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By Rebecca Guerrero When I first embarked on the decision to explore the website Storybird.com, I went in as an artist, a literature geek, and a future educator, completely sold on the idea that art and writing can be a beautiful meeting place for learning to occur. While the school landscape is often regrettably bogged down by standardized test prep, research has shown that incorporation of the...
"Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra Video of "Genius Hour" Teaching Strategy with Dr. Nicole Mirra All rights reserved. As part of my course exploring Connected Learning as a framework for teacher education, I engaged my students in a Genius Hour project. Check out the YouTube video that explains the project. Also, here is...
  As I look in the rear view mirror at this past semester, I marvel at the grand experiment of my #WritingRace class at Kean University that I blogged about as we embarked on our journey. I decided to take co-learning one step further. When I first met my fantastic group of graduate and undergraduate students for this course, I announced that they were in charge of their own...
Anyone who knows me knows about my fascination and commitment to revisit my practice. They know about my desire to understand the affordances of technology and media-making in literacy instruction. They know about my dedication to helping my learners become global citizens. Now, make no mistake, I understand "I turned out completely fine" with a more traditional education, but then again, that's...
Hi Friends, Receiving a Grant, joining the Flat Class Global Educator Course (FCGE), and reading so many incredibly helpful blogs has invigorated my desire to blog and share what is going on in my classroom. I hope it may be useful! http://www.flatconnections.com/k-2-building-bridges.html This year, along with a small team and virtual friend that I have never met, I put forward a grant for...
A version of this post appeared earlier today at my blog. Today's make for Connected Educator Month is "Make Some Fabulous Food."  Right up my alley! I made tofu scramble tacos, my take on a recipe from Post Punk Kitchen. I started with garlic plus half a shallot and a whole jalapeño, including the seeds.  Cooking the scramble with the jalapeño seeds gives it a wonderful spicy hotness. Garlic...
A version of this post appeared yesterday at my blog. My students have been writing commentaries about The House on Mango Street for about a month. I modified Sheridan Blau’s format to account for the fact that I’m working with 9th-graders instead of college students. At the beginning of the year, my students often respond to challenging tasks by remaining quiet and waiting for help.  With this...
Source Photos: "Making model airplanes for U.S. Navy at the Armstrong Technical High School. Washington, DC." Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. (06/13/1942 - 09/15/1945) Taken March 1942. A Love Supreme: Reflections on Why We Continue to Teach | contains a sample of “Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme....
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
This week, I wanted to take a different approach. Using the same time that I reserve to write a post, I took the time to visualize one:  Why I Continue To Teach - Untitled Page.png  Source photo: Title and other information from caption card. LOT 0216 (Location of corresponding print.)Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division....

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