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Teaching Vocabulary

August 24, 2010


Most of us have read the research that says giving kids lists of words and  having them learn and spit back definitions doesn’t work. It doesn’t grow kids’ vocabularies. Not really. I’ve read the research (and agree with it), but I still struggle with devising an organized system for teaching vocabulary.  I like order–at least […]

Teacher Inquiry Teams

June 22, 2010


I’ve just concluded a session at Arkansas ASCD conference, hearing Charles DeBerry, principal at a Harlem school. He explained one of the key tenets that has helped them improve to a grade “A” school: teacher inquiry teams. DeBerry described how teams of teachers meet regularly to review student work, focusing on a key target skill. […]

Flickr Trial

October 2, 2009


fortsmith_minis Originally uploaded by Lisa Huff I’m trying to see what this looks like when I use the “blog this” feature of Flickr to publish a photo that I’ve annotated. I’m wondering if my annotations will be visible. We’ll see!

Another Year of Gatsby VoiceThreads

May 8, 2009


I’ve been absent from blogging here for quite some time. I’ve actually been reading, commenting, and creating content in other places like at the Classrooms 21 blog, a project we’re tackling in my district to redesign the learning environment in our classrooms, to make it a more active, engaging, technology-infused environment. What I really want […]

I Too Am Asking: Why Change?

January 23, 2009


I’ve been silent for a while on this blog, busy working on my class wiki, the 21clc wiki, creating new blogs and wikis for several projects I have going, commenting on other blogs, trying to help other teachers and students take their ideas and conversations online. If I’m honest with myself, I’ve also been silent […]

Low-Tech Solution Reaps High-End Results

September 4, 2008


I’d love for every student in my classroom to have a laptop. They don’t. In the absence of one-to-one laptops, I’ve been searching for ways to engage each student. Enter individual whiteboards. Get Every Kid a Whiteboard This summer I purchased a classroom set (30) of 16X16 whiteboards at Home Depot for less than $30-they […]

goodreads: Get Students Connecting around Texts

August 12, 2008


GR_signup Originally uploaded by Filament Launcher This summer I shared goodreads in several of my workshops. If you haven’t yet heard of it, it’s one of the many online social libraries: sites that allow users to create a library of the books they’ve read, rate books, write reviews, discuss books with other users, write quiz questions, […]

Twilight Series: For Pleasure & For Pedagogy

June 9, 2008


I’ve gone on a fiction reading binge while lounging on the beach this past week. There’s no better way to re-energize after a taxing school year than to sit in a beach chair beside the ocean, inhale the salty air, soak in the not-yet-too-hot sun, massage the feet in the sand, and escape via literary pages. […]

Teaching Tone: Second in the Poetry Series

April 15, 2008


I confess: I simply haven’t had time to catalogue all the lessons in the poetry unit, so this is not actually the second lesson. It just happens to be today’s lesson. I’ll get back to the others—when I can find time to do them justice.   Created by my student intern, Ashley Dorsey, this lesson’s goal […]

Teacher’s Rein Loosened = Student Creativity Abounding

April 2, 2008


Yesterday I formally introduced the overview of the ePortfolio project to my AP English Language students–the subject of this post. I am thrilled with their initial response to the project, and I’m hoping their enthusiasm doesn’t dwindle.


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