Tuesday, April 29, 2008
How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom
Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages
ToonDoo - The Cartoon Strip Creator - Create, Publish, Share, Discuss!
ReadWriteThink - Comic Creator
Comics in Education
Cartooning for Kids
Teacher's Guide for the Professional Cartoonist
ARTSEDGE: Drawing Political Cartoons
Political Cartoons in the Classroom
Using Political Cartoons in the Classroom
I had an absolutely delightful morning assisting Oxford Hills adult education teacher, Ramsey Ludlow, in taping a class designed by the Maine Humanities Council called New Books, New Readers. Mary Alice Crosby, in cooperation with local literacy teachers, facilitates this book group, which consists of adults who are learning to read. Books have been chosen according to theme and readability and discussed in an informal and emotionally-safe atmosphere with an emphasis on connecting with the lives of the participants. Students get to keep the books.
The just-completed series called "Telling Our Stories" includes the following:
This is an excellent model on many levels. Making these connections is important in encouraging persistence in working on the needed reading and writing skills. Oxford Hills Adult Education teachers help participants in developing skills before the discussion group . . . and follow up after the discussion is over.Session 1: Recalling Our Past
- When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
- Miz Berlin Walks by Jane Yolen
- Leon’s Story by Leon Walter TillageSession 2: Discovering Our StoriesSession 3: Other Ways of Telling
- When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor
- Family Pictures by Carmen Lomas Garza
- Arctic Memories by Normee Ekoomiak
For discussion: How do we tell our own stories? Why are they important? How do we decide what to tell? What do we learn from telling our own stories? From reading others’ stories? How and why do we share our stories with others? How do our personal stories connect to the stories of our communities and country?
Personalized education is alive and well in our Maine Adult Education communities!
Related Links at LIM Resources:
Monday, April 28, 2008
“One of the reasons we fear these technologies is because we as teachers don’t yet understand them or use them. But the reality is that our students already do. It’s imperative that we be able to teach our kids how to use the tools effectively and appropriately because right now they have no models to follow.”Essential Question: How can classroom communication and collaboration be enhanced with the use of blogs?
~ Will Richardson
Connectivity and Warming Up
- Blogs in Education at LIM Resources Wiki
- eMINTS eTHEMES: Using Online Journals and Blogs
- Using Weblogs to Promote Literacy in the Classroom
- Support Blogging Listing of School Bloggers
- International Edubloggers Directory
- Bloggers in Maine (Please add Maine education blogs that you are aware of . . .)
Promote Your Blog
Bonus: Drawing /Painting/Photo Editing Programs for the Classroom
Closing . . . .How did it go? What next?
Friday, April 25, 2008
(You may either add in comments or use this wiki page).
June 5 Free FirstClass Day in Gorham
July 14 - 18 Teaching and Learning through Universal Design
June 22 - 26 Middle Level Education Institute
June 24 - 28 UMaine Summer Technology Institute
June 25 - 27 Free & Open Source Software in Education at Gould Academy
July 5 - 26 English Immersion for Adults
July 15 - 18 Forests of Maine Teachers' Tour (Maine Tree Foundation)
July 20 - 27 Stonecoast Writers' Conference
July 21 - 25 Teaching Science by Ocean Inquiry
July 21 - 25 AP Latin Literature Summer Institute at St. Joseph's
July 23 - 25 Castine Technology Institute
July 29 - August 1 Forest of Maine Teachers' Tour (Maine Tree Foundation)
July 29 - August 1 Agriculture in the Classroom
August 2 - 23 English Immersion for Adults
Summer: USM Professional Development Center
Summer: Maine Writing Project
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Jeff Anderson demonstrates a different approach to working with kids on editing skills at Maine's own Stenhouse Publishers.
Jeff's Site: Write Guy
Also check out this great resource by Lauren Wolter:
Notable Sentences . . . for Imitation and Creation
What approach do you take to editing?
Add to Editing at LIM Resources Wiki
Thursday, April 17, 2008
What do you think?
What should curriculum contain?
Guide to Lobstering in Maine
Maine Lobster Industry
Wikipedia: American Lobster
Gulf of Maine: All about Lobsters
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
"What poem did you have to memorize in school? Do you still remember it? Is memorizing an effective educational strategy?"
These are questions that Deborah White asks in this week's article titled "Thursday's the Day to Pack a Poem" from her weekly column in the Bangor Daily News.
You can contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory and Memorization Resources at LIM Resources Wiki.
Extension: In this day of information at our fingertips, what is worth memorizing?
How long will it be before our computers will be embedded in our bodies? Will this be a good thing or a bad thing? See artificial intelligence at LIM Resouces.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts
Maine Arts Blog
Maine Arts Portaportal
More on the Arts in Education . . .
More resources at LIM Resources Wiki:
Please feel free to add, delete, modify, etc.
From Vincent Vanier, President of ACTEM:
"Episode 4 of OnTiME has been released. We discussed the Apple Executive Summit, the upcoming PackageMaker sessions, and http://www.rememberthemilk.com if you're so inclined.
OnTiME can be downloaded from the iTunes music store by searching either for OnTiME or ACTEM, or you can download it directly from the ACTEM website at http://www.actem.org/Pages/ACTEM_OnTime/index "
Monday, April 14, 2008
I have had a random conversation with an assistant principal recently, and here is what was said:
"Are you an administrator?"
"Yes, an assistant principal."
