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  4. I set mine up with 3 tabs: My Reading Life - for independent reading Our Reading Life - for book clubs and read alouds Toolkit - for charts, mini posters or reference sheets and we glue them in In the front we keep the Reading Inventory and Reading Log
  5. Who is your best friend? Tell us about him/her. What type of animal is your spirit animal? Why? What is your earliest childhood memory? How many people are in your family? What is the birth order of your sibling(s), if you have them? What is your proudest accomplishment? Why? Tell us about a childhood nickname of yours. Where did it come from? What is one thing that you always procrastinate? Why? What is your biggest pet peeve? What is your favorite book you’ve ever read? Do you have a memory box of ticket stubs, cards, letters, etc? If so, why do you keep these things? If not, why don’t you keep these things? If you could change one thing about your house what would it be? Why? What is your favorite hobby? Which family or extended family member are you most like? How? Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Tell us the story. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? Why? What have you eaten today? What is your dream car? If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would you choose? Why? What time do you wake up? What is your morning routine? What is your favorite or most-watched movie? When is the last time you cried because you laughed so hard? What is the best prank you’ve ever pulled? Tell us about it. Disneyland or Magic Mountain? Why? What is the coolest animal you’ve ever seen in the wild? In captivity? Would you rather paint a picture or write a story? Why? Are you neat? Tidy? Messy? Dirty? How many hours do you spend on your computer a day? Your phone? A tablet? What are your top three activities? What is the riskiest or scariest thing you’ve ever done? Would you rather own ten cats or ten dogs? Why? What’s the worst food that you’ve ever eaten? What is the last show you binge-watched? Are you more a creature of habit, or spontaneous? Explain. Do you believe in coincidences? Why or why not? Would you rather live the rest of your life without sight or without hearing? Why? Do you have music ADD and like to switch the song before it’s finished and flip through radio stations often? Or do you like to listen to the entire length of a song before switching? Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? Explain. When you travel, are you an over-packer or under-packer? Explain. Would you rather live in a climate that’s hot year round or cold? Why? Are you more passive-aggressive or confrontational? Give us an example. What was your favorite game as a child? What is one item of clothing you’ve worn in your life that you greatly regret? When was the last time you had a solid people-watching session? What did you see? What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you? What is your favorite social media platform? Why? If you could go on one vacation each year but it’s the only one you go on for the next 10 years, where would you go and what would you do? What is your favorite compliment you’ve ever received? Would you rather live life spontaneously and by the seat of your pants or according to a schedule and a calendar? Why? How many hours of sleep do you need to be a functional person the next day? Do you like to take naps? Why or why not? What cartoon character are you most like? Why? Who is the most selfless person you know? Why? If you had one day with no commitments, what would your perfect day consist of? Are you a leader or a follower? How do you know? If you had all the money in the world and didn’t need to work, what would you do with your life? What are you most excited about in your life right now? What are you most worried about in your life right now? Do you like talking and being up in front of people? Why or why not? What is the last song you had stuck in your head? PC or Mac? Why? Droid or Apple? Why? What one word best describes your mom? What one word best describes your dad? Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds and what are their names? If not, what pets would you like to have, if any? What is your favorite activity to do with your family? What is your favorite activity to do with your friends? Are you a person who can sleep anywhere and at anytime? Or do you have specific sleeping conditions that must be met? Do you get an allowance or have you in the past? If so, do you have to do anything to earn this money? Are you an anxious traveler or are you easy and go-with-the-flow? What is the longest flight you’ve ever taken? How long was it and where did you go? If you could only see one person for the next year of your life, who would it be? Why? You’re sent to a deserted island, what three things would you take with you? Who is the smartest person you know? Tell us about him/her. Where and on what do you spend most of your money? Who is the funniest person you know? Tell us about him/her. Are you normally early, on time, or late? Why? Fruits or vegetables? Why? Were you a Disney or Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network family growing up? Or none of the above? Are you a heavy sleeper or a light sleeper? Do you snooze your alarm in the morning or get up right away? Would you rather have a lot of acquaintances or a couple of best friends? Why? What items are in the trunk of your car right now? How much laundry do you have to do at home right now? Is that average for you? How do you like to be comforted when you are sick? Do you like sarcasm? Why or why not? Do you make New Years’ Resolutions? If so, do you usually stick to them? If no, why not? What is your favorite feature about yourself? Would you rather ask for forgiveness or permission? Why? What is the dumbest thing you’ve said or done? When you laugh, do you laugh out loud and heartily, quietly, or it varies? Demonstrate for us! Do you need to think out loud to process things, or do you work best quietly in your own head? Explain. If you could live in America for the rest of your life and never leave or travel the world and never return to America, which would you choose? Why? What do you get anxious about, if anything? Would you rather spend more time shopping and looking for a sale or coupon, or buy the first option you find even if it’s full price? What is the hardest