March 24, 2014

Checking In.....

Look at the project that Linda Porter designed.  It's simply beautiful. Linda's students read the book 1984. Her assignment was inspired by the website “” where people send in postcards upon which they have written their deepest secrets.  Using this format as a guide, she created a similar backdrop for students to have their own “secrets” posted.  She assigned her students to create two secrets of a character in the novel 1984 for each of the three chapters, a total of 6.  In order to do this, students had to analyze character motivation, actions, and in some cases, anticipate and extrapolate reasonable expectations about the character.  They were given permission to submit one explicit secret, for example “I am afraid of my own children” but they also had to submit a more intuitive secret as well. Students were encouraged to create postcards in which the pictorial content contributed to the meaning of the secret.  This assignment allowed students to mix contemporary web experiences with classroom assignments. I think know you will be impressed with what they came up with.

Please click here to view Linda's 1984 Post Secret Blog.

Congratulations to Cari Vangen, Beth Hensley, Tara Gullett, Angela Murphy, Rachael Fryman and Richard Grow. You are the first MS/HS math teachers to take advantage of the FREE online tutor program TenMarks. If you have not seen TenMarks, you need to take a minute to check it out. TenMarks provides you with an online forum in which you can assign mathematics practice problems to students and track their progress. If a student gets stuck on a problem he or she can open a tutorial to help him or her through the problem. TenMarks provides teachers with the option to CC parents on the assignments sent to students. The online curriculum provided by TenMarks can be aligned to the state standards a teacher chooses.Signing up your classes is a one time simple process.  If you need help, I am sure the people who have jumped in wouldn't mind pointing you in the right direction. 

Mrs. Susie Hoffman's class just completed a trendy little project.  Susie was covering comparing informational texts. We found two articles on the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston. (Seriously, 21 people were killed and 150 injured by a flood of Molasses.)  After transferring them in to a Google Doc, Susie had her students use the annotation features to complete a close read.  She then took it just a little further and had their discussion questions ready for them on a Google doc.  BAM!  Google Magic! 

Have you heard of the website Blendspace? As our district starts to explorer the concept of blended learning, we came across this nifty little site. In a tiny little nutshell, Blendspace is a FREE place on the web for students and teachers to organize and share information, measure student understanding and track student progress in real time. (What an awesome nutshell) 
Take a look at some of the very first Edgewood Blendspace lessons. When you open them, look for the "play" button at the top left. 

Cari Vangen: Rocket ModelingRachael Fryman: Scientific Notation, Exponent RulesKatie Conley : Pythagorean Theorem

Look for more on Blended Learning soon! 

Like always, if you are interested in any of these projects, or have an idea you would like to try please contact me. 

P.S.  Close your eyes, where will you be this time next week? 

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