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May 28, 2009

Podcasts from the International Reading Association

"Listen to great ideas anywhere—in a PD session, while you're driving to work, or when you're out for your morning jog. All podcasts are free and easy to download in MP3 format"
A series of podcasts can be downloaded singly or subscribed to via iTunes.  Some of the current titles include:
  • Writing to learn across the curriculum 
  • Understanding the big idea
  • Supporting struggling adolescent readers
http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/Podcasts.aspx

March 19, 2009

World Poetry Day - March 21

Did you know that UNESCO declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day? How are you going to celebrate?
Here is a link from Australia with ideas on the teaching of poetry and poetry writing.
http://www.edna.edu.au/edna/go/schooled/school_theme_pages/poetry

Visit Georgia Heard's website for more inspiration.

Here's a blog entry from NCTE - on how one teacher will be celebrating with his class - honouring Pablo Neruda, whom UNESCO is also paying tribute to this year.


March 9, 2009

Read some Blogs on Reading

Many people are sharing their practices and ideas through blogs. Here are a few that are worth exploring

A Year of Reading
Two teachers share their love of reading. Members of KidLitosphere, they recommend picture books, share web sites that have them thinking about their teaching, review books about teaching and much more.

The Book Whisperer
A sixth grade reading and social studies teacher writes "about how to inspire and motivate student readers, and respond to issues facing teachers and other leaders in the literacy field. "

Share a Story / Shape a Future
This week an event is taking place among people who blog about books: Share a Story / Shape a Future
You can find the schedule here

Happy reading....

February 27, 2009

Information Literacy

Students need more and more to understand how to search the internet and how to evaluate and use appropriately the information and media they find there.


On this site you can find:
  Information Literacy: links to some excellent resources
Tools for Students : links for students of different levels to help them improve their search skills

Some external sites to explore:
Critical Evaluation Information: Kathy Schrock provides a number of tools to help students analyze a web site.
Web 2.0 meets Information Fluency: a wiki created by some librarians to share their knowledge - a bit of a hodge-podge, but worth exploring


February 19, 2009

Diigo

Social Bookmarking is the sharing of bookmarks that you are saving. You can learn more here. You may have heard of Delicious, which is one social bookmarking site. Diigo is like Delicious, but even more powerful as you can create or join groups that are bookmarking for the same purposes. English Teachers is one such group. Members who find Internet sites of interest to English teachers recommend them to the group so that all members can benefit. You can find the group here: http://groups.diigo.com/groups/EnglishTeachers

As a member of the group, you will automatically get an email with links to the sites that have been recommended. A great way to discover what's available.


January 7

English Companion

Web 2.0 is about learning with others and collaborating. One way is through joining a social network. English Companion, a ning, was set up to give teachers of English a place

  • to share ideas,
  • learn new approaches,
  • support each other
  • find out about conferences and other events related to the teaching of English
  • find partners in other schools for collaboration
Go and explore.

November 18, 2008

21st Century Literacies

NCTE Council Chronicle highlights 21st Century Literacies. Here are some articles that are of interest. These are all pdf format and, depending on your browser, may be downloaded to your computer.

October 30, 2008


The K12 Online Conference has something for everyone on how to integrate techology to improve teaching and learning. Here are a few of my recommendations. Take time to listen and reflect.

Elementary
  • Never Too Young - Sharon Betts
    Wonderful ideas to integrate web 2.0 tools into the K-3 classroom
  • We Like our Blogging Buddies : Kathy Cassidy and Patrick Lewis
    Listen to the students - find out how they become better writers when the first grade bloggers had student teacher blogging buddies
Secondary
  • Promise into Practice
    Sara Kajder shares her research from a classroom of adolescents who did not see themselves as readers and writers.
  • “What Did You Do in School Yesterday, Today, and Three Years Ago?” : H Songhai
    A fascinating look at ways students can use their gadgets to archive their learning, the important events in their lives, and documents that might not be available in digital format.
    Help your students learn to use technology for their own benefit.

