January 28, 2010

Snow, Schedules, Students and Skype





The days have gone by so fast with the snow days, changes of schedules and students doing their best to learn! We have decided the "normal" is not knowing for sure the next day's plan. Where did the first semester go?
After changes in our date to Skype with author, Kate Messner, we were finally able to meet and greet her during 8th hour during a late start day. Seeing and talking to Kate on the East coast while we sat in our Oelwein classroom was the next best thing to being there.
Was it worth it????
YES!!!

The students and I were all bubbly when I pushed the call button and Kate answered with a cheerful "HI, Guys!" The next 20 minutes were filled with questions and answers from both sides of the camera. We discussed her book, The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, snow, writing, dreams, leaves and of course reading.

This was our 1st Skype experience and I know we will do it again! Having access to authors right in our classroom brings our reading experience to a new level. We are already wondering who will be next..

January 8, 2010

January 3, 2010

My Wall-Our Wall 2010


We will be using " Wallwishers" to help journal our thoughts and actions during 2010. Everyone is welcome to comment on the current topic. You can add pictures, video and text. The posts will be added after review. Please use initials as your user name if you are a student.

Our first visit to the Wall shares a video from author Daniel Pink, sharing information about two questions that could change your life.

January 2, 2010

Another reading challenge


In the Middle Reading Challenge. Here's "rules" for the challenge.

You must read middle grade books. These are books deemed right for kids ages 9 (sometimes 8) - 12. Harry Potter would be considered a MG book. If you look for them on Amazon you need to look under children's ages 9-12.