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If you are planning to submit nominations for the 2012 Edublogs Awards, I hope you will consider #UnfollowBullying as a candidate for the Best Twitter Hashtag category. #UnfollowBullying, a student-created, student driven initiative, is in recognition that students are the ones who will lead the charge in their online communities to ensure that all students are treated with respect and kindness...
Leslie Fox’s AP English class is a crowded room. When I arrive in class to work with her and her students I have to stand until everyone is seated in the hopes that an empty chair will remain when the bell rings. The room warms with the body heat of shuffling, backpack-laden seniors. Sometimes, when all 39 students show show up, I sit in a folding chair behind the last row. With my computer...
The ten badges attached to this resource are from the first month and a half of our weekly self-assessment practice. Each Friday we badge what we have learned. To begin, we grab our journals and write about the learning that sticks out to us from the last week. Then we pick the pieces of learning that seem most powerful or fun to each of us. These are the pieces of learning that we will badge. We...
Language and Power Video.mov (Click on this link for a second movie example) The Process- "My Homeland" Project Show students Miguel Peraza's "The City", discuss, and assign individual free-write (10-15 min) "My Homeland Is..." Tell students anything goes- write from the heart.   Then share out.- 1 day Teacher groups students, and students select their favorite lines from each of their individual...
"Relax, Chad. It's only a prototype." - an 8th grader That was, perhaps, the best thing I heard all week*. Using recycled cardboard, my kids are building their own workspaces off the surfaces in our classroom. I had stopped by a workspace-in-progres to ask a few questions of its builder. What's with the rough edges? Are those flaps supposed to go all the way down?" I was clearly getting ahead of...
Originally published on August 21, 2012 at Democratizing Composition. To really flip a classroom, we have to go past the idea that letting kids shuffle the cards we give them somehow disadvantages the house. Instead, we have to trust kids with significant amounts of power and control over their learning across media, and we have to invite them to take up that power as often as they can. Towards...
All my writing is digital: my prewriting for thinking and drafting and revising. Very rarely do I use pen and paper anymore. I am currently revising my NaNoWriMo novel. Still. In Google Docs. I write about the process at my blog for writing teachers, Wordsmith Agora. This seems a good time to review those thoughts: I love to write. I love to see the words appear on the page, paving an image or...
On Wednesday of this year's annual ISTE Conference in San Diego, I learned about DeforestACTION, a global collaborative project by and for students around the world. I found the story of this organization extremely inspiring. And, I think it's a great example of how digital media enables kids to take real-world action to solve enormous global issues. Conservationist Dr. Willie Smits and science...
Usually when I teach a composition class, I create a syllabus that covers a range of essay genres or that explores methods of critical thinking. I structure the course so students write narratives, descriptions, arguments, and research projects. At the end of the class, I expect students to be able to use what they’ve learned in their future courses and in their professions. The problem is that...
Is this Connected Learning? How about this? This week I go on a search for photos of Connected Learning, and I find out it’s no simple task. Read more in my full post on the Bedford Bits blog.  

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