physical thing you have ever done? Why? What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness? If you were a cookie, what kind would you be? If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would you choose? If you were given the opportunity to go live on the moon or another planet for a year, would you do it? Why or why not? What allergies do you have? What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo or in the wild? What is the scariest animal you’ve seen at the zoo or in the wild? Are you a handy person, or a fixer? Or do you need help with handy projects? Are you a good multitasker? Explain. Do you get distracted easily, or are you a focused person? Would you rather fill your afternoons and weekends with many activities and events, or have time to be at home relaxing? Do you like driving long distances? Why or why not? What is your favorite part of a road trip? What snacks do you get at gas station convenience stores? Tell us your favorite story you heard from a grandparent, or from an older family member or friend. Tell us about a regret you have. Do you usually remember your dreams? What is the last dream you remember, or a recurring dream you’ve had? Are you a people pleaser? How and why? What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? What is your biggest fear? What is your favorite family tradition? Tell us about it. What is one cultural tradition you’ve seen that you would like to have in your life? What is boring to you? On a scale from one to ten how much do food noises bother you? One being, you don’t even notice them...what are they? Ten being: you have to leave the room and/or scream loudly when you hear them. Do you eat breakfast in the morning? If so, what is your usual breakfast? Are you a “wake hours before I have to be anywhere” person or a “sleep until the last possible minute” person? How many states have you visited? Which has been your favorite? What do you remember about your very first day of school? Would you rather live in a big, busy city or a small, quiet, rural town? Do you prefer to talk to friends through email, letter, text, or phone call? Is it different for family members? What do you spend most of your days thinking about? Do you make up voices for your pets in your head? If so, what do they sound like? Do you play a sport? If so, which ones? If not, why not? Do you prefer to take notes by hand or on an electronic device? Why? Do you have a favorite photo? Describe it. Do you like sending real mail? When? To whom? What is your favorite sporting event to watch or attend? What social justice issue do you feel most passionate about? Why? What has been your favorite birthday so far? Why? What stresses you out the most? Have you ever played hooky from school or work? If so, what did you do instead? Are you a morning person or a night person? Do you love being your age? If not, would you rather be young again or would you rather speed up time and be an adult already? Have you been to other countries? If so, where, and what was your favorite? Do you feel your age? Why or why not? Are you a compulsive person or a planner? How? Who is your favorite band? What is your favorite song of theirs? Who do you call when something exciting happens to you? Why? Who do you call when something difficult or bad happens to you? Why? What do you want to do when you “grow up”? What is your least favorite thing to do? Why? After you die, what 3 words would you want people to use to describe you? Are you clumsy or accident-prone? If so, tell us a story about how. What is your dream job? If you had to have an accent for the rest of your life, which accent would you choose and why? What is your ideal studying environment? Would you rather be outside doing physical activities for an afternoon or inside curled up and reading a book? Which do you do most often? Would you rather drive cross country or fly? Why? Do you like staying in hotels? Why or why not? What is your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? What is your favorite spot in your house? Why? Who is the best cook you know and what do they cook best? On the go, are you most likely to listen to the radio, a radio app like Pandora, a podcast, or a CD? When on public transportation, do you read a book? Chat with the person next to you? Listen to music? Daydream? McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, In-N-Out, or Carl’s Jr? Why? What’s your regular order there, if you have one? What is your favorite guilty pleasure? What is the most embarrassing TV show you watch? Have you ever cheated on anything? What and how? What is a memory from your childhood that comes back when you smell a particular smell? What is a memory from your childhood that comes back when you hear a particular sound? What is a memory from your childhood that comes back when you see a particular sight? What is a memory from your childhood that comes back when you taste a particular food? What is a memory from your childhood that comes back when you feel a particular item? What annoys you most about other people? What do you love most about other people? Who has influenced you the most in your life? How? What motivates you? How do you sleep? On your back? Side? Belly? Do you change positions throughout the night? What is one piece of technology you can’t live without? If you said phone, what is your second choice? Why? Mountains or beach? Why? Snow or sun? Why? What has been your favorite class? Why? What is your favorite subject? Why? What is your favorite city you’ve ever been to? What is your most valued possession? Why? What is a nickname you’ve been given that you hate? Why? What is something you are a perfectionist about? Why? What family vacation, weekend, or trip, is your favorite memory? Why? At restaurants, do you order the same thing every time because you know you love it, or do you try to order something different each time to try something new? Why? What is the worst movie you’ve ever seen? Why? Who is your favorite person to watch movies with? Why? Do you like meeting new people? Why or why not? Do you like fall, winter, spring, or summer best? Why? Do scary movies and shows scare you and keep you up at night? Or can you sleep peacefully? When buying airplane tickets, would you rather a window, middle, or aisle seat? Why? Do you want to have or adopt kids when you grow up? If so, how many? How do you envision your life in 10 years? Would you rather be cold all the time or hot all the time? Why? What is the best joke you’ve heard recently? Have you ever played an instrument? If so, which one(s)? What is one place you’ve never been but always wanted to go to? Why? Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? What inequity have you seen in the world that most frustrates you? Do you believe in palm readers, mind readers, or psychics? Why or why not? What do you think about the circus? Do you love clowns or hate them? Why? Do you have a photographic memory? Or a hard time memorizing things? What helps? When is the last time you did a random act of kindness? What did you do? Do you ever get deja vu? Does this happen often? Have you ever been bullied or seen someone else bullied? How? Has anyone ever been mean to you on social media? How did you respond? What is your goal for life after high school? Have you ever gotten surgery? If so, and you feel comfortable sharing, what surgery? Have you ever broken bones? Which one(s)? Do you have pride in your school? Why or why not? What is your favorite thing about your school? Are you involved in any clubs or activities? What? Did you believe in childhood stories like Santa, the Tooth Fairy, etc? If so, until what age? Why has your favorite teacher been your favorite teacher? Without naming names, why has your least favorite teacher been your least favorite teacher? Are you the kind of person who gets in trouble in class all the time, or has never gotten in trouble? Do you like surprises? Why or why not? What time did you wake up this morning? Was your morning stressed or relaxing? How do you get to school or work each day? Do you take walks in your neighborhood, or do you drive everywhere? What is the most money you’ve spent on a purchase? What did you get? What is one gift you would LOVE to get this year? What is one thing you’ve learned in this class that has really stuck out to you? What is the last dance you’ve attended at school? Was it fun? If you could go on a date night anywhere in Santa Barbara, where would you go and why? What is one thing that frustrates you regularly? Who is one adult on campus you trust to have difficult conversations with? How many weddings have you been to? Where was your favorite wedding? When is the last time you held a baby? What do you remember? Have you ever babysat? How old were the kids? Do you like to save all of your money or spend all of your money? Sweet or savory? Why? What is your favorite picnic spot in Santa Barbara? What is the best beach in Santa Barbara? Why? When is the last time you were scared? Why? If you could do anything today after you leave school, what would it be? Frozen yogurt or ice cream? Why? Indoors or outdoors? Why? If you had a free day with no commitments what would you do? If you could live anywhere in the world for one year and know that you would be coming back to your home after one year, where would you live and why? Your house is being evacuated because of a fire! You have five minutes-what do you grab? What is the story behind your first name? (Why were you named with it? What does it mean? Does it have family significance?) Do you have a middle name? If so, what is the story behind it? (Why were you name with it? What does it mean? Does it have family significance?) List things that make you excited? In what ways are you a leader? For what in your life are you grateful? What do you do when you need to get energized or pumped up for something? If you could create a dream concert for yourself with two opening acts, one main act, and in the venue of your choice, what would you choose? If you were kidnapped and the only way you could be freed was by getting a tattoo on your forehead, what tattoo would you get? If you could go back to any time and any place in history where would you go and why? If you could have dinner with any person from history, dead or alive, who would it be and where would you take them? Who would play you in a movie about your life? What would the title of the movie about your life be? You’re stranded on a desert island with a CD player and plenty of food and water, what one CD would you take with you (cannot be a mixed CD, must be a complete album)? 36 questions taken from the study by Arthur Aron, Ph.D., Stony Brook University, explained more here. Can be used with colleagues, classes, etc. SET I: 1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest? 2. Would you like to be famous? In what way? 3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? 4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? 5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? 6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want? 7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die? 8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common. 9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful? 10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? 11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible. 12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? SET II: 13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know? 14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it? 15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? 16. What do you value most in a friendship? 17. What is your most treasured memory? 18. What is your most terrible memory? 19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why? 20. What does friendship mean to you? 21. What roles do love and affection play in your life? 22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items. 23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s? 24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother? SET III: 25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling…” 26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…” 27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know. 28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met. 29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life. 30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself? 31. Tell your partner something that you like about them (already). 32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? 33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet? 34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why? 35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why? 36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.
