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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, […]