"Did you teach before?"
"Would you go back to teaching?"
(Of course, I expect him to say something like, I would, or I work with the kids so much, I don't have time to think about it... Or something like that)
"No, I don't think I can take the pay cut. You get used to a certain lifestyle, you know."
Now if he were a teacher with that attitude, school would be a wrong place for this person. What do you think?
We are not doing this for free, right, but there has got to be some satisfaction that you get from your job, and it's not money.
Maine Learning Results for Math
K12 Station Math Search
eMINTS eTHEMES for Math
Curriki for Math
Math from OER Commons
Math at LIM Resources
Custom Google Search for Math
Online Interactive Math Resources
Online Math Games
Problem Solving Strategies
Using Music with Math
Mathematics and Music
The Mathematical Magic of Music
Anyone else care to add a page relating to math?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Nokomis Warrior Broadcasting presents the Hartland Flood of 1987 at the Tech Curve.
Lessons from the Flood of 1987
American Field Guide: Floods
eMINTS eTHEMES: Floods
42explore: Floods & Flooding
Discovery Education: Flood Lesson Plan
Floods Theme Page
Maine Memory Network: High Water
Webquest: The Johnstown Flood of 1889
To get in the spirit, here are some links for learning how to speak the vernacular correctly:
The Wicked Good Guide to Mainah English
Mainah Glossary Blog
How to Sound Like a Native Mainah
Confused Are You?
Laugh Maine Dictionary
Friday, April 11, 2008
Today David Trask shared some precious photos of a school lab station at Vassalboro Community School where a kindergarten girl had taken the meaning of "ownership" to a new level.
We can try to push all kinds of things into kids' heads, but unless we can connect in ways that involve them, very little will be gained. Education needs to be personalized . . . with real problems and engagement. For this kindergartener, using TuxPaint, this was for her a sensible connection to other important things in her world.
For more information on "Student Ownership" go to the LIM Resources Wiki.
How can we personalize education for our children?
Photo by David Patterson
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
If you are a like the average American (or perhaps you consider yourself above average?), you probably consume a lot of fat in your diet. Saturated and unsaturated, it is so deliciously disguised in that Oreo cookie or that piece of cake left lingering in the teacher's room.
As of December, I've been trying to lose weight. The good news is I've lost ten pounds. The bad news is, while I'd like to lose ten more, I've stagnated (or stagflated?) recently. The old me would have been seduced by a moderately crusty piece of cake of questionable origin left in the teacher's room. I can't say I'm not still tempted sometimes (cube culture has its own pitfalls).
Of course, we can also say that we are not the only ones led unto temptation: a lot of students eat terribly. There have been bans on cupcakes and fruit eating contests. Five a day and use sparingly. We can drive home the point that fruit is good and it's easy to see why fruit is good...but why is cake bad? And therein lies an interesting experiment.
Try this hands on: get some acetone from your local hardware store. It's cheap, readily available, and fat dissolves in it. You can make up a pretty ridiculous experiment where you test all kinds of foods for fat content (more technological if you have a scale, less so with eyeing the fat volume in uniform dishes). Just crush up the food you are testing, swirl in some acetone, decant the solution in a seperate container from the food particles, and let it evaporate (probably under a hood if you have one). The next day (or the day after, depending how much liquid you used), you should have some solid fats and some liquid fats (also called saturated and unsaturated) left by some of your (and your students') favorite foods.
I did this with an Oreo. Seeing that the whole thing was pure lard made me never want to eat them again. Not sure if the kids felt the same (high school students can look at you in a way that anything can feel lame) but it was interesting. The question is, do you really want to know? If it were me, I'd eat one last Oreo and savor every fatty bite...
Here's the link that inspired this life lesson: http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEPC/IFT/unit_two.html
Nicole will post "Teaching Tech" (formerly Tech Tuesday) about internet resources for your classroom whenever she thinks of it, which is incidentally never on a Tuesday. She doesn't teach anymore but works at a newspaper and maintains her own personal finance blog: http://www.breakingeven.typepad.com.
I'm at the Western Maine Regional MLTI Leadership meeting this morning at Lewiston High School. The TPCK model above was introduced as a way of looking at the total picture and as a way generating discussion of successes and challenges.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
See related links on the arts.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I am sitting - and listening very carefully - to my presenters here at the Samoset - a beautiful day by the way - and am enjoying what I hear.
These two teachers - an arts teacher and a social studies teacher - work at the Thornton Academy Middle School, and have started this year to work together and create a curriculum to explore the overlap - which seems to be but natural, and omnipresent, in fact, I can't even imagine now that these are separate subjects! - and it sounds really really cool.
They did the 100 people project, and found that this brings amazing things to life - like meeting people in Southern Maine to interview and discover their lives especially the lives of immigrants and elderly.
They are doing the Trashion Show project now.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
New Horizons for Learning: Arts in Education
National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign
Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
Artslynx International Arts Resources
The New Learning Compact
ASCD: Whole Child Education
The Maine Arts Commission
Farnsworth Museum in Rockland
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Larry Lessig: How Creativity is Being Strangled by the Law
Daniel Pink: A Whole New Mind
ASCD's Whole Child
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight
Habits of Happiness
5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do
Jeff Han: Unveiling the Genius of Multi-touch Interface Design
Charles Leadbeater: The Rise of the Amateur Professional
Photo source: Global Children's Art Gallery