Common Core

Connections.  Everywhere. A network of sharing and growing. That’s what being a connected learner is.  My connection with #clmooc has expanded my focus from one classroom and one teacher, to a networked community from which I can give just as much as I can learn. Here’s a network, a small one as a MindMap. Note: You can enlarge the MindMap and click the related links. Create your own mind maps ...
Several weeks ago, The Northern California Writing Project hosted what we lovingly termed “Nerd Camp”. A group of teachers who were involved in a several-year inservice project exploring the Common Core was invited to consider how web technology might support the work. We started by writing reflections regarding our discoveries during the project. We then turned to the web to showcase our...
There has been a lot of discussion in my graduate studies so far about how teachers take action and fighting for what is right in educational policy. Students in my program are struggling with these big issue questions we bring up. Is there a way for teachers to work inside the system of education in order to create the best classroom they can for their students while still following the mandates...
photo (4).JPG                                  This lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete, and it has three parts: visualizing, listing, and writing.  The objective is to generate memories from a specific place.   In E.B. White’s luminous essay “Once More to the Lake,” White writes about taking his son on a vacation to a lake in Maine that he visited with...
  choices_cut_out.001.jpg Digital Learning Day Project Our project evolved from Karen Fasimpaur's #clmooc  / Educator Innovator "make" idea for paper cut-outs. We adapted it to our nonfiction reading, and we're excited about our work. Thanks, Karen. We’ve been reading articles in Junior Scholastic, Scope, and Choices Magazines. We’ve asked good questions, noted...
  While all writing draws on the imagination and memory of the writer, the personal narrative and memoir are considered by my students to be exclusively “true” stories.  Whatever. I’m from the “all stories are true” camp and try to discourage dogmatic adherence to genre rules. However, from their self-reflections, I discovered that most of my students loath the idea of writing stories, either...
I am one of a team of facilitators leading a technology-infused professional development series this fall with a fairly large group of educators in school district nearby. We kicked off the series on Thursday night. Like many teaching cadres, this one has a large mix of those who are wary of technology (but are feeling the pressure to use it) and those who are already pretty deep with using...
This unit introduces middle school students to infographics, what they are and are not, leading to a mini-research project where students create their own infographics.
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Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield to host Bridgeport students for daylong writing conference at Fairfield University  FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 3, 2013) – The Connecticut Writing Project–Fairfield (CWP), based at Fairfield University, will welcome more than 100 Bridgeport youth in grades 8 through 12 to campus on May 21, 2013, for the first Writing Our Lives-Bridgeport conference. Sponsored in...

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