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to a new school year!
social networking tools for true learning communities
When I first began hosting AP
English, an open community for AP English teachers, I was
excited about the possibilities. And while I wish the group were
as vibrant as others, such as Jim Burke's English
Companion, our membership is growing and the conversations
have been excellent.
Nings are fantastic tools for groups
of like-minded professionals from all over the globe to convene
A basic ning offers its members
the ability to
- discuss topics in a threaded
- post to a blog
- upload videos and pictures
- comment on videos and pictures
- upload files
- create a personal page
- post pictures and files
- post links
- add applications
- see recent activities
- add friends
- and more
See a more complete
list of nings in the far right column of this page.
success lies within
knows what the future will bring, but right now, jobs students
used to count on might be outsourced.
What then, must students do to help them be successful in the
Students should do their absolute
best in high school in order to have the best chance for success
in college and beyond. Good habits formed now will pay off in
Some school beyond high school
is absolutely necessary. To ensure you get accepted to the college
of your choice, you need good grades, a good record (attendance
etc.), and you need a variety of experiences (academic and extra
curricular). High school is the time for students to start finding
out what they're made of.
The best present you can give yourself
for your future is a commitment to success.
Each day you should look to do
Improve your academics
and high school success:
- Have a postive attitude; believe
- Focus on each task, giving it
your best effort. Cut out distractions.
- Stop PROCRASTINATING! Sure,
you'd rather do a lot of things than homework, but do your work
first and play second.
- Don't think the world ends if
you get one bad grade. Learn from it and resolve to improve.
We can learn from our failures.
- Get involved in some extra curricular
activity. Teens who are in clubs, sports, music, art, etc. will
be more engaged in school in general and have a better feeling
about themselves as students.
Improve your health and
- Eat right. Good
nutrition is good for your body and your brain. If you don't
know what good nutrition is, educate yourself.
- Get enough sleep (about eight
hours EACH night). Sleep
deficits cause stress, weight gain, and memory loss.
- Get active. Exercise vigorously
at least four times a week. If you spend too much time at that
computer, your body will show the results.
Improve your attitude and
emotional well being:
- Seek help when stress overwhelms
you. Talk to a teacher, your counselor, or your parents.
- Surround yourself with positive,
upbeat friends who like you for who you are and believe in you.
A person who wants you to be something you're not is not a friend.
Neither is a person who wants you to do something you know is
- Smile, even if you don't feel
like it. Dwelling on the negative is counter productive. Positive
thinking breeds positive thinking.
Be well and do well! And pass the
message on. Support each other. Never harrass someone for being
smart. Learn their secrets.
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Technology in Education
a Wiki to promote educational blogging/PBS
-Free blogs for teachers
-Free blogs for students
advice for teacher bloggers
Hunt, Bill Bass & Greg Van Nest's NCTE 2006 presentation
with Ted Nellen about CyberEnglish, Judyth Piazza
Journal (my Blog)
English Teacher Blog (Carla Beard)
-Bud The Teacher
-A New Ecology
Heart of a Teacher
-Ning in Education
-Blogs, Nings, and