  6. These are examples and can be built upon. The idea is to create open-ended questions that do not place moral judgment or condemnation. Our questioning should invite reflection and expression. PROACTIVE – PERSONAL Name a Thorn and Rose from [time frame] Personal weather report (ex: “There was some fog this morning but the sun is coming out”) In one word, describe (how you’re feeling about this year, what you think about this weekend, etc.) What are some personal goals you have for this year? For the next 5 years? What do you do in your time outside of class? Name your three favorite activities. Who is one of your biggest role models? Why? Name three characteristics you look for in a best friend. Name a valuable lesson you learned from your parents while growing up. Name your favorite moment with a sibling or cousin. What is one specific goal for yourself for this week that will help you to better a relationship with a friend or family member? What are three of your strengths? What are three things you want to be your strengths? What can you do to make these your strengths? What are things that overwhelm you in your life? How do you relieve stress? How do you respond when you feel (overwhelmed, scared, sad, happy, etc.) in life? Name one of the happiest moments you've had in your life. Name one of the moments that you remember as being the hardest in your life. How do you show loved ones that you care about them? If you could do anything, without having to worry about money, what would you do? If you could travel anywhere, without having to worry about money, where would you go? Why? What is one thing you will NEVER do? If you could have one superpower what would it be? What is a personal weather report for how you are feeling right now? (Ex: cloudy with a chance of rain, fog clearing for sun, etc.) What do you think we all have in common? What is your favorite meal prepared by a family member or other significant person in your life? What kind of career or field of practice do you think you would like to pursue? If you could take one movie with you on a mission to Mars, what would it be? List of >100 Questions (students can choose by number): http://tinyurl.com/SBUSDQuestions PROACTIVE – ACADEMIC What has been your favorite high school class and why? What has been your least favorite high school class and why? What characteristics make a teacher your favorite? What characteristics make a teacher your least favorite? Name a time when you were a fantastic student. How did that affect you? Others? Name a time when you weren't the best student. What could you have done differently? What do you need in a(n) class to be successful? What can teachers do to better help you learn? What can friends do to better help you learn? What can you do to help your friends be successful in class? Think about some positive learning experiences you have had. What did they have in common? Think about some negative learning experiences you have had. What did they have in common? What are some academic goals you have for this year? For the next 5 years? What is one specific goal for yourself for this week that will help you to do better in class? What is one specific goal for yourself for this week that will help you to have a better relationship with your teacher? Name one of your favorite moments in high school. Why? What are things that overwhelm you at school? What are three of your academic strengths? How do you respond when you feel (overwhelmed, scared, sad, happy, etc.) at school? How do you show important people to you at school that you appreciate them? What is one thing you want to accomplish this school year? What is one thing you wish you would have done differently last school year? What makes a class successful? What makes an unsuccessful class unsuccessful? How do you want to be treated by your peers in class? How do you think your peers want to be treated in class? How do you think your teacher (or adults on campus) want to be treated? What are your social goals this year? What extracurricular clubs or activities have you thought about joining? What do you expect from your teachers? What do you expect from your administrators? What do you think makes a good teacher? What do you think makes a good school? If you could write one review question from today’s lesson, what would it be? If someone had a different viewpoint than you, what is a strategy you could use to work with them? What is one thing you need to leave at the door today (physically or metaphorically) so you can focus in class? PROACTIVE- CYBERBULLYING CYBERBULLYING DEFINITION: Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. What does it feel like to be bullied online or through texting or email? What actions or words make you feel bullied? Is this different online than in person? Remember a time when you saw someone else being bullied online. How did that feel? What could you do the next time you see someone being bullied online? What are some strategies you use to be healthy with your social media and texting use? What are some other ways you can communicate with friends or activities you can do with friends besides social media or texting? What are you taking away from this circle that could help you or someone else in the future? PROACTIVE- DIGITAL LITERACY PURPOSE: What devices do you usually use to access the internet? What do you primarily use your devices for? Social media? Texting? Gaming? All of the above? For how many hours each day do you estimate you spend time online or on a device? Do you think this amount of time is healthy or unhealthy? What