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Music Players a Hit as Reading Incentive

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We use Renaissance Learning for its Accelerated Reader and STAR Testing capabilities. My homeroom class of 8th Graders have historically gotten about 60% to 70% participation in the program per calendar month. I knew there had to be a way to increase that number. In a conversation with the other teachers on our staff, I brought up the idea of… Read more »

Using Wikis to Teach Literature

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In preparation for my presentation on Technology as Alternative Assessment at the Metro-Milwaukee Teachers Conference in March, I pitched my original lesson plans for the novel Freak the Mighty and decided to to something different. The summer before I started teaching, I stumbled upon this book and practically devoured it.  The book is narrated by Max, a boy who has… Read more »

Capture, Record and Share your Screen with Jing

When I was pondering what to write about today, I looked in the box of tools that I use rather frequently with my job in education.  One of the tools I’d like to share with you is Jing, by Techsmith. I mainly use Jing for its screencapture tool. For instance, when I was teaching our faculty how to set and… Read more »

12 Activities for Interactive Whiteboards You Can Use TODAY! – SimpleK12

One of the biggest challenges I have with many things in my life is being consistent. As you can see, my first week of blogging was filled with entries. Since then, virtual silence! I thought I’d share with you a post that I got from Twitter today. (See my little sidebar for my tweets!) I love Twitter because not only… Read more »

“The Red Pyramid” Projects

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My 7th and 8th grade Literature classes recently finished listening to the audiobook of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  When I read the book last summer, I loved it and I knew I would have to share it with my class. Side note: I think that’s one of my favorite things about being a Literature teacher — you can… Read more »