Monthly Archives: August 2013

Starting Your Year with Student Blogging



If you haven’t considered blogging with your students, now’s the time!

I’ve taught fifth grade for the past 14 years, I have never found a more powerful approach to teaching writing than blogging. It creates an authentic audience, and kids actually want to write. I have an easy step by step guide to starting off on a good foot.



Click the title below for a more detailed explanation with resources.

Overview of Lessons to Begin Blogging

1. Make paper blogs to teach blogging. Here’s the lesson plan:
Paper Blogs: McTeach lesson

2.  7 Random Facts About Me To teach what information can be on a public space, and what can not.

3. Establish Blogging Guidelines.

4. Quality Comments

5. Start with small assignments

6. International Dot Day: How will you make a difference in the world?

7. Include parents

8. Connect with a couple of classrooms

9.Let them explore with color and style to personalize their blog site

10.Don’t grade! At least not at first.

11.Blog at least weekly                                                                                                         

12.Be Patient

Here’s a great article about the State of Blogging:

The State of Educational Blogging 2013

There are more resources linked here.

This year…Take That Step Forward


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Most educators agree that collaborating globally in their classrooms is a great idea…it makes learning real on a whole new level, widens perspective, promotes understanding and tolerance, and is an amazing way to get students excited about learning….not to mention the benefits to the teachers!  But maybe you think that you’re already too busy, it’s too complicated to figure out, or that it’s too much work. It doesn’t have to be any of those things.

Global collaboration is not an add-on or an extra thing. It’s an approach to teaching. What are you teaching now? That’s where you start.  Listen to classroom educators discuss how they include iEARN projects in their approach to teaching in this recorded webinar: Back to School! Plan Your Year with iEARN Projects.

Take that step forward and see how it enhances your classroom. If you already teach globally, this webinar can give you some fresh ideas…

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10 Year Old Talent..amazing.


I’ve taught 5th grade…10-11 year olds…for many years. It is amazing the talent there is in such young kids. You have to hear this. Akira, yes…and she’s 10.

Stay, sung and played by  AkiraSky


Apple CEO Tim Cook on Collaboration

Such a great view of collaboration! People that realize that “it takes more than themselves to make magic”. Calling at 2am with an idea…not being able to wait to keep talking about the possibilities. I know the energy and power of that kind of collaboration. Why is it this is so difficult to manifest in most work places?  True collaboration is mutual.  The kind of collaboration he describes is a two way street…it’s a give and take. 

That takes risk, and it takes trust.

Back to School! Plan Your Year with iEARN Projects

Join us on Aug 22nd!


It’s time! For many of us around the world, we are gearing up for the beginning of the school year. With so much buzz about engaging students through Project-based Learning, global collaboration, and 21st Century skills, iEARN naturally comes to mind. There are so many wonderful projects organized and facilitated by dedicated teachers all over the world. Need some ideas to get you going? Join us for a free webinar on August 22 at 6pm EDT,Back to School! Plan Your Year with iEARN Projects.  It will be an hour well spent. Registration is quick and easy. Experienced teachers will talk about incorporating iEARN projects into their classrooms. You can also look at the iEARN Collaboration Centre Tutorialsto guide you in the right direction.

There are so many exciting ways to connect your students to the world.  Don’t miss out!

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