place do you feel your parents have in your social media and online activity? Do you think they can be and should be involved? Life moments and memories are an integral part of our lives. Do we want them to be viewed by everyone? Will they expose us to risk? What is the intent and focus of social media communication? Do you think you can be more authentic when you are online-can you be more who you really are-or do you think people like to be someone else and play around with their identity? Imagine if someone could view all of your online participation - what would it say about you? Do you think the way you treat others online would be considered ethical? Does your participation on line demonstrate an ability to use online environments for learning? What values would your online interactions demonstrate? COMMUNICATION: Have you ever had something shared with you online before that shouldn’t have been? What did you do? What do you do when someone tries to contact you online that you don’t know? How do you know if you can trust the person or not? Communication may be evolving, but being a quality communicator will remain a critical success factor. How is the use of social media shaping communication skills? SAFETY & EFFECTS: How do you know you are being safe online? Do you think that people should put photos of their friends on the internet? If so, under what circumstances? How private is the information you post on the internet? Who can see it? How do you think your social media activity can affect your future? College admissions? Potential employers? What type of digital footprint are you creating? How might it impact users today and in the future? Think about social media as an evolving personal resume that is not easily edited. What do you do if a friend is looking at online sites at school that are not allowed or inappropriate? Secondary grades: Have you seen sexual images or remarks in a text, online, or in social media profiles? What did you do? Teasing, lying, gossiping, threatening, harassing, and spreading rumors, can all be forms of or lead to bullying. If these things occur online, are they perceived as less “harming”? Has anyone done this to you? If you were asked to “disconnect” (no cell phones or internet) for a period of two weeks, how easy or hard would it be for you and why? Do you have tech-free time at home? What times and areas are a part of this time? Do you know how to protect yourself and others online? SOURCES: Some questions taken from http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/ipractice/2015/01/12/what-are-the-right-questions-for-digital-literacy/ REACTIVE What happened? How are you? What’s going on? How did we get here? What do you need? How are you feeling now? What are two words to describe your feelings right now? How are the others involved feeling? Who are the others involved? What part did you play? If you could press rewind, how would you have reacted differently? Where do you think we need to go from here? What do you need from me? How can I help? What part of this can you own? What are you willing to accept responsibility for? How do we make this right? What is the harm, and how should it be repaired? What do you think you need to do now? Name one behavior you have witnessed in class that you would like to stop, or that you think is inappropriate? How do you feel when these behaviors persist? What is one thing you can do to SHOW that you are working to make amends? If I were walking by your class, what would I see that could prove to me that you were working to make things better? How can we put this issue to rest, and show everyone else that we have made peace? What do you need from your classmates to be successful this year? SPECIFIC SCENARIO CIRCLE QUESTIONS: PROACTIVE - BEFORE A CLASS HAS A SUBSTITUTE/GUEST TEACHER What would you like our guest teacher to remember about our class? What are your expectations for the class while a guest teacher is here? (Teacher should write these down and follow up after the sub) What is one expectation you think I have for this class with a sub tomorrow? What would you want your sub to say about you on Facebook at the end of the day? What would your day look like to make your sub want to come back? What is your responsibility as a student in assisting the guest teacher? If you were a visiting teacher what would you like to see? How would you like to be treated? When you’re in a new environment, what makes you feel comfortable/accepted/safe? What could you do to make a guest feel welcome in our classroom? What is one individual goal for yourself you can set while there is a sub here? What can you do, personally, to create a positive experience for the sub? What is something I, as the teacher, can do to best prepare for the sub? REACTIVE - DISRESPECTFUL WITH SUBSTITUTE/GUEST TEACHER What worked well while the sub was here? What didn’t work well? What could I as the teacher have done to better prepare the sub? What impression do you think the sub took away from this class? What will he or she remember about our class? What could the class have done better while we had a guest teacher? What could you individually have done better while we had a guest teacher? What is your responsibility as a student in assisting the guest teacher? When you’re in a new environment, what makes you feel comfortable/accepted/safe? What can you do next time to make our guest feel welcome in our classroom? What was your responsibility as a student in assisting the guest teacher? Did you or did you not accomplish this? If you were a visiting