Keep reading to see how you can you use information from the various posts in your classroom.
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Monday, September 14, 2015: Check out 268 Reasons to Join the 30 Day Blogging Challenge on Travel with Mrs. T. No, you don’t have to be a blogger to find something useful in the post!!
I love challenges. Julia Skinner, one of the bloggers I mention in the post, also founded 100 Word Challenge: Creative writing for young people. Check it out. You can join and post online, OR just use the writing prompts in class.
Question for reflection: How do you select writing prompts for use in your classroom?
Tuesday, September 15, 2015: Check out Mrs. T.’s 25 More Instagram Accounts to Follow on Travel with Mrs. T.
Pic stitching. Segmented panoramic photos. If I was in my previous classroom, I would use this technique to project a panorama across the three Interactive White Boards in the room! Very effective visually, in my opinion. Students can create their own, or you could reveal one section at a time, and ask students to hypothesize about the final photo!
Question for reflection: How can you use pic stitching in your classroom?
Wednesday, September 16, 2015: Check out Guess Which Park on Travel with Mrs. T.
When you think of park, you probably were not expecting the Archaeological Park pictured in this Travel with Mrs. T. post! I took The Science of Happiness edX course last fall, and parks, specifically any green spaces, have been shown to positively affect happiness. Often, it’s just the congregation of people under trees, on park benches, conversing and appreciating nature. On a nice day, if there’s a green space at your school where you could conduct a class or part of a class, go for it!
Question for reflection: How can you use parks, including neighborhood, National, and World Heritage parks, in your classroom?
Thursday, September 17, 2015: Check out Always Awesome Adventures in Athens on Travel with Mrs. T.
Alliteration. I love it. Have students rewrite famous titles with alliteration, or create titles with alliteration for their own writing assignments. In this post, I also recalled the many times I have visited the same place. For older students, this can be an excellent discussion topic. Many will have visited relatives at holidays or during summer vacations; discuss what has changed, and what has stayed consistent. Looking at how they feel emotionally upon revisiting the same place can be revealing.
Questions for reflection: How can you use alliteration in your classroom? How can you use students’ own repeated trips to places to your advantage in your classroom?
Friday, September 18, 2015: Check out Maryland Crabs in Greece on Travel with Mrs. T.
This was my first recipe on a Feast On It Friday post. Recipes are excellent writing prompts and can be used in math for practical fraction practice. Having measuring cups in your classroom can help students visualize 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1! Plus, tell the students that you’re having a party and need to double or even triple the recipe for crab cakes (we actually had to double)–what does that mean in terms of ingredients? Involve the parents, and have them send in their favorite recipes. Ask the students to determine how much of each ingredient they would need if the recipe needed to be adapted to feed the whole class!
Question for reflection: How can you use recipes in your classroom?
Saturday, September 19, 2015: Check out Celebrating a Name Day in Greece on Travel with Mrs. T.
If you’re teaching in a parochial school, this is an excellent topic to consider with a unit on Saints or Feast Days. If you teach in a public school, finding out more about students’ names and why their parents chose their names would be an excellent writing prompt, or interview activity. Inquire about middle names too–they can be even more interesting, as well as nicknames and their origins!
Question for reflection: How can you use your students’ names in your classroom?