Posts from October 2010

Whiteboards Unplugged: Busted Booktalk Leads to More Readers.

Catcher in the Rye, self and society, insiders and outsiders were all topics being considered by 9th Grade students this week. I dropped by one of the classes, planning to share a short booktalk around those themes. Well, that didn’t happen. In my warm up, I mentioned that J.D. Salinger’s toilet had been listed at million bucks on Ebay.

Posted: October 22, 2010

Mad Men and Microfiche

 The season finale of Mad Men is over.  A major disappointment occurred when I didn't get to see Sally screaming her head off during a Beatles concert, though the shot of her reading a Nancy Drew mystery nearly made up for that bitter pill.

Posted: October 20, 2010

Bb 2.0 - A Collaborative Music and Spoken Word Project

When you go to the project website , play all of the videos at once in any order. The result is olympian (ok, I go crazy for Beethoven in Bb major) Read about how Darren Solomon,  once he realized that more than one Youtube video could be played simultaniously, created the project .  I forwarded the site on to our band teacher. He's all fired up to get the high school kids doing something similar.

Posted: October 15, 2010

Student Take Fewer Showers To Save Water

When I read about 21st century skills and student learning, it's the social action component that grips me;  the sterling goal of becoming a global citizen. I'm not driven, despite being a tech director, to share yet another way to edit videos. Worthy, cool learning tools will always be found by both students and teachers.  Experience has shown me that students sometimes need a push towards altruism though; but once poked, watch out! Today is Blog Action Day.

Posted: October 15, 2010

Violence Free Zone

Bede Sheppard, an activist and researcher from Human Rights Watch International came to the Global Studies class today to address a growing, under- reported international crisis- that of violence against schools, teachers and students. Students were  motivated to help increase public awareness for this violence againt educators and students.

Posted: October 14, 2010

Digital Archive Of Peace Corps Volunteer Stories & Photos

50 years ago this weekend JFK, then a senator, stood on the steps of The Graduate Library at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and  put out a call for service. He asked students to export global peace and justice to developing nations and  hundreds responded with petitions. From this effort the Peace Corps was formed.

Posted: October 12, 2010

"Rachel meets and conquers the bearded dragon"

The more I learn, the less I know. How true. Rachel Goldberg; my former student teacher, recent dog fancier and heir apparent to Ms Frizzle recently wrote a post for Joyce Valenza’s Neverending Search Blog. Her  tale struck a chord with me, and hopefully, for know-it-alls everywhere.

Posted: October 8, 2010

And the Winner Is.......

David L. Ulin considers "literature as a competitive sport," which makes sense since the recent announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the upcoming Booker Prize selection, and next week's unveiling of the National Book Award finalists are upon us. Both Spanish and English teachers were all over Mario Vargas Llosa’s winning the Nobel today.

Posted: October 7, 2010