teacher what would you have liked to see? How would you have liked to be treated? What is one individual goal for yourself you can set for the next time there is a sub here? Next time, what can you do, personally, to create a positive experience for the sub? REACTIVE - CLASSROOM MAINTENANCE What is one thing you can do to help the class run more smoothly? What is one thing I, as the teacher, can do to help the class run more smoothly? How do friends best help you learn? How are you feeling about your opportunity to learn in this class? What have you noticed has changed in this classroom, if anything? What is the reputation of this class right now? What reputation would you like us to have? Why is it important for a teacher and a student to have a positive relationship? What is your ideal learning environment? If someone could observe our class from afar, how would they describe our class? How can we reward positive behavior in our classroom? What behaviors prevent you from learning? How would you rate our class’ behavior on a scale from 1-10? What could we do to make things function more effectively? What can we do, as school staff, to help you improve your behavior? What triggers you to misbehave in class? What can you do to prevent this if you know it happens? What can your peers do to help you maintain better behavior in class? To help you learn? Why do we have classroom norms? Are they adequate to address classroom behaviors? Should we revisit? What is one specific goal for yourself personally for this next _____ (week, month, semester, etc.) to contribute to a positive classroom environment? What is one thing you need to leave at the door today (physically or metaphorically) so you can focus in class? REACTIVE - STUDENTS AREN’T COMPLETING HOMEWORK If you have homework that you don’t understand, what can you do? Where is your place and time for homework? Where would you rate yourself on your homework 1-10? What goal do you have to get better? What can contribute to your success? What tips do you have for others? What barriers exist at home that prevent you from doing your homework? Do you feel that homework helps you be a better student? Why or why not? What supports help you to complete your homework? What is the value/purpose of homework? What motivates you to do your homework? If you did your homework all week how would you reward yourself? How would you feel? What’s one challenge you have with homework? What’s one tool or resource you need to be successful? What can we do at school to help you complete and turn in your homework? If I only knew ____________, then I could complete my homework more regularly. What positive experiences have you had when you’ve successfully completed your homework? REACTIVE - STUDENTS PLAGIARIZE What happened? Why did you plagiarize on this assignment? Who was affected by your actions? How were you affected by plagiarizing? What could you have done differently throughout the process? What are the consequences for plagiarism in high school? College? In a professional job? What can you do to fix this? How can you make this right with your teacher/group/partner/etc? Next time you have an assignment, what could you do proactively to prevent feeling like you need to plagiarize? What have you learned from this experience? OTHER QUESTION RESOURCES https://storycorps.org/great-questions/#anyone
  7. These are some question ideas to use in your digital class forums, discussions, or individual assignments to check in your students. You can also use these to open up any virtual classes you hold. Some are more catered towards secondary, some will work for all ages. What does your daily schedule look like when learning from home? For what are you most grateful in this time of learning from home? What do you miss most about school? What are you most worried about during these uncertain times? How do you cope with stress these days? What are some methods of self care you employ? What are you most excited about during these uncertain times? What questions do you have about what is going on in the world right now? What passion projects do you have time to work on now that you’re home more? What books have you read since you’ve been home? What do you hope to read? What is the best part of your day when you are learning from home? What do you appreciate most about your teachers as you’re learning separate from them? What have you experienced with your family or friends or housemates since you’ve been home that you wouldn’t have with a normal school schedule? What have you learned about yourself since you’ve been learning from home? What do you most look forward to when you return to school? What is one goal you have for yourself during this time when you are learning from home? What is your favorite activity to do outside? What have you been learning most about from home? Who have you been spending the most time with at home? What movie or show have you watched most recently? What hobbies have you had more time for? How have you been connecting with friends? Social media? Video chats? Emails? Texting? What do you miss most about life pre-COVID-19? What do you appreciate most about living in (your city) during this time? What does learning from home make you appreciate about learning in school? What has most interested you about living through a pandemic? Who do you miss the most when we aren’t in school every day? What do you wonder about others during this time? How are you filling your time most days? Are you sticking to a schedule and routine? Or is each day different? Why does that work for you?
