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  1. Welcome Kimberly. It is a bit quite here but we are working on an addition to the site.
  2. Reflecting on and highlighting all the key moments of your school experience. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mjW-NTFs9PAh4R5cmPUdHCObXO0Bw-RHd9yLNdqGonE/edit?usp=sharing
  3. Here is a 5th Grade Poetry Slide Hyperdoc that is colorful and fun for students. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Yo52mfKhjfaB43uhpoSqofp6NTFHCxwHeUBy9X5FeeY/edit?usp=sharing
  4. Ending the school year is a great opportunity to see your students in a new way. This cool Hyperdoc is a fun way to encourage writing and creativity. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SNoRoC3Zygiiy1e7QjdQwPe5fJCBlmkdJ1DIsAoy0vg/edit?usp=sharing
  5. Here is a great resource for A Deep Unit of Character study based on the Units of Study. It lays out everything really well. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LFlRBOhuYNW9NH9Ah5Zgv_RswZKkgnntQY8G560xv4o/edit?usp=sharing
  6. The American Library Association announced winners of the nation’s outstanding children’s books this week. At the top of the list is “We Are Water Protectors,” a picture book created by two Indigenous women. It was illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. The selection is history-making, marking the first time an Indigenous person has ever won the Caldecott Medal. The medal is the award for the most distinguished American children’s picture book. https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/the-first-indigenous-caldecott-medal-winner-MRB94wzxuUeVZ3EHKdzP1g
  7. Here is a great Black History Month Hyperdoc. This Black History Month choice board features the lives and stories of Black individuals who should be known by everyone! https://docs.google.com/document/d/14dzuwNIDrM39BOKWCf3aFRfenYf0Ng-3xHNUS5LKjPI/edit?usp=sharing
  8. The 2021 Inauguration Choice Board featuring activities that support design-based learning, higher-order thinking, and media literacy competency development. Check it out! Try it out! Best for middle & high school students, but could be adapted for younger grades. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15-XuZBZOPZfNNzlTzw553iW_eItU51S86ZOgFU36edk/edit?usp=sharing
  9. I am interested if anyone went to this. How was it for them? Was it productive? Offers given or taken?
  10. The Thai-Chinese International School needs two Middle School English Language Arts Teacher and three Elementary School teachers with Reading and Writing Workshop Experience. We are a great school in an amazing city. It is a great opportunity for someone to get introduced to international teaching. We are looking for US Certified educators for three Elementary School positions and two Middle School ELA positions. Please email a full resume and letter of interest to: michael@tcis.ac.th http://www.tcis.ac.th
  11. Is anyone else loving Google Jamboard? Google Jamboard is a tool that can be used to support learning in fully online and/or a personalized pedagogical approach. One could model this for teachers by having them use Jamboard at your first staff meeting of the new year. Just asking them something simple like, "add your name to the first slide to show you are present at the meeting." At the end of the meeting, you could ask them to list one thing they learned at the meeting on another slide. For students, I would use this with my ELA class and instead of having a drawing board, I would have them read and highlight excerpts from mentor texts online together. After they highlight those areas, I would ask them to fill in a slide called 3 Maybes and a But! which states a theory about the text. I could also have them add events to a slide that showcases a storyboard arch. This tool could be use to promote digital citizenship by ensure that all texts we use are attributed properly and that students add their names to their own ideas so that others can see whose thought that was about a point in the text. I could see this tool transforming our school in many ways. During online learning, we needed more ways to have students be interactive with each other but not just on video. Jamboard accomplishes this but it also lets students and teachers share their creativity with each other. Everyone is also co-creating a document that helps other members of the group. For example, in the Jamboard about a Story Map, some students may see a theory playing out in a different way but as students co-create in live online environment, their ideas and thoughts are challenged. As we all know, we need to try to follow ISTE Standards. So which ISTE Standards might be met by this? For Educators: Designer Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. Educators: 5a Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs. 5b Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning. 5c Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning. In conclusion, Jamboard can be fun and a great way for students to be actively engaged in your classroom. Give it a try at: jamboard.google.com If you have a Google for Educators account, be sure your Google Admin activates this on your domain!
  12. If she is not certified, she will have problems getting jobs in international schools k-12. It is possible in a college or an ESL job. Some international schools will hire a traveling spouse to do work depending on their qualifications. I'd suggest you reach out to a few of the agencies like Search Associates and put a profile up there.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is an amazing book. This Hyperdoc was is a great way to learn the novel. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iqXN0xun0t48Vj5dy01f4QBOtHb1mq25kddyQQfscYU/edit?usp=sharing
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