Heads, shoulders, knees and toes: listening and speaking all the way

Always adding and refining: here are some resources to help with class discussions and partner work. Enjoy! Previous posts on discussions: http://blog0rama.edublogs.org/tag/turn-and-talk/ http://blog0rama.edublogs.org/2017/07/09/summer-series-of-saves-can-we-talk-about-this/ [embeddoc url=”http://blog0rama.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/partner-work-protocols-klove-17nhkzw-1swj888.pptx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft” ] [embeddoc url=”https://blog0rama.edublogs.org/files/2018/01/ELL-Sentence-Frames-Exploratory-Classes-27pmdyh-1iq52aw.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft” ] From a colleague: [embeddoc url=”http://blog0rama.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/sentence-frames-1du5k9e-re7twh.docx” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft” ]  

Heart-shaped box. (Or The Giving Tree reimagined.)

Are there two kinds of people in this world? Those who X or those who Y? Or maybe that is the paradox, thinking we can be this or that. But if I was the kind of person who asks if there are two kinds of people, (which I’m not) I would ask if you like The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. You know the book– the story begins with a boy and a tree, and the tree, or Tree, ends up giving the boy everything and ends up being a stump for the boy, now an old man, to sit…

Saving Summer: Amygdala and The Brain

Teaching is stressful, there is no doubt or debate. And it’s also joyous, satisfying, and filled with discovery and success. But let’s get back to the stress for a moment so we can move forward with more moments of joy, satisfaction, and discovery. My buddy Sharon and her Brainiacs are developing a PD session for SEL/Teachers/Students. Tangentially, I’m developing the digital curriculum, along with her and other colleague’s input. When we talk about preparing students for their futures, not our pasts, we must have a deep understanding or exploration of what is happening to our brains in the digital world….

Confused? Good. You're thinking.

//giphy.com/embed/3o7TKDNV8ZqWei6iFq via GIPHY Without going into the long backstory, recently someone told me students in my class were confused and whispering to each other, seeking clarity. They said this like it was a bad thing.  Oh, silly teacher…! Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s an awesome thing. A tremendous thing…dare I say….maybe one of the best things a student can experience!? Confusion is metacognition as an expression: it means that the student or students are engaged, tracking, and wham! knows they’re lost–and when you know you’re lost you can try to find your way back. The point in question was during…