Laura Gonzalez
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I'm currently teaching Reading Improvement which is very technology-driven in my school. I get all sorts of fun toys and I'm looking forward to using them.

I also teach 7th grade Language Arts. Although the curriculum is less technologically-driven, I do my best to add in technology when appropriate.

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Posted on March 6, 2010 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Way back when, a long time ago, I was a first-year teacher. I had been hired to teach bilingual/ESL in a bridge (k-2) class.

My first vice principal took me aside one day and told me, "One of these days, it's going to be too much for you. It'll be too much stress. When that happens, call me. I will come to your classroom and give you a fifteen-minute break to pull yourself back together."

Not having been in the classroom before, I had no idea what she was talking… Continue

Books Made into Movies

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 7:28pm 0 Comments

You know you have students hooked on a book when they complain because the movie isn't as good as the book. You know they "get it" when you hear someone responds with "the movie is never as good as the book!"

One of my goals as a teacher is to instill a love of reading in kids/teens while I can. Studies show that kids don't read for pleasure. I want to hook them on… Continue

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At 7:30am on March 11, 2011, Suzanne Culver said…
Thanks for responding.  I know that it's 7th grade with a total student load of 95-100.  I believe that will be 5 sections with additional duties in AIS.  There is talk of pulling an "honors" group of students (something we already do in ELA 9-12) beginning next year.  That makes me happy for several reasons.  I've always had 4-6 preps, having only 1 sounds boring.  It also tells me that teachers are still striving to look forward and make the best of what we've got left to work with.  I've really enjoyed the challenge of Honors 11 for the last several years and feel as though there are some strategies from that which will apply to 7th graders, as well.  Unfortunately, the cuts my district is facing are more like amputations.  That means the people who would normally support a transition like this are suffering and angry.  I've moved past that (I've known for about a month) and really want to get to work on putting things together.
At 1:07pm on April 19, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Laura, my name is Leon Avrech, San Jose CA. I am a retired middle school teacher, vice principal, principal, mentor teacher. I recently had a book published that I hope you will tell other teachers. I have a passion for middle school and helping teachers succeed. The name of the book is, "Think You Can Teach? A Survival Guide For New Middle School Teachers". The book is inexpensive and covers from the first day on campus to the end of year evaluation. Thank you, Leon Avrech
At 12:26pm on February 3, 2010, Dana Love said…
Yes definetely! Let's find a common time and a plan to use for our classes to work together and skype. I teach reading through social studies content to middle-schoolers.
At 11:07am on September 11, 2009, Mark Cruthers said…
Hi Laura,

With your strong interest in Technology, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.

Here’s a Public Class on Technology Integration you might be interested in.
At 6:56pm on September 10, 2009, Jason McMahon said…
G'day Laura,
Thanks for showing an interest in developing a link with our classroom. If you are still interested, our class would love to correspond with your class. My class could dedicate 1 hour per a week in writing emails to begin with, but I would also love to use some of the other exciting web 2.0 tools.
If it is alright with you, I would like to start with something like Epals so I could check in on some of my students work. Is there an email provider like the one above that you are keen to use?
Our school holidays are coming up so we will be back to school on the 5th October. We could start then.
If it is O.K with you it would be good for you and I to discuss what we have in mind for this venture. We could organise a time to have a SKype meeting next week. I'll look into our timezones to suggest a time.
Jason McMahon
Terang College


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