May 19, 2009

Congratulations to Jody Meacher, from the Global Learning Institute, Eastern Townships School Board, Magog, who was highly commended for her project "Dragons: Good or Evil?" by the International Society for Technology in Education SigTEL Online Learning Award

Site of the Week:

Open Courseware - The Dynamic Word: Textuality and Technology

Blog post of the Week:

Towards Reflective BlogTalk - by Konrad Glogowski

VodZone Picks of the Week

Elementary -“Discovering Language Arts: Reading Fiction (Grades K-2)"

To read and listen to literary, popular and info-based texts: The student uses strategies to construct meaning from text: knowledge of the ways books work (pragmatic); Knowledge of common language patterns

Secondary -SELA 2, Year 1-3 -  "Actor’s Notes: Acting in Shakespeare"

Focuses on the world of the text to construct an aesthetic reading, e.g.makes sense of the text by relating personally to characters and events, by fully entering the world of the text, by comparing own feelings or
actions or decisions with those of the character(s)/subject(s)

Focuses on the relationship between self as reader and the text to construct an interpretive reading, e.g. makes sense of the text by concentrating on relationships: between self as reader and her/his response to the argument that is developed or the action that is proposed; between self as reader and her/his response to the choices an author makes in telling a story

PD Tip of the Week:

PD2GO


More resources are being collected using delicious tags and be found here: http://del.icio.us/quebecELA

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May 12, 2008

Site of the Week:

Exploring Cost and Savings Using Children’s Literature -  a lesson from the readwritething.org website

Blog post of the Week:

Re-Imagining Web 2.0 Applications and Implications - by Jo McLeay (Australian teacher of high school English)

VodZone Picks of the Week

Elementary -“Eight Parts of Speech” - ELA Cycle 2-3, (14 min)   (Conventions of writing, e.g. grammar, sentence structure and syntax; usage, agreement and word choice; and mechanics used as tools a writer would use to communicate.)


Secondary -SELA 2, Year 1-3 -  "Great books, Homer’s Odyssey" (25 min) SELA Cycle 2 (Competency 2: Reading - Focuses on the world of the text to construct an aesthetic reading, e.g. makes sense of the text by relating personally to characters and events, by fully entering the world of the text, by comparing own feelings or actions or decisions with those of the character(s)/subject(s))

PD Tip of the Week:

Learning to Change video



May 5, 2008

Site of the Week:

  The Roots of Jazz in Mother Africa - a collaborative project between students in Ghana and North America

Blog post of the Week:

Learning to be UnSchooly - Teachers Teaching Teachers

VodZone Picks of the Week

Elementary - Cycle I - Discovering Language Arts : Parts of Speech (30 min)
  (Conventions of writing, e.g. grammar (sentence structure and syntax), usage (agreement and word choice) and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation and spelling) used as tools a writer would use to communicate.)

Secondary -SELA 2, Year 1-3 -  Discovering Language Arts: Reading  1:43)

Activates relevant prior textual knowledge before, during and after reading text(s) to monitor the meaning(s) s/he is making, e.g. uses what is known about a writer/producer and her/his style to make predictions, draws on knowledge of structures and features of a specific genre, applies knowledge of codes and conventions particular to specific texts – Activates relevant prior personal knowledge and experience to make sense of a text which is frequently expressed in text-to-self connections, text-to-world connections, text-to-text connections, e.g. situates and stores newly acquired information in relation to what s/he already knows, compares writer’s /producer’s view of the world with own
.

PD Tip of the Week:

Teachers Are Talking Podcasts


April 28, 2008

Site of the Week:

Three Cups of Tea

Blog post of the Week:

May: About.com Classic Literature Blog

VodZone Picks of the Week

Elementary - Cycle II-III Pendomonium: The Great China Chase (24 min)

Begins to adapt some familiar structures and features from reading into own writing; Makes appropriate choices about structures and features of the text type s/he is writing given the purpose, audience and context. Conventions of writing, e.g. grammar (sentence structure and syntax), usage (agreement and word choice) and mechanics (capitalization, punctuation and spelling) used as tools a writer would use to communicate.