  8. The Cult of pedagogy has a great article on 9 ways to help with online learning. In case your school is going online this fall, this article is a great place to start. https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/9-ways-online-teaching
  9. This is one of the best books! I have a copy and read to my daughter and she loves it. She has asked me to read it over and over. She always wants to see the Penguins when we go to a zoo.
  10. They have now merged with ISS so this is no longer a good option.
  11. I have friends that work at KAUST in Saudi Arabia and they are one of the highest. They should be on this list as well.
  12. Those are incredible. She is very talented. I cannot draw at all but I love this for students. I found this video which might be useful.
  13. I attended the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop in June and July this year. It is without a doubt one of the best institutes reading teachers or administrators can attend. In one of my small groups was this lady named Hannah. She was great to talk to and I learned a lot from her and the other participants. Hannah is an amazing Sketchnote artist. She make these images and share them with the group. It was so impressive. If you are are on Twitter, she is a MUST follow! https://twitter.com/SketchnoteUSA
  14. I have used it and I like it. I have been using it during e-Learning. It works well for Zoom or Google Meet and sharing screens.
  15. This site is a collection of stories behind the stories of your favorite children’s books. They have tons of stories behind stories and wonderful videos. It is a literature teacher's paradise. http://wildthings.blaine.org/
  16. Often, review writing for students is a boring thing to do. It is important for them to understand that it doesn't always have to be boring. Below is a great review from the New York Times that is done in a series of questions. It is a fun example for students to see if they are starting to write reviews. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/dining/reviews/restaurant-review-guys-american-kitchen-bar-in-times-square.html
  17. Saudi Aramco is great but with the oil market taking a dip, they are cutting jobs left and right.
  18. I have just started to learn about his and it looks excellent. How are others using it in their schools? https://jamboard.google.com
  19. I have been looking for a way to use Google Keep. Thank you. I like the way you have have multiple labels and organize by themes. I did not think about using the copy to Google Docs as a way to share work with teachers but that works great. Do you know if thy will be adding more features to this for the upcoming school year? I read that Google Meet is being greatly enhanced for the fall.
  20. Here is a video on how to help students create a digital notebook using Google Keep.
  21. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rainbow Pride Flag with the very first picture book to tell its remarkable and inspiring history! In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable - and undertold - story. A story of love, hope, equality, and pride. PRAISE FOR PRIDE! A Junior Library Guild Selection "Pride is a beacon of (technicolor) light." - Entertainment Weekly "An essential LGBTQ children's book" - Out.com "This children's book about gay Pride should be in every school." - Gay Times Magazine "The picture book about Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag is everything you needed as a kid." - LGBTQ Nation "I couldn't be more thrilled the world now has this book." - Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of MILK "This inspiring, positive story is a great introduction to two LGBTQ heroes and to the spirit of the LGBTQ community." - Pridesource.com "A welcome social history . . . Mission accomplished." - The San Francisco Chronicle "A children's book that will properly express the struggle and joys that the LGBTQ rights movement went through." - Instinct Magazine ★ "Offers little ones an age-appropriate introduction . . . Ebullient . . ." - Shelf Awareness, starred review "An uplifting introduction to the symbol of the Rainbow Flag . . . Vibrant and lively . . . Recommended for all collections." - School Library Journal "A biography LGBTQ rights activists and allies can proudly share with children . . . A hope-filled ode to the rainbow flag." - Kirkus Reviews "A poignant and uplifting biography." - Publishers Weekly "A tribute to a leader undertreated in young people's literature." -The Bulletin of the Center For Children's Books "Salerno's strong art has a colorful seventies vibe . . . There is value here." - Booklist "Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and The Rainbow Flag beautifully tells the history of both Uncle Harvey's dream and his collaboration with Gilbert Baker to create a global symbol of equality and inclusion. This book tells a history that all children will cherish, and will inspire the next generation of hope givers, our world's youth" - Stuart Milk, Founder and President of the Harvey Milk Foundation "Harvey Milk and Gilbert Baker showed LGBTQ people that they should be proud of who they are and who they love. That is exactly what we do at The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth in crisis. We're thrilled that more young people will learn the story behind the original rainbow flag." - Amit Paley, Trevor Project CEO and Executive Director Rob Sanders (Author) Steven Salerno (Illustrator) https://bookshop.org/a/10082/9780399555312 or Buy on Amazon
