I have had the pleasure of working with two very cool incoming seventh graders during summer Jumpstart. We’ve been writing “True-Trouble” stories and turning them into published flip books. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in just a few short hours.
Metaphorical thinking requires critical thinking skills, mental flexibility, creativity, and a deep sense of understanding between the topics or items being compared. It’s a great way to check for understanding–and to help explain an idea to someone else. The basic question for generating metaphors to check for understanding or extend thinking is: “In what ways … Continue reading Metaphors Welcome
Thanks to middle school teacher Jennifer Leung for creating this awesome step-by-step presentation for students on their digital portfolio. There is an embedded Google Presentation and a YouTube video! Mrs. Leung is working on designing flipped class lessons as well as learning how to create screencasts and created these as an example of her learning … Continue reading Digital Portfolios: Getting Started
No, the title of this post isn’t a typo. My experiment in the GDRMS Bring Your Own Device program has been nothing short of Bring Your Own Amazing. Since June 3, students in my Language Arts classes have been allowed to bring their own personal computing devices to class and the response has been more than I … Continue reading BYOA
One of the areas of professional development I’m working on this year is with Flipping the Classroom. This includes both designing flipped class lessons as well as learning how to create screencasts and videos of my own. Here is an example of my learning so far.
It seems appropriate that the first post to my new GDRSD portfolio would be a poem. This one I dedicate to my grandparents. To read the FlipSnack version with images, scroll to the bottom for an embedded copy. “Tenderness” (for my grandparents, the greatest love story I know) “Tenderness” by Jennifer Leung she was receding … Continue reading Poetic Beginnings