Friday, March 7, 2008

Reflections -- 2008 CLAS conference

This year's conference theme is "Literacy Now" and, appropriately, the icons that are on the program and tickets feature rockets. Here are a few reflections on what ideas have "launched" me into inspiration for my classroom. I hope to expand on a few soon...

  1. Ralph Fletcher - His humorous presentation last night focused mostly on boys and writing and some of the little things that educators can do to help shrink the gap. Choice, humor, and violence (to a point) were the three main allowances that we can provide our male writers in our classroom
  2. Dan and Dawn Kirby - Their humorous presentation (it is so nice to laugh!) showed me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if writer's workshop doesn't seem like the only "good" way to teach writing. Their discussion of memoir in a studio format was enlightening.
  3. Nikki Giovanni -inspired her packed audience with her humor (yep...lots of laughing there too), poetry, and the story of Rosa Parks
  4. Technology - I focused two of my breakout sessions on technology and received great ideas on how to use web 2.0 in my class
  5. writing - I learned about brain gyms and how some simple, short exercises could help students get over the fear of writing or the dreaded writer's block.

Tomorrow...Leonard Pitts, Katie Wood Ray, and more inspiration.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My venture into podcasts in the classroom

I am getting ready to assign my students a podcast for their project on the independent reading books that they are about to finish.

This is a new frontier for me, but I have found a couple good sources:

If there are more sources that anyone has used, please comment with a link. I'm needing as many options as possible.