You Get a Project! And You Get a Project!

Students are working on one of three projects: Living the Good Life – Students explore what it means to live the good life. They’ll read a few short stories and conduct research using a couple nonfiction articles to explore what others have to say about the issue. Students will create two podcasts discussing their research…

#IAmMalala Read/Checkpoint 1 Finished

Hello, This week will be for us to wrap up Checkpoint 1 completely. There are a few things that need to be completed: Finish reading the memoir, I Am Malala. Students were asked to read up through chapter 30 by today, Monday 2/11, and there are only six chapters left. I would also like students…

#IAmMalala Reading

Things are moving right along with our current project, Memoir of a Student. We’re reading I Am Malala and keeping a book journal on our reading. I’ve asked students to complete book journals during class time with their groups. So, please don’t begin new entries, but students are welcome to complete past entries that were…

Book Journal #IAmMalala

Book Journals! We’re starting our reading of I Am Malala, and students are being asked to complete at least 6 book journal entries. We’re going over how to complete them today, and students have been assigned their first reading: Mild and Medium – read Prologue and Ch. 1 by Monday, Spicy – read Prologue and…

Fourth Week – Get Into Reading!

Alright, we’re into our fourth week and students are getting the hang of Summit Learning. In English, we’ve started reading “Holes” and by Friday or over the weekend, students should have read up through chapter 5. They’ll have lots of time in class on Thursday and Friday, so that shouldn’t be a problem for them…

How to write a (pretty bad) musical

  As a try-hard song writer, I try my best to write songs. So far, it’s going alright but I enjoy writing songs for musicals since you can basically write about anything. Here are a few steps to learn how to write a basic musical. Have a relatable bi-furious protagonist. In most musicals such as…

Contributors Wanted/ Student Contributions

This quarter we’re going to have students complete another contribution to another blog not their own, mine. I expect students to have an idea or a topic by 1/19/18 on what they’ll write about after reviewing my blog and the topics covered. Students will be given access to my blog as a contributor, they’ll submit…

Checking In

For your health I’m excited about the myriad of shows kids are producing. Remember, everyone needs to complete two Film Projects this quarter. The gradebook for the quarter ends on Oct. 20, 2017. The only stipulation is that each film has to be of a different genre. Every film needs to be approved upon completion…

Scatter Brained

I’ve got so many ideas, so many leads, so many options for technology and education that it’s hard to stay focused. It’s so easy to get mixed up and turned around by all the things life throws at us. I’m trying to look through the KQED Teach courses, which are free (YAY) but I’m also…

Using the Story Spine

I’m trying out the Story Spine created by Kenn Adams a couple of decades ago. It’s a brief layout of the traditional three-part story arc – pity, fear, and catharsis. My Story Spine is for the KQED Teach program and I’ve used a novel I wrote because I wanted to see if I was creating a…