This past year, I decided to separate fiction into genres(Genrefication of Fiction) to help make it easier for students to find books they were interested in reading. I also promised students I would have a quiz they could take to determine the genres that best fit their personality. The Fiction Genre Quiz is finally done and ready for students. There is no scientific basis for the quiz ; it’s just for fun. Hopefully it will give students a starting place when searching for a good book. Huge thanks to www.readerpants.net for sharing her quiz so I could edit with our genres.
With school back in full swing, it was time to change our back to school bulletin board with something more current. With Instagram favored by teens over Facebook and Twitter as their most important social networking tool, it was the perfect choice for our theme. Visiting classrooms around the school allowed me to take pictures of students and faculty going about the daily life of school here at WJMS. I created wjmsknights as our faux Instagram account and added applicable hashtags to go with the images. Inserting each image into an Instagram template found online, made them look much more authentic. I also included some infographics found online which show how powerful Instagram can be as a tool for social networking. Since the kids have seen me around the building taking pictures, they have been drawn to the new board to see which images I posted. I plan to keep this board up through the spring while changing out the pictures of WJMS events throughout the year.
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when the tragic events of September 11, 2001 occurred? I was in the library shelving books when my principal hurried in the door and asked me to turn on the television. Over the course of the school day, I watched the horrifying reality of those terrorist attacks unfold. Those images will be forever locked in my memories. For the middle school students we are teaching in our schools today, the impact of 9/11 has been a part of their lives as long as they can remember. Since most were not yet born when the events occurred, our students do not fully understand how all our lives changed that day. It is our job to educate them on the events of September 11, 2001 and its impact on America.
Below are some resources for teachers to assist with their instruction:
- http://www.teachablemoment.org/images/9-11teachingguide.pdf – page 17 has middle school lessons
Football season has started so I decided to promote our football books using an idea found on Pinterest. Our sports display is always popular with our students but this year I thought we could add something new. I used a pool noodle to make the goal post, green bulletin board paper to make the field, white bulletin board paper to make the lines and numbers, and orange duct tape to mark the end zone.
Are you ready for some football?
Last week I had the opportunity to work with a group of teachers to show some of the additional features of their Google account. I started the session in Drive with how to organize files and folders as well as methods of sharing them with students. Next, the teachers accessed their classes in Groups to learn how to send an email to all students in a class. I also showed the group how to create automatic grading tests using the add-on Flubaroo with Forms. I was only able to get to half of the items on my agenda but I think the group found the session useful. We have another In-Service day coming up in November and I will plan for another Google Workshop. Huge thanks to all the teachers who were able to find a way to fit the workshop into their busy schedule.
I’ve recently weeded through our fiction section and discarded many of our oldest books. While we reuse old books for book art projects(see our book hand sculpture for Halloween) and for our Book Exchange, I had another idea borrowed from Pinterest for these books. With kids helping, this display took much longer than I thought it would to complete. I love how it turned out though!