Category Archives: Classroom projects

No Apologies by kroeningj

“It’s in the curriculum.” I have said this to my students. However, this is ironic because I had a hand in revising the curriculum. It’s not acceptable. No more apologies.

The alternatives to apology listed on p. 124 remind me of my bulletin board-Change your words; change your mindset. I guess it works for teachers, too!

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Last year I had a group of less than motivated students. When it came time to do Romeo and Juliet, I used the alternative text. I told myself we would never be able to get through the original text. Now, I wonder if I really did for them or was it for me? The alternate text was easier to understand, but I robbed them of “the hard necessary to scholarship (122). If I am going to make my students talk standard English and in complete sentences, I should not be introducing them to alternative texts. It’s in the curriculum for a reason!

I saved this a couple of years ago. Fits in nicely to Chapter 3! I Don’t Know

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Students have fun creating a meme

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by Steve Lyle, language arts teacher, West High School, Davenport, Iowa

I’m a creative type, but it’s hard to think of creative classroom projects when I’m pushed for time. That’s why I like networking with colleagues on Twitter. I follow a handful of the best teachers in my field, such as Catlin Tucker for teaching a blended English classroom, and Chris Snyder for the latest ideas about communicating on the web. Once I get that great idea, I can’t wait to try it out and then to apply it in my classroom. The key factors are keeping it simple and fun.

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For example, Ms. Tucker recently explained how she had her students create a meme for their area of study.  She excels at explaining each step of the process that uses an advanced Google search and Google Drawing.

Light bulb flash!  I read Facebook memes everyday–I even have published some of own–but I never considered having my students do it. Wouldn’t it be fun for them to sum up an important point from “To Kill a Mockingbird” using a meme?  My students loved doing the assignment and sharing them.

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My lesson? To find time to see how others are applying new ideas with the tech tools now available. I’ve been busy this year now that all my students have a Chromebook in class. I am working hard to find additional online resources and projects for my students.

And spreading the word.