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SpringBoard CollegeBoard

Started by Courtney Kaul Oct 22, 2015. 0 Replies

Are there any SpringBoard teachers out there that use alternate reading passages for historical heroes?Continue

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Collaborative Blogging (group)

Started by David Wu. Last reply by Mary Grace Flowers Jul 21, 2014. 5 Replies

Blogs are a good way for students to share their thoughts and get some writing practice. Would anyone be interested in discussing collaborative blogging in the classroom where a small group or team…Continue

Tags: english, group, collaboration, blog, microblog

Lullabies for Little Criminals?

Started by Edward Wilson Nov 10, 2011. 0 Replies

Hi! I'm a Secondary school english teacher in Montreal Canada and I'm using Heather O'Neil's award winning book Lullabies for Little Criminals for the first time in my class. Has anyone out there…Continue

Tags: Literature, English, School, High

The Monkey's Paw

Started by R Lagana. Last reply by R Lagana Sep 8, 2011. 2 Replies

Good morning,      I'm a teacher in Connecticut looking to connect with high school teachers interested in possibly using a story I've published as a companion work to “The Monkey’s Paw”. I’d like to…Continue

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Comment by Michelle Blakely on June 4, 2010 at 9:33am
Hi Miriam, Thank you for following this group and for your comment! I've really enjoyed using Google Apps for more collaborative writing projects. The newest tool I've been using for grading with technology has been I've also been updating a lot more resources on Twitter if you wanted to follow @michelleleandra.
Comment by Mariam Raza on June 4, 2010 at 5:59am
Michelle: I just visited your website and your collaborative story idea looks fabulous! I'm amazed you got the parents of all 16 kids to agree to have their work published online, that the students edited their work more than they would have had it been written work, got globally reviewed, and that you're getting them to take charge of their own learning. Thank you for blogging about this. I'd like to get my students to do all this as well. I'd love to continue to share ideas!
Comment by Mariam Raza on June 4, 2010 at 5:53am
Hello everyone! My name is Mariam -- I'm a 6th grade language arts teacher and would like to exchange ideas about using web 2.0 in the classroom! One of my concerns is teaching grammar and writing using web 2.0 tools. I haven't been able to figure out how to get students to read, and understand a grammar lesson on their own, ask questions if they have any and then do an assignment so I can assess their learning. Writing, on the other hand, I've come up with a few tools but haven't used them yet. I find myself conferencing ALOT with my students on their essays and compositions. I want to reduce the time it takes me to do that by letting them get peer reviewed on something like but I just checked out the website and it dosen't look very active. Any idea on how I can use web 2.0 tools to teach grammar and writing?
Comment by Michelle Blakely on May 13, 2010 at 11:14am
Hi everyone,

I haven't looked here in quite a while, so I'm sorry for my delayed response. I've used Google Apps (forms) for surveys for anticipatory sets in reading. I've used Google presentations, spreadsheets and documents for collaborative writing. I have a lot of examples on my blog:

Denise, I started using Google Apps because my school district has switched to it and I volunteered to pilot the program. I'm not a Google Certified Teacher, but I work a lot with a colleague who is a GCT and I'm plan to apply again.

Kamisah, I'm curious to know what grade level you teach. I'd love to collaborate on a writing project if you were interested.
Comment by Kamisah Bte Yusof on March 10, 2010 at 4:47am
Hi Michelle,

How do you use Google Apps to teach writing and reading? I am quite interested in learning more about Google Apps. I have used Google Docs to get my kids to do comprehension exercises. Btw, I teach English in Singapore.
Comment by Denise Stewart on March 1, 2010 at 7:35pm
What was Google Apps about? What specific areas did you cover? Was that a program to make you a Certified Google Teacher?

Comment by Denise Stewart on March 1, 2010 at 7:33pm
I am an ELD teacher and ELL content coach for all other content teachers. I am always trying to encourage members of the English Department to try different approaches to make content accessible to the ELLs in their mainstream classes. Some are more than willing to give it a go while others think that nothing takes the place of the BOOK.

How can I get the more reticent teachers to enter the 21st century? I thought would be an easy sell, but it was a no go (I will be presenting on this site in CABE next week in San Jose, CA).

Can anyone help me find a sugar-coated "pill" to help my English staff members?


Comment by Michelle Blakely on March 1, 2010 at 6:41pm
I piloted Google Apps for Education this year at my high school and I'm hoping to find other English teachers who would want to use collaborative technologies to help students build reading and writing partnerships. I'm also interested in connecting with classes to use

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