Tuesday Teacher Tips

September 30, 2014

Spotlight on William Howard Taft & Office 365 Writing Conferences

William Howard Taft, presidency, bathtubs and modern medical practice - comparing accounts.

With the release of Mac Barnett's book President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, I couldn't help but share some resources that might be a fun way to pair fiction and informational texts for use with CCSS RI.9.

William Howard Taft, originally from Cincinnati, was president of the United States from 1909-1913, and is the only President to have also been appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Known for his large stature, a popular (though unconfirmed) rumor was that Taft once got stuck in the bathtub and that it took four men and a gallon of butter to get him out. The book, President Taft is Stuck in the Bath is a comical account of the tale, and includes some biographical information about Taft.

Students could compare this story to any number of resources about Taft, including a biographical account of Taft's life found on Pebble Go, video from KET, or articles describing how his correspondence with his doctor about his weight and diet have been noted to have been the basis for more modern practices of encouraging people to keep food journals and close communication with their physicians.

See below for some resources.

Search William Howard Taft on Discovery Education - must have an account to sign in

Conferencing with Students Using Office 365

You can conference with students on their work any time by using the comments feature in Office 365.

Good practice would be to have students create and share a folder with you that has their name and content area, then save all of their writing to that folder. When they are ready for feedback from you, you can go to the "shared" area of your Office 365 account, open their folder and leave comments on their work.

This is a great SAMR Modification level activity and relates to evaluation in Bloom's Taxonomy.

You could also have students peer conference in this way. See below for a video about sharing items in Office 365, and one for using the comments feature.

How to Share a OneDrive Folder

How to Share a OneDrive Folder for Group Work

How to Comment on Student Work in Office 365/OneDrive

How to Add Comments to an Office 365/OneDrive Document


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