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Friday Recap: poems, painting and an app

It has been a while since I have done a Friday Recap post; honestly, most weeks I’m just lucky I’ve made it to Friday! This week I have some fun things that I couldn’t wait to share!  This is what I was up to when I wasn’t blogging: The first share is an INCREDIBLE poem written by 5th grader, Emma at Anastasis Academy.  The kids were writing poems ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas style, Emma wrote the brilliant poem below about the night before braces. :)  Clever! Twas The Night Before Braces Twas the night before braces, my teeth were all clear, not a spot of silver, or a rubber band near I knew it would be painful and bring on a tear, but I knew someday they would come off, and I would celebrate and cheer I stopped and smiled and looked in the mirror, my teeth are all crooked and need to be cured Tomorrow is a bad day and I wish it would pass, I wish it would happen super duper fast, Which nearly wouldn’t happen like I have heard in the past, now I need to pick my colors and make sure they don’t clash Now Pink! Now Purple! Now White and maybe Red! Maybe after my appointment, I’ll be happy instead I shouldn’t be complaining, I sound like a drag, My dad works so hard for me, I don’t want to make him mad So I’ll go in with a smile, it might take all my might, so…. Happy Smiles to all and to all a straight bite. What did I tell you?  We have the MOST brilliant, creative kids at Anastasis! (I’m sure every teacher reading this could say the same!)   At Anastasis Academy, each Friday we have a learning excursion.  Sometimes these are field trips out of the building, but this week we had a local artist, Scott Beckley, come to us. Scott taught the kids how to paint in acrylic using palette knives.  The results were fantastic!  Some students made curvy cartoony pencils.  I wish I had caught more of them to take pictures of as they were heading out the door!        Thank you Scott!   Did you know Flat Stanley has his own app? Very cool!  You can check it out on my other blog iPadCurriculum. Wishing you joy this weekend!

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Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, Language Arts, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Web2.0 | Posted on 02-10-2007

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How to integrate edu 2.0 into the classroom: edu 2.0 allows teachers to add a new dimension to teaching. Post private classes online, upload daily lessons, keep a student roster, student attendance, a calendar, assignments, grade book, graph scores, start a class forum, chat, wiki, polls, and feeds, create surveys and quizzes that can be completed online. This is a great way to extend teaching, teach students how to use web 2.0 tools, offer tutoring and out-side of school teaching, and offering courses to home school students or small schools who may not have the resources to offer specialized classes.

Tips: This is an amazing FREE resource, be sure to participate in the edu 2.0 forum. Graham, the creator, is extremely open to new ideas from teachers and often creates new features and implements them quickly based on user suggestions.


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