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Deep Thoughts Are a Work of Art!

During my daily browse through Twitter, I was struck with inspiration. I thought of a way to re-purpose the post-it notes that were being used during my lessons.

I started collecting them, assessing the work, and then putting them on my cupboards without any apparent plan.

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Then I waited for the kids to notice.  Some started asking questions after a few days, others took a full two weeks to notice! It was fun to listen to them predict and argue about what I was making.

 

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And the days we didn’t use post-its? Well, they gave me an ear full. They loved the novelty and sustained predicting, and they kept on me to assess their work and add it to the picture.

When Pacman was completed, they immediately wanted to know what I was making next.  I told them, “We’re doing a contest for student-designed murals.” They can’t wait!

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Any ideas of other cool things to do with post-its?

Thanks, Mom

Dear Mom,

Sometimes it’s difficult to do the extras that engage students. This year I felt especially worn out.  Thank you for encouraging me to do the Twelve Days of Christmas Socks with my students this year.

The students loved it  as usual.  They begged to get a peek before the end of class and sang along every day.  Today, one of them said, “Wow! It’s a good thing you got to the 12th day before vacation!” …It was almost like I planned it that way. 😉

I love you, and I value your wisdom and steadfast cheerleading.

xo

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Brom Bones vs Icabod Crane: An Epic Tweet Battle

What happens when two reading classes mix students and take part in an Epic Tweet Battle?  An engaging lesson in which the purpose-for-reading writes itself.

Our classes met in the common-space under a veil of mystery and anticipation. Students were randomly grouped, and team captains were given sealed envelopes with the rules.

Each group  found out which character they were, the purpose for the tweet battle, and were instructed to highlight text that would help them in the tweet battle. We read, we highlighted, and then we battled!

The rules were simple:

  • Tweets must be grounded in the text.
  • Tweets must be school appropriate.
  • Tweet may not use modern slang.

Both Lindsey and I were projecting our classroom Twitter accounts and following the hashtag we created for the event.

The students loved it so much , they wanted to continue another day.  Luckily, we have an awesome administrator who wanted to jump in as Katrina Van Tassel.  Adding her to the mix re-energized the students and helped to keep them on track.

Check out some of the tweets!

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