Secondary -SELA 1 - Discovering Language Arts: Nonfiction 41 min

Adjusts reading stance and strategies to the context; Develops a method for locating and organizing information on different topics or subjects of interest; Works with information in texts. Shares own responses in an individual voice; Draws on own reading profile and reading strategies in order to locate textual detail(s) that substantiate own sense of meaning(s)/message(s)

PD Tip of the Week:

Teachers Teaching Teachers Podcasts


April 21, 2008

Site of the Week:

  Poem Hunter   April is Poetry month!

Blog post of the Week:

Cal Teacher Blog

VodZone Picks of the Week

Elementary - Cycle I-II - Life Skills 101: Media Wise (15 min)  (media literacy, Develops and uses a repertoire of meaning-making strategies; Begins to identify some structures and features of text type)

Secondary -SELA 2, Year 1-3 -  Discovering Language Arts : Writing - 1:33 min

Develops topics that are personally and socially relevant and that emanate from the broad areas of learning, experiences in other disciplines, and activities in the Reading and Talk competencies:
• looks at multiple perspectives on the topic, e.g. pros and cons of an
argument, how different people perceive the issue
• considers open-ended question(s) to facilitate topic development
• broadens and/or narrows the scope of the topic
• makes abstractions, e.g. from a more literal interpretation to a more
figurative one; or from a more egocentric view to one that can be
generalized
– Researches, with support, information related to a social, historical and/or
cultural context

PD Tip of the Week:

It's Elementary Podcasts



April 14, 2008

Site of the Week:

   AIDS Poetry Project - April is Poetry month!

Blog post of the Week:

Tracy Rosen - Québec teacher blogger - Leading From the Heart

Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - Cycle II-III Elem - Discover Language Arts - Viewing (30 min)   (media literacy,  To construct meaning by applying appropriate reading/viewing strategies, To construct his/her own view of the world through reading and listening to literary, popular and information-based texts)


Secondary -SELA Year 1-2 - Split-infinitive world of English Grammar, Module 1: Nouns, Pronouns and Adjectives (20 min)  (Applies knowledge of language and familiar text grammar(s) to own writing; Adjustment of role as writer to purpose, audience, text and context)


PD Tip of the Week:

Open PD


April 7, 2008

Local Feature of the Week:

Dragon Literacy Project from ETSB

Site of the Week:

  Poetry.org - April is Poetry month!

Blog post of the Week:

Silliman’s blog: A weblog focused on contemporary poetry and poetics.

Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - Discovering Language Arts: Style, Structure, and tone - 30 min (ELEM Cycle One: Competency 1: Writing; uses signs, symbols, illustrations and words to communicate to a familiar audience; produces a range of text types to serve an expressive function that are personal)

Secondary -Discovering Language Arts: Viewing (SELA 1:  Competency 3: Reading: Identifies attributes of primary and secondary sources in order to evaluate pertinent information; Selects, records and categorizes information• Begins to draw conclusions by focusing on pertinence of main ideas; Draws on prior experience and the features of text types/genres to make sense of a text; Adjusts reading stance and strategies to the context)

PD Tip of the Week:

PD to go: Smartboard Lessons Podcasts


March 31, 2008

Site of the Week:

Poetry Foundation-  April is Poetry month!

Blog post of the Week:

The Sandbox -  Dispatches from an English teacher who is serving with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan

Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - TLC Elementary School: Listening and Speaking Strategies  (LA, cycle two, Personal response: Sharing of responses with others to clarify meaning and enrich interpretation)

Secondary -Language Arts at Work - Segment 4 - Poetry Matters  (SELA 1, 2: Competency 1: Uses Language and Talk to communicate and learn;  Compares the affordances of written, media and multimodal languages in achieving a specific purpose; in poetry: the kind of language used; the use of rhythm and rhyme; the linguistic organization, e.g. rhymed end-lines, internal rhyme, free verse line, enjambment; the sound patterns such as alliteration, rhyme, consonance, and assonance)

PD Tip of the Week:

Mr. Winkle Goes to School: Movies for Professional Development



March 24, 2008

Site of the Week:

