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Write About - Challenge: Write about peeling a potato for at least 3 paragraphs. I felt the potato in my hands. The skin was smooth, with little dimples where the eyes were. It was about the size of a large orange, with light brownish skin mostly covered by dirt and muck. It fit wonderfully in my hand. I reached for the faucet, hearing the water swish out like a waterfall falling from a snaky silver mountain. 5 TED-Ed Lessons for book lovers When did novels stop being novel? Do comic books belong in school? How do you make a pop-up book, anyway? Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters We care about data privacy, which we consider to be a fundamental human right. To that end, we adopted a series of administrative and technical procedures in order to strengthen the protection of your right to personal data protection. Required cookies are those that are used solely for the purpose of transmitting a communication and those that are absolutely necessary for a website to provide the service that a user is requesting.

English Card Game – Kings (No, not the drinking game) – The Canswedian English Teacher We’ve all been at those parties… you know the kind… Everyone is standing around having a good time, and then someone produces a deck of cards and declares, “Let’s play Kings!” Kings was a drinking game with different rules for each card you turn over. I (being the incredibly responsible person that I am) NEVER took part in those silly shenanigans… Ten Tips for Fiction Writers - the important things every novelist should know about writing stories In no particular order: #1) Write what you know More of a mantra than a tip. Oxford City Council praised for introducing gender neutral 'MX' title on paperwork One of the country’s biggest councils has been praised for introducing gender neutral titles on forms. Oxford City Council told The Independent it has approved plans to include ‘Mx’ as an option on paperwork, alongside traditional terms such as Miss, Ms, Mrs and Mr. The change was made following recommendations from the council’s Equality and Diversity Group as a means of making the council more trans-inclusive; including non-binary people who can prefer the ‘Mx’ title as it does not denote a gender. Councillor Tom Haynes, Vice-Chair of Oxford City Council Scrutiny Committee told The Independent: “The council’s workforce has been changing to look more like the diverse communities that it serves. Good policies have helped to bring this about and tackle discrimination but further improvements are possible.

15 Ways to Share Digital Files with Elementary Students One of the most common questions I receive is on the topic of sharing files with students. In the computer lab a lot of the work our students do requires a template. They are learning to use software programs and it is really helpful when the assignment is set up for them step by step as a template in the program about which they are learning. This means we need to be able to share files with them quickly and easily.

20 interactive teaching activities for in the interactive classroom Interactive teaching is all about instructing the students in a way they are actively involved with their learning process. There are different ways to create an involvement like this. Most of the time it’s through teacher-student interactionstudent-student interactionthe use of audio, visuals, videohands-on demonstrations and exercises You encourage your students to be active members of your class, thinking on their own, using their brains, resulting in long-term memory retention. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Letter to the Dursley’s – The Canswedian English Teacher On the first day of school this year, a newly arrived Grade 7 student walked in to my classroom, set her books down on the table, looked me straight in the eye and uttered words that hurt my soul. “Brianne. Just so you know. I hate Harry Potter.

Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger Long writing activities are not very frequently done in class. I tend to think that my students are like me; I need the right kind of atmosphere. Writing requires time, silence and lots of inspiration. Murder in the Classroom - Murder Mystery Game - Education of 21 Share Murder in the Classroom - Murder Mystery Game Description This is an activity for the ESL classroom though it can alo be used in other contexts. The slide deck is adapted from “Murder in the the Classroom” a lesson plan on One Stop English and you can find that via the link below.

Using Virtual Reality, Merge Goggles & Balloons Over Broadway To Visit The Macy's Parade With Our 2nd Graders! As we get ready for Thanksgiving break, our technology and library group are getting ready to kick off something super exciting and new at Van Meter! We now have Merge Goggles, along with devices, to use with our K-12 students. Yesterday as we were planning the upcoming AR/VR professional development session with our teachers, this got us thinking how we could find, integrate and use amazing resources right away. Megan is going to use Quiver Vision with her 5th graders on Tuesday. Jessica and I can't wait to go down to watch them use this one. And we will be using one from the Quiver Coloring pack,

EdTech Tools - Teacher Tech To make things a little easier for myself, rather than trying to remember what tools I recommend I started a spreadsheet to keep a list. I also asked some of my friends who I consistently learn a lot from to add their favorites to the list. I’ll keep adding to the list! Link to the spreadsheet.

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