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The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment

Another way to do exit slips
A stoplight and a bunch stickies -
Green: an idea they learned. Red: something that is stopping them from "getting it". Students put their post-it notes on the yellow light in the form of a question, or an idea they are curious about but haven't really wrapped their heads around yet. The teacher can share results by either talking about common patterns or projecting a few of the responses the next day.

Alternate format - use coloured baskets with index cards rather than post-its.

Why Do You Abandon A Book? - Edudemic Post

Some interesting reasons to stop...
The post "Why Do You Abandon A Book?" by Katie Lepi features an interesting infographic compiled from a GoodReads survey. While the titles are adult and not really usable for school, I like the idea of surveying your own students and finding out a) what makes them stop reading, b) how long will they read before throwing in the towel and c) what might keep them reading even if the book isn't a grabber? (You could even create your own infographic!)

We probably need to empower our students more in their reading. This always makes me think of Pennac's "Readers' Bill of Rights".  


Aboriginal History is Everyone's History - recorded webinar

Teaching about aboriginal issues for all learners

"In recent years, Canadian school curricula have started to offer high school Native studies classes focusing on Aboriginal history and culture. Ben Sichel (@bsichel), a Mi'kmaq Studies 10 teacher in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, argues that the material in these courses is important for non-Native students to learn as well, and offers tips for making it relevant to their lives. Non-native teachers can — and should — teach them how things like treaties, the Indian Act, and enduring racism and stereotypes about Aboriginal people play into the lives of all Canadians."

Transcript: LINK


"Ordre de Bon Temps" - comic version

Enduring early Canadian winters
The story of l'Ordre de Bon Temps (The Order of Good Cheer), can be read as a comic. (This group started by Samuel de Champlain was created to make hard winters both endurable and enjoyable.)

Direct link to English comic:



Book Spine Poems?

Get "poetically" inspired
Guess what? April is National Poetry Month. Engage your students by haveing them create book spine poems. (You can even submit them to the 2014 Book Spine Poem Gallery. Have students visit the gallery to get inspired:

Travis Jonker offers some tips on creating poems at SLJ:


An Asteroid with Rings? - "Space Rip" video

The smallest object to have rings
"Observations made at telescopes in South America have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object to have rings and only the fifth body in the Solar System — after the much larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — to have this feature. The origin of these rings remains a mystery, but they may be the result of a collision that created a disc of debris."

For other space-related video clips, visit this link.


One Teen Story - Contest open to teen writers

Seeking original, unpublished fiction written by teens
"If you love to write, we're looking for one great story. One Teen Story will consider original, unpublished fiction written by teens ages 14-19. We are interested in great fiction of any genre—literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, and horror. What's in a great short story? Interesting characters, a unique voice, and of course, a beginning, middle and end."

To enter, you must be between the ages of 14 and 19 as of May 31, 2014.


How did the solar system form? NASA's Space Place

How did our busy stellar neighborhood come to be?

"The solar system is a pretty busy place. It's got all kinds of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets zipping around our Sun. But how did this busy stellar neighborhood come to be? Our story starts about 4.6 billion years ago, with a wispy cloud of stellar dust..."

Narrated animation with downloadable posters

Intro to the SMART Notebook Software - archived webinar

Creating engaging SMART Notebook pages
"Learn how to create content in the SMART Notebook software to make your own interactive Notebook files. This webinar will cover how to create engaging SMART Notebook pages using basic and advanced features, such as linking to the internet, using pre-made templates, and importing other presentation or interactive files into SMART Notebook."



YA for Spring - Webcast

Teen Books for Spring: New Fiction, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels.
This SLJ / Lerner / Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt webcast is available in on-demand format.
(Scroll down to the "Launch Presentation" button at the bottom of the webpage.)

Cyberbullying: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats Infographic

What is the reality of cyberbullying in Canada?
"The sweeping study conducted by MediaSmarts looks at the prevalence and impact of cyberbullying among students in every province and territory. Despite popular conceptions of the "mean girl", boys are more likely to report being mean or cruel online, while girls are more likely to have mean things said about them. Girls are also much more likely than boys to say that cyberbullying has been a serious problem for them."
Complete study here: LINK

Some more links from 

...a few options related to bullying prevention and cyber-bullying:

8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom

Why Use Music in Class?
"Music can be used to help control a classroom environment or to support the content within that class. It can be used to signal different transitions within the class as well as to serve as a writing prompt itself. ... Music opens up neurons, opens doors in your brain that create a kind of loft space receptive to learning."

Here are eight ways to use music:
  • #1 Teach Academic Vocabulary
  • #2 Lyrics as Poetry
  • #3 Songs as Writing Prompts
  • #4 Music to Aid in Role-Playing
  • #5 Playlists to Teach Narrative
  • #6 Jingles to Teach Persuasive
  • #7 Reviews as Literary Analysis
  • #8 Music to take "Syn-naps"

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Experts or Amateurs?

Gauging Young Canadians' Digital Literacy Skills
"This report is drawn from a national survey of Canadian youth conducted by MediaSmarts in 2013. The classroom-based survey of 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11, in every province and territory, examined the role of networked technologies in young people's lives. Experts or Amateurs? Gauging Young Canadians' Digital Literacy Skills (the fourth in a series of reports from the survey) explores the level of young people's digital literacy skills, how they are learning these skills and how well digital technologies are being used in classrooms to support these skills."

PLUS: Infographic representation of report:

Funny Library Cartoon

Sometimes I wonder how students really see their TL...

Click the link to see the complete panel