Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How do you know if what you find is what you want?

During this lesson on  Web Literacy, we will use the three websites listed below. Please make sure that you are using the graphic organizer for the lesson to take notes on the two sites you are assigned.

Group 1 - Link to Ships for Asia
Group 2 - Link to Salem Maritime National Historic Park

In Pairs - Link to All About Explorers

REAL Acronym

Real the URL
Do you recognize the domain name?
What is the extension in the domain name?
Are you on a personal page?
Examine the content
Is the information useful for the topic?
Are additional resources or links provided?
Is the site current?
When was it updated?
Is it accurate?
Does it contradict other information you have found?
Ask about the author
Is there an author?
Is there contact information?
Does the author seem knowledgeable? An expert?
Is it Legit?
Is the site legitimate?


What do you think?  Is this a good source for your research on seafaring of the 1800s?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Advisory Resources

Association for Middle Level Education - "Advisory programs (also called advocacy programs, homebase, teacher-based guidance, advisor-advisee) are predicated on the belief that every young adolescent should have at least one adult at school to act as the student's advocate."  This site helps to define and guide the implementation of advisory at the middle level. Research and policy papers are included.

Developmental Designs - During a workshop last spring, I had an opportunity to meet with a principal from central Massachusetts who has been using Developmental Designs resources, trainings and materials to support her staff in implementing an Advisory Program.  Developmental Designs is the middle school level of Responsive Classroom. Central aspects of their approach is the daily Circle of Power and teaching and learning routines to gain independence in school and in life.

Educators for Social Responsibility - Locally, ESR provide professional development and resouces to schools and other organizations to increase equity and peace in schools. There is a focus on mediation and conflict resolution in their programing.

Coalition Of Essential Schools - This article from 1990 summarizes an overview of many different Advisory Programs and what distinguishes them. I found it helpful for conceiving what it could be like in 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes per week.  Many examples are included in this article but focus mostly on the high school level because of the Coalition's focus on high school.

Education World Resources on what advisory is and why schools would want to implement it.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards -

This site has been the center for information and updates nationally as the Common Core has been developed and adopted. While Massachusetts has added to the Common Core, this site still provides much of the current thinking that will assist educators when talking with parents and other stakeholders about the curriculum changes that will occur over the next two years. 

YA nonfiction blog

Friday, July 27, 2012


TEDEd - beta - This is an introductory tour of the site - This is the site itself which is still under development.

The concept is that master teachers and professional animators come together to produce videos for instructional purposes that can support teachers' efforts to flip the classroom.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reading Comprehension Resources

Have you looked for short activities for students to practice specfic reading comprehension strategies. This site has a lot for upper elementary and middle school teachers to look through and consider.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Evernote Education

Hey all of you teachers out there interested in a way for students to store their work in a portfolio format - evernote is for you. This blog post by a teacher in Portland explains how he piloted and introduced it to his students. Now they can use their mobile devices, home computer and school computers to work on, store and email their work.

I have been using it for walk throughs but I can see broader applications.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MoMA for teachers

The Modern Teachers site includes lesson plans, history, and images worthy of designing curriculum around. Have a look.

Sunday, January 15, 2012