We Tell Stories: -Six Authors, Six Stories, Six Weeks

Blog post of the Week:

Feeding Change- Canadian educator / author of graphic novels

Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - Discovering Language Arts: Research (LA, cycle two, Writing: Makes personal choices about purpose, topic and text type during writing process; Produces self-expressive, narrative and information-based
texts for a familiar audience; Writing process - Brainstorming for information and asking questions)

Secondary - Discovering Language Arts: Research: The Interview (SELA 1, Competency 1: Uses Language and Talk to communicate and learn; Develops a research process to collect data, e.g. researching, interviewing, videotaping, discussing, observing, connecting ideas across disciplines, andusing the practical knowledge and experiences of the group (see Competency 3–Reading: Organizing and
Reporting Information; and Competency 4–Writing: Integrated Projects)– Analyzes the data and constructs a working theory to explain and interpret the data)


PD Tip of the Week:

The Teacher Movie
 

More resources are being collected using delicious tags and be found here: http://del.icio.us/quebecELA

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March 17, 2008

Site of the Week:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development - How to Help Reluctant Learners

Blog post of the Week:

On the Ground: The Sandbox- English teacher from Saskatchewan on duty reports from Afghanistan

Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - Animal Alphabet - Cycle One ( Reading - Cycle 1 - Competency 1: Develops and uses a repertoire of meaning-making strategies;  Begins to acknowledge and support different interpretations of the same text; Begins to identify some structures and features of text type; Reading strategies - Knowledge of the relationships between sounds and written symbols, graphophonics)

Secondary - Wrinkle-Free World of English Composition, The, Module 3: Researching and Rough Draft (SELA 2, Competency 3: Produces text; Researches, with support, information related to a social, historical and/or
cultural context; draws on the methodologies of a variety of disciplines to collect information, e.g. ethnography, historical method, scientific method)

PD Tip of the Week:

  Professional Development through Technology (podcasts)


March 9 2008

 Site of the Week:

Gerald Stern: Still Burning (video from the Poetry Foundation)

Blog post of the Week:

Ustreaming and Live Blogging Daniel Pink Video Conference - Karl Fisch, Colorado educator

 Vodzone Pick of the Week

Elementary - Pendemonium: The Great African Safari (LA, cycle two and three, Reading Strategies)

Secondary - Split-Infinitive World of English Grammar, The, Module 1: Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives (SELA 1, Development of Style, Explores grammar of texts)

PD Tip of the Week:

  A Vision of K12 Students Today (youtube video)


February 25 2008

Site of the Week:

Language is a Virus: A well-organized site filled with resources for writing fiction and poetry. Many fun widgets are highlighted.

Blog post of the Week:

1001 Flat World Tales - by Jo McLeay, English teacher in Melbourne, Australia

Vodzone Pick of the Week:

Elementary - Discovering Language Arts Fiction (LA Cycle 3, Reading Strategies)

Secondary - Shakespeare Module 4: Romeo and Juliet (SELA1, Competency 3, Making Sense of a Text)

PD Tip of the Week:

Personal Learning Networks (personal and community-focused) - by Jim Lerman, faculty member of Kean University of New Jersey
For more information about Personal Learning Networks, click here.



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Banned Books Week read-write-think has some ideas for celebrating Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 3). It is a great time to open up a discussion about censorship and why books may have been censored by particular groups. Why don't you share your banned books ideas on the listserv ela-chat?

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Meet Any Good Authors Lately? This article shows the value of using Skype in your classroom to bring authors in for short virtual visits. Included is a list of authors who are willing to do a virtual visit for free. Find out how to do this.

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Quebec Teachers Read A blog has been created to feature books for young students, older students and teachers. Let's try to make this space interactive. You can come to learn about books , but you can also share books that have been meaningful to you. We welcome comments - click on comment at the bottom of a post and add. Consider being a regular contributor to share the books you just can't do without in your classroom.

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How I Learned to Love the Graphic Novel - an article in the Canadian Children's Book News - Winter 2007

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Toward a Definition of 21st-Century Literacies (Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee, February 15, 2008) Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy.

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