  22. The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is narrated by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris in this book and CD package. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own. Releasing in time for the tenth anniversary of And Tango Makes Three, this book and CD edition features narration by renowned actor Neil Patrick Harris. Justin Richardson (Author) Peter Parnell (Author) Henry Cole (Illustrator) https://bookshop.org/a/10082/9781481449946 or Buy on Amazon
  23. Shana Frazin and Katy Wischow passionately believe in the need to help students develop strong talk skills across the school day, in every subject, to prepare them for their academic lives and lives as active citizens outside of school. Using a unique "cycle" for talk that's similar to the writing process (generating, choosing, developing, acting, and reflecting), they name the predictable things we do most times we engage in a conversation, and show us how we can teach into those parts. Shana and Katy provide practical strategies for teaching four important purposes for talk that exist both in the classroom and in the real world: - talking to build relationships - talking to play with ideas - talking to clarify, analyze, and argue - talking to report. They offer a clear description of each purpose, the "when and how" to teach into those purposes, and what to do when things go awry. Classroom video brings the content to life showing what the talk looks and sounds like in action. https: //samplechapters.heinemann.com/unlocking-power-classroom-talk Shana Frazin (Author) Katy Wischow (Author) Part One: Foundations of Talk Ch. 1: Why Teach Talk? Ch. 2: Talk Is a Cycle, Too Part Two: Purposes for Talk Ch. 3: Talking to Build Relationships Ch. 4: Talking to Play with Ideas Ch. 5: Talking to Clarify, Analyze, and Argue Ch. 6: Talking to Report Part Three: Leveling Up Your Talk Ch. 7: Reciprocity: The Relationship Between Listening and Talking Ch. 8: Making Talk Visible: Celebrating, Going Public, and Assessing Ch. 9: Tackling Talk Trouble https://bookshop.org/a/10082/9780325098715 or Buy on Amazon or, check it out on Heinemann
  24. The Boy & the Bindi Vivek Shraya (Author) Rajni Perera (Illustrator) In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek Shraya, author of the acclaimed God Loves Hair, a five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself. Beautifully illustrated by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference. Vivek Shraya is a writer, musician, performer, and filmmaker. His body of work includes twelve albums, four short films, and four books which include God Loves Hair, She of the Mountains, and even this page is white. He has read and performed at shows, festivals, and post-secondary institutions internationally. He lives in Toronto. Rajni Perera is a Sri Lankan-born artist whose internationally showcased work floats between Western and immigrant culture. She lives in Toronto. https://bookshop.org/a/10082/9781551526683 Buy on Amazon
  25. Jeannine Atkins (Author) Venantius Pinto (Illustrator) A village girl in India inspires the women around her to save their beloved forest. One day Aani is resting against her favorite tree when she hears the unfamiliar roar of trucks. She alerts the village women, the eldest of whom says the sounds are made by men from the city who have come to cut down the trees. The women explain to the cutters that their trees provide the villagers with food and fuel; are home to animals; and prevent erosion. But the men are heedless. As the cutters move closer, Aani acts with quiet, instinctive heroism to save not only her special tree, but also the village's beloved forest. Based on a true event in northern India, Aani and the Tree Huggers presents an enduring message of environmental action. In their picture book debuts, author Jeannine Atkins and artist Venantius J. Pinto introduce a memorable heroine whose love of the earth is sure to be an inspiration to children everywhere. https://bookshop.org/a/10082/9781584300045 or Buy on Amazon
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