Write it in the Cloud

This morning on the radio I heard someone say that a document could be stored “in the cloud,” and determined once and for all to discover just what cloud computing means. I’m sure my understanding is quite simplistic, but to me, cloud computing means that resources and tools that consumers use are available via the […]

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A new connection

Ninth graders are going to start reading The Most Dangerous Game today. One of their questions is about a “booby trap.” As I considered that phrase, my brain made the leap back to last year when our yearbook photo editor was placing a picture of blue footed boobies on her pages about the summer trip […]

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Good start

The new school year is off to an excellent start. My students are friendly and conscientious. They want to do well and be well. Most of the ninth graders are involved in some sport or physical activity after school, which is good. We had good discussions in English 11 on Friday. It was fun. And […]

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Food, Inc.

We watched Food, Inc. last night and while I knew about some of the concepts presented, the documentary was really eye opening. I wish everyone would watch it and really think about the power each of us has to change not only the quality of food in our country but also our overall health. Each […]

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September 1, 2010

This year is new in many ways: Two new English teachers: Ms Johnson and Ms Harter A renewed and vigorous view of technology (iPods in science classes!) A new 9th grade class (We ARE glad you are all here!) A fresh new perspective! School is one place where each fall we get to start fresh. […]

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The Answer Garden. Wayyyy cool.

Imagine the possibilities with Answer Garden. What would you use this for? My first thought is to assess prior knowledge with a question. Thirty kids with access to the Internet can give their answers in seconds and there’s your view of what they know. They can see it, you can see it. Very nice!! Thanks […]

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Revisiting a childhood favorite

I’ve been running out of my own books to read, but my last foray through the shelves brought me face to face with Lois Lenski’s Strawberry Girl, a book I had bought for my daughter because it was one of my childhood favorites. As I pulled it off the shelf and removed the crisp dust […]

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Another reason to read

Last fall, one of my students, a junior, pretty much felt that he did not need school, especially English. Reading was a waste of his time since he was already an accomplished musician. His milieu was notes, not words. Even if he did need words for lyrics, he no doubt had enough of those already […]

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