hooray for Joy! The Library Has a New Poet Laureate