Common Core Is Bringing Change

June 16, 2011


Today, I attended the Arkansas Dept. of Career Ed. Business and Marketing Technology Conclave. The goal was to discuss key questions about how Common Core will affect career education in Arkansas–what adjustments we will need to make. My table, table 25, had a wonderful discussion. I was awed by the discussion we had. We talked […]

Posted in: Reflection

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 […]

Tweaking Mini Laptops for the Classroom

August 19, 2010


I’ve just started my second year with a classroom set of  Asus eeePC’s.  I don’t know how I ever taught without them! I spent some time this summer researching applications to install that would make them a better tool–particularly for literacy. I thought I’d share the list. Google Chrome: We used Internet Explorer all last […]

Starting a Learning Journey

July 26, 2010


I’m blessed to be working with a group of colleagues from my   school, collaborating in our 21st Century Learning Community (21clc). We are beginning year two together. This year, we’re undertaking a book study of Reinventing Project-Based Learning. We’ll be merging our district 21Things course with the book study, exploring several digital tools we can […]

Posted in: Reflection

Testing BlogJet

June 28, 2010


I just read (can’t remember where) a blogger explaining how he uses BlogJet, which allows him to blog even when he doesn’t have internet access. Sounds interesting. I’ve downloaded the application and am giving it a spin. Here’s  the pre-written message from BlogJet: I have installed an interesting application – BlogJet. It’s a cool Windows client […]

Posted in: Blogging How-To

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. […]

Google Maps and More

October 12, 2009


I just discovered two awesome tools, and my mind is reeling with possibilities for my students. Google Maps allows anyone to create a customized map with placemarkers that, when clicked, launch a pop-up box complete with text, links, images, even videos.  Think of all the novels or short stories where setting is prominent, especially novels […]


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!

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Teaching How Diction Reveals Tone

September 16, 2009


Teaching students to dig deep into a text can be challenging, especially when today’s students aren’t regular readers. Since school started four weeks ago, I’ve been trying to inspire mine to establish a daily habit of reading and to read deeply. Today, we tackled diction and tone. I began the lesson by having three  students […]

Posted in: Projects/Lessons

Classroom Redesign: It’s Finally Happening at My School!

June 9, 2009


I was perusing my blog this morning, reading through past posts, and I came across this one I wrote in January of this year. I had been silent on my blog for some time prior to that post, silent because I was teaching English full-time and trying to rally my district to embrace a major […]