This Week's Web Wows

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn" J Cotton Dana

Hello Friends~

I apologize for I have neglected to send you anything the last two weeks. I was reading a couple books (China Dolls by Lisa See, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame, and now The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom) and took a break from sharing.

Well that has changed!

Where the Learning Happens

Today I saw a wonderful YouTube channel of art videos from KQED that I think our art teachers -- and anyone who likes learning about art-- will enjoy viewing and sharing with their students. Each video is an interview with an artist about the artist's style; there are also videos about different elements of art: line, shape, form, and more.

Reader's Theater

This next resource comes from my sister-in-law who teaches in Florida. She sent me a site for reader’s theater scripts that has many scripts all of which have been divided into parts for you. For more reader’s theater scripts, you may also want to check this out.

Google Photos: Just Keeps Getting Better

I know many of you have moved your photos to Google Photos. Now you have the ability to add photos to a shared album much like the way two or more can contribute to a shared Google Document. Read about it here.

Good Pairings- Not just about wine!

While you are getting great tips from Richard Byrne, here is one for upper elementary through high school English teachers. If you are looking for thick discussion questions to pair with short fiction and non-fiction texts, you will find this link valuable. You choose the theme or type of question and CommonLit pairs the books/novels.

Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success featuring Alan November

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 12-1pm

This is an online event.

Over the years I have talked about and shared the wonderful thoughts and educational philosophy and practical teaching ideas of Alan November. NEXT Thursday at NOON you have the opportunity to attend one of his LIVE WEBINARS. If you can get some coverage for the hour, we can watch/participate together in the library.

Growth Mindset

Last is a great post by Silvia Tolisano about a wonderful learning event that took place in Chicago on the topic of Looking for Learning Through a Growth Mindset. While the post is extensive and detailed, I encourage you to take the time-- perhaps during break— to read it and see what Silvia says. It is worth the read and for the 3rd through 5th-grade teachers who are using digital portfolios with their students, you will read about the importance of growth mindset in learning (yours and your students) and reflecting on learning.