A quick look back at some popular articles and important personal moments. Plus, my wish for 2012!
Seven resources from around the web. From beautiful volcanos, winter carnivals, and art lessons to gingerbread stories and tackling a fixed mindset. Put them to use in your classroom.
After creating a list of gifted characteristic lists, I decided to tackle gifted education myths. Here’s seven lists to separate the myths of gifted students from reality.
Idioms were my next target. Houghton Mifflin spends just one week on this concept, yet the only way to learn idioms is to be exposed to a wide variety. I scoured the internet and developed a list of over 200 idioms with definitions and examples.
We begin our year with an ancient tools projects. Students build the tools that early man would have access to. Naturally, many students want to build spears. We type “spears” into Google. Guess what comes up? That’s right: page after page about Britney Spears.
In several of my presentations, I use images taken from movies. When discussing writing, I use several screenshots from Finding Nemo, for example, to illustrate the plot’s structure. Every time I present, several people ask how I got the images, so here’s the answer…
Naturally, the origin of a topic is a great place to start, and the Christmas tree has quite a twisty, knotted history. Some trace the roots of the tree-decorating tradition back to ancient winter celebrations. However, the use of decorated trees as a Christmas-specific decoration is surprisingly new, appearing in the last 500 years or so.
Six word stories, transforming children’s drawings, the most expensive photograph ever, gifted adults on their childhoods, and much more. Check out these seven gifted ed resources originally shared on Twitter.
Ever since, I’ve used Morris’ idea, and played the theme from The Andy Griffith Show as a cue for students to return to their seats. These musical transitions have saved my voice years of wear and tear. Here are some of the ways I’ve been getting music into my classroom
This year, I changed one requirement. Students had to compose a haiku as the body of their card. This gave me a chance to introduce a type of poetry that I like to use throughout the year, while still maintaining the purpose of expressing unexpected thankfulness to someone.