Announcing…the Christmas Giveaway!

Thank you to November’s winner, Kristin Duncan, for responding to my HELP! Tweet about ideas for the December giveaway. Thanks to her brilliant mind, I am very excited to announce that this month, one of my lucky readers will win a year-long subscription to http://www.textivate.com. I blogged about this awesome resource back in 2012, and…

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Storytelling as Instruction

This.Prezi.Is.Awesome. Thanks to @vmorgana for Tweeting it out this morning! It explains various storytelling techniques, but also provides a compelling argument for how and why storytelling is an effective method of instruction in any content area. Awesome! …and four hours later, this great article Tweeted by @SenorG, ACTFL Teacher of the Year, about the power of…

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High School Dropouts and Middle School

This is a fantastic video from Frontline about how a student’s middle school experience–even in sixth grade–can predict whether or not that child will drop out of high school: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/education/dropout-nation/middle-school-moment/ The video states that if a sixth-grade student in a high-poverty school is present less than 80 percent of the time, fails math or English,…

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Visuals Database

Here is the link to a visuals database for world language classrooms, created by the University of Pittsburg. It has zillions of uses, one of which could be selecting one image to use as a class prompt for a universal screener or other writing or speaking assessment. You could print out one and leave it…

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