Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I think it's ironic that when I typed "ELA" into my BigHuge Thesaurus, terrorist organizations popped up. This post is all about ELA. Here are some sites this week and my ELA ideas for each (in no particular order)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
This week, I attended the TOT ELA EOC exam. Ok, for those of you (like my husband) who may not know what that means, it is the Training of Trainers for the English Language Arts End of Course exam. This test will replace the TAKS test. I came away with my head spinning, mostly thinking about how English teachers can prepare their students for this test. I came across this page titled "Using Writing in Mathematics" The light-bulb went off...these ideas and strategies can be adapted to fit any subject. I will reflect on the ELA slant...
Monday, May 17, 2010
1) Insert the picture above into your blog with a link back to the blog that nominated you
2) List 10 blogs you feel others should read
3) Tell the bloggers you have nominated that you have tagged them.
Sometimes you're the bug. Mary Chapin Carpenter said it perfectly. This week, I was definitely the bug. I hit so many windshields this week, I was grateful for a weekend break. After two pep talks from SHansen, and one from my boss, I feel as if I can keep on keeping on.
So, this week, I came across numerous history related sites. Here they are (in no particular order)
1. Currency Converter - This always reminds me of my grandpa. He used to constantly tell me that I do not know the value of a dollar. Well, this site lets you compare yesterday's prices with today's. This would be a great addition to an economics lesson or any story with a setting in the past (To Kill a Mockingbird, Grapes of Wrath, ex..)
2. Panoramic Images - I know I have mentioned this site before but I feel I should mention it again. They seem to constantly update their site with new images and additions. Check out the USA 360 Virtual Tours section. Read your students a short story about Death Valley, show them the panoramic, and then have them write a journal entry from the viewpoint of a lizard living there. What a great lesson!
3. World History - I like the ability to upload your own family tree and see how your family contributed to history. Many English teachers I know have the seniors research their family tree and develop a family crest. This would be a neat addition to that assignment.
4. Motto Generator - I like this site. In addition to the above, you could have students create their own family motto. I think this would be a neat assignment to do at the beginning of the school year as a "get to know you" activity. Create your own motto(s) that represents you as a student/learner. Then plug them into glogster and make an interactive poster "ALL ABOUT YOU".
So, I will end with the famous words of Joe Dirt. "Life's a garden...dig it!"
Friday, May 14, 2010
decided I must.
This past Sunday Joe, a former student and player of mine,
along with his family went to Cheddars. Joe and his wife Jill
have a son named Jim who has a spinal condition that has relegated him
to a wheelchair.
They arrived around 3:00 p.m. They were told the wait would be
approximately 12 minutes. After about 30 minutes, and after multiple
parties who came in after them were seated, Joe's wife Jill
approached the hostess and manager to make sure their name was still on
the list. He told them it was.
After another 15 minutes and numerous other parties being seated ahead
of them, she again approached the manager. This time he became
belligerent and told them they were still trying to find them a table.
Jill asked why others who obviously came in after them were being
seated before them. The manager (who is now raising his voice for all
to hear) told her that the wheelchair Jim was in would block the aisles
and that only able-bodied patrons could be seated at this time until the
She turned around and asked Joe if he heard what the man just said.
Joe did hear it, but asked him to repeat it. The guy came from
around the stand, threw up his arms and repeated what he told them,
again raising his voice. The manager offered to show Jill how the
chair would block the aisles. Jill told him he did not need to show
her. Joe said at this time Jill began to cry. The manager told
them that if this was not satisfactory, they could leave, and if they
kept making a scene, he would be forced to call the police.
Joe asked for his name. The manager refused to give it to him,
saying he could get it at Cheddars.com. He asked for the two hostess'
names and the manager told him they were available online as well. At
this time, the manager picked up the phone and called the police.
Joe gathered his family and left. He said the other folks waiting
for a table were literally dumbfounded by the manager's actions. Many
of them left as well.
I just spoke to Joe and have tried to make sure this recount is as
accurate as possible. I realize how hard this is to believe. In this
day and age, that someone could be so blatantly inconsiderate is really
quite unfathomable. I am sickened by it.
What you do with this information is up to you. I just thought everyone
I know should here this story.
WebQuests and Science Games
Rags to Riches (5th grade TAKS questions Game)
Rags to Riches (part 2)
Who Wants to Win 1 Million Dollars?
Earth Science Millionaire Game
Cool Math Games
Science Interactives/Hands-on Activities (check out under Living Things the Cow Eye Dissection
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Melt 2 sticks margarine
Mix with 1/2 cup lt. brown sugar
2 C flour
1/2 C finely chopped pecans
Bake at 325 degrees in Pyrex pan for 25-30 min. Cool
Mix 1/2 large Cool Whip
2 (3 oz. each ) pkg cream cheese
1 C powdered sugar
Beat together and spread on crust
2 small boxes + 3 C milk
1 large instant vanilla pudding
Spread over cream cheese
1 large instant chocolate pudding
Topping - 1/2 large Cool Whip
Decorate with chocolate curls
Since joining this group, I have gained and gained...but it is worth it to be working with such a great group of people!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Three words that describe .....
Three details about .......'s appearance
Three facts about ........'s personality
Three challenges .......... face
Three accomplishments .......... achieved
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
When looking for useful search engines, someone mentioned Mashpedia. I like this search engine. It brings up top news, trending people/topics, and search results contain videos, flickr images, and social media mentions.
60SecondRecap is one I can appreciate as an English teacher at heart. You could use this 60SecondRecap as a trailer/teaser into a novel, as review along the way, or students could create their own 60SecondRecap as an assessment.
Guess the wordle is a game I played with my English classes. I would put together a wordle over vocabulary terms, characters in a story we were reading, or grammar concepts I covered that day. Part of their warm-up was to guess the wordle in their journal. @GuessTheWordle has a site called Guess The Wordle. It is fun to play and definitely a neat tool you could use in the classroom.
Have a great week! Also, if you have any tips, tricks, or sites that might help me with the GRE, let me know by leaving a comment or via Twitter @lisamonthie