If you use Edmodo quizzes, you’ll want to read this blog post for an overview of the latest enhancements.
If you want to show a YouTube video in class, but are nervous about what else may show up on the page, try cleaning it up with A Cleaner Internet. Use one of these browser extensions to get rid of the other stuff that appears on the page, like ads, comments and related videos. Check it out!
The Hero in the Gray Box looks at using E. L. Konigsburg’s book The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World as a classroom novel. I see it as more appropriate for 8th grade, especially with the Nazi tie-in. The art aspect might lend itself to a cross-curricular project with the art teacher. We have this book in our library.
As we continue to rewrite our curriculum, I thought you might also be interested in taking a look at the titles used by the author of the article as part of his 8th grade English curriculum. (I marked them on the 2nd page.) He mentions that they all include characters who take a stand in some way. I believe we have all of these titles in our library.
If you’d like to see any of the books mentioned in the article, please let me know.
This viral YouTube video got me thinking…what would our students tell their future selves? Why not find out?
You could have your students record themselves talking to their future selves about…well anything! You could do this as a way of having your students introduce themselves at the beginning of the year, or you could have them talk about what they are thinking regarding whatever it is that is going on in the news, like their thoughts on the presidential election, for example. Or maybe they could talk about what they are learning in class. If they are researching energy sources, for example, they could predict what they think the future will hold.
If you’re interested in trying something out, let me know. I’d be glad to work with you.