Tuesday Teacher Tips

September 14, 2014

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Visually Explore Figurative Language and Point of View with Hello, Mr. Hulot

Hello, Mr. Hulot, by David Merveille, is a new picture book about French character Monsieur Hulot, a "tragic-comic" character created by Jacque Tati.

According to Horn Book Reviews Merveille "cleverly captures the essential Hulot in every episode of this collection of short, largely wordless, comic-strip vignettes, with small visual puns that make us smile, sometimes one beat after we’ve turned the page, and sometimes sadly".

The text would be an excellent way to show students visual representations of figurative language including irony and the use of idioms, as well as point of view. Each "section" of the book begins with a title, which is followed by a series of illustrations in wordless comic-strip form, and when the reader turns the page, the title of the section or the illustrations on the previous page are tied together in some way through a larger illustration. For example, in a vignette entitled "The Snowball Effect", Hulot is walking down the street when he is hit but a snowball. In in turn throws a snowball, and huts someone else. When you turn the page, you view a large street scene of people of all ages engaged in a snowball fight.

The book is also a good way to engage students in a discussion about irony and point of view or perspective. In a section called "Hulot the Plumber", Hulot, attempts to fix a drip in his sink. As he struggles to fix it, and is successful, he relaxes with a book. When the reader turns the page finds a picture of Hulot's apartment building with water pouring out of it and flooding the street.

Take the time to peruse this delightful book and you will surely see many ways to use it to illustrate difficult concepts for students of all ages. The details in each picture are exceptionally engaging and would be fun to share with a small group or as a class with a document camera.

Look for it in the library!

Teach Math with Legos!

In the Edudemic article "How to Teach Math with Legos" by Katie Lepi, (below), Lepi explores some of the fun ways you can integrate legos into your math curriculum. Get ideas about how to use legos to get students working with fractions, perimeter, multiplication, and place value for a few.

Visit the library to see what legos we have available for checkout.

Using Office 365 for Collaboration

You and your students can use Office 365/OneDrive to collaborate on lessons or create group projects.

If one person in the working group creates a folder and shares it with all other collaborators, those collaborators will be able to create files and documents within the folder and freely edit files created by others in the folder. For collaborators, they will find the folder under their "Shared with Me" area. At this time, collaborators, who were shared with, must create their documents in the shared folder; items cannot be moved by collaborators into the shared folder.

This could also be a good way for students to share a class folder of assignments with teachers. Using this technique, students would only have to share a folder one time with teachers and then save documents for submission in that folder.

At the end of the year, you might want to instruct students to quit sharing the folder with you so that it doesn't remain in your "shared with me" area indefinitely. Also, keep in mind that at this time the person sharing has the control to stop sharing at any time, which could have implications for effective group work and assignment submission.

See the videos below for help on sharing the folder and for creating documents within the shared folder.

How to Share a OneDrive Folder for Group Work

How to Share a OneDrive Folder for Group Work

How to Create a Document in a Shared Folder

How to Create & Edit a Document in a Shared Folder