March 2012 Blog Posts (10)

Draw On! - Connect Challenge! March 24-April 7th

Do your students love drawing?

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut has spearheaded the Draw On! to reinvigorate the visual arts in public…


Added by Melinda Kolk on March 27, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Extra Extra- newsletter idea

I found that once I published my weekly newsletter, I left out important information that parents needed to have. So, hence the creation of Extra-Extra. It is now an addition to my weekly newsletter when I find I have too much to say in one weekly note. Extra%20Extra.pdf

Added by Michelle Sontag on March 24, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

5 minutes to fame - Share your passion in an ISTE 2012 Ignite session!

ISTE is looking for 20 people to share an idea on the ISTE 2012 theme of "expanding horizons for learners".

Ignite sessions are similar to a TED talk, but only 5 minutes. You get 5 minutes to share your passion through 20 images (pecha kucha style!).

Got a passion you want to share? Check it out!…


Added by Melinda Kolk on March 21, 2012 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Draw Something

I'm addicted to this new game, Draw Something, which is strange because I cannot draw. If you're not familiar with the game, basically you are given 3 words. Each word can earn you coins. An easy word earns you 1 coin, the moderate word can earn you 2 coins and the harder word can earn you 3 coins. You select a friend to play with and draw the word, then send it to them. Once they get it, they watch the word being drawn and then try to guess the word.

My friend Tom is the one that…


Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 20, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Hunger Games Lesson Ideas

Did you devour the Hunger Games books like I did? (I didn't want to like the series - the theme was too harsh, barbaric. But I did.) Were your students as fascinated by the story as my niece was? How many of you are ready for Hunger …


Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 19, 2012 at 6:56am — 1 Comment

Research shows Pixie boosts student achievement...

I just received the email from Melinda, stating the following "During the 2010-2011 school year, independent research firm SEG Measurement conducted a study of approximately 1,000 students across five states on the effectiveness of Pixie in Reading Comprehension and Mathematics learning.  Findings showed students participating in the treatment group achieved an additional half-year’s growth over students in the control group."

I don't find this surprising…


Added by Nancy Meinke on March 16, 2012 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

Show Me The Money!

Grants are a great way to fund the little things we need in the classroom to the great ideas we’d love to implement. There are a variety different types of resources that can be used by grant writers to help demonstrate a grant project is worth the risk. Three of those resources can be found at Tech4Learning, and…


Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 14, 2012 at 5:49pm — No Comments

March with these Innovative Educators

Spring is in the air, disguised as pollen. The weather is playing games of being warm and then cool, keeping us all on our toes. State tests and spring break are right around the corner. Educators all around are getting creative in keeping their student's attention in this crazy…


Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 13, 2012 at 9:01am — No Comments

Plant a Flower Day

Today is "Plant a Flower Day", a sure sign that spring is in the air and just around the corner. Now personally, I've never been one with a green thumb. I killed the first plant in my classroom and one of my students made the comment, "I sure hope your teaching thumb is better than your gardening thumb. It's more brown than green and that's not good for the plant."

However, one can dream. So here's an idea to get you started:

Introduce the idea of a graden by reading Peter…


Added by Danielle Abernethy on March 12, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments

Calling all middle school budding scientists -

I just got an exciting email from Discovery! The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is searching middle schools nationwide to find America's 2012 Top Young Scientist.

Do your students have what it takes to be America's Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for students in grades 5-8 who are enthusiastic about science. The top 10 students will receive a trip to the…


Added by Melinda Kolk on March 2, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

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