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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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A new resource for language learning.   Info about using it HERE.

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The illustrations are so neat! Particularly those by Irisz Agocs and also Pola and Victoria Ushova. A nice recource.
It would be great if one could add voice reading the story (especially for younger children).
George please can you write to me off list about your last comment. joel _ josephson AT Kindersite DOT org

Thank you.


I sat down to look at Storybird and got addicted! I wrote 2 stories and just can't get enough. I feel like I was let loose in Borges mind or something. It is crazy!

Yes, lots I'd wish for the site but also sometimes more is less.... It works as it is.

George - I agree with Irisz Agocs - very much like the Peter Reynolds story pictures I believe. (you'll like the clever stick - my own creation by using piecemeal, many of these pictures and putting in music) Many are in our Story library.

But amazing! The labyrinth has been figured out.....the minotor slain. Let's create. Thx Joel. I'll write about this in our Sites of the Day 4sure.

David, the story is moving..., because it shows how it works in the real world. You must find your way to be heard, but for some it can be really difficult...

The best advice I've ever heard as a writer was - you need three readers. Two you can always find but it is the third you keep searching for....

What invigorates me and why I want students to be so "sparked" by story - is that it is elemental. It really is about what we are. Not tinsel on a tree but rather that tree itself. Stories will never die and they continue to spark me, keep me going. I'm always pulling "Gimpel the Fool " off my shelf and laughing like crazy. Could I laugh easier and better through TV? Maybe so but it wouldn't be the same - it would pass through me and not change me. It isn't human, it misses something and that something is the indescribable , the almost Kabbhalic nature of letters/sounds.

But I am heard, not of this life but of the spirit.... we all are.


what a wise advice:-) I also like stories as you might have noticed. You mentioned that you hed read some Tolstoy recently - do you know his stories for children, they are very short, sometimes strange but you can feel that they have soul in them (raw as Russia is). He was a great fabler...

...I would like to laugh as well but do not know any "Gimpel the Fool" - what is it, by whom?

Your comment also reminds me of Jung and his theory of archetypes, he often deals with stories and uses them to descend to common unconsciousness. There lies everything elemental, inherent.

Sooooo familiar with Tolstoy's stories and almost tiring of the responses I get from people to read them and who immediately think - why bother - didn't he write that terribly long thing, war and piece? :) But I'm partial to Tolstoy's later books ( age always make a man better -- I love that Yiddish saying, "no man could ever wish to be younger".) - Kreuster Sonata and especially his Confessions and more autobiographical writings lie - The Law of Love etc...

Get Gimpel here. Download the karaoke player and then play by downloading this. Sorry, it is a large file and might take some time. But if you really want to get the real thing - buy the book. Or anything Singer. He died alone in Florida with his mind and dreams of how beautiful and absurd our lives our -- to wit, that each and every thing counts. Gimpel is my hero! If you like it - I'll send you many more delightful stories from the Baal Shem Tov.

PS. I'm much more a Jungian than a Freudian....
What a coincidence! - I have Shosha on my bedside, prepared to read as a next book after I finish Darkness at noon.
David, I downloaded Gimpel, the karafun I already have, but it won't play... :-(
PS: me too, he is not so one-sided
The art is gorgeous... and gives me a head-over-heels feeling, too. I wonder what kids will do with it- I wish I had some to experiment with! I keep thinking with young children, the art might serve as a model for drawing your own illustrations... there is something so accessible in it.

My kids spent tons of time (in school) illustrating stories in grades k - 3... it sure drops off after that. (Kids get very critical of their drawing abilities, for one... and teachers devote much less time to developing literacy in those ways.) That kind of turns around to my hesitation about using online story creators- I want my students (and my grandkids, if I get some) to create their own illustrations. That doesn't mean there isn't a place for online story creators, but in the young years, it's very important for a child to do it himself... making books one of the main ways they participate in our literary world, express themselves, have the sense of authorship, collaborate sometimes (and sometimes not) with friends. It's just a very powerful activity.

I feel like a curmudgeon. I just see the messiness of paint, the expense of markers, colored pencils, pens and crayons, the time spent by the teacher and parent volunteers keeping the "writing center" supplied with pre-made booklets, ready to go, listening to child "read" their stories, offering conventional spelling underneath the guess-and-go spelling if a kid wants it, all of the ways the good primary classroom nurtures the developing literacy of the child, being usurped by a computer program. The results are good-looking, but more limited than what is produced by hand.

But the art on storybird is so good, it is hard to pass up. Maybe kids will learn about illustrating, and be more satisfied with their own, by incorporating some of the styles they see/use on the site. And the art serves as a prompt for storytelling... So does every good book that is read aloud in circle, but perhaps the focus that simply sitting at a computer screen provides, and the ability to manipulate the images that isn't present in a book, would offer more opportunities to think about stories to create...

Just thinking it through, beyond the awe factor : ).

Shosha is one of my fav. novels of his! Fine stuff - I often think of the conversation "he" (I think it is somewhat autobiographical) had with her. And he tells her that life is like the pages of a book...a beautiful passage.

Gimpel works for me. It is a large file. Make sure you wait awhile for it to finish downloading, depending on your speed it will take a while.
I agree Ellen. Get the students to create the art themselves for sure! However, it doesn't have to be either or and Storybird can be something to motivate them.

I love how it plays full screen! I'm going to finish up my story today, about "the lonely girl". I'll post and see what you think... Feels good to be an author again!

Here is my storybird - The Lonely Girl. Not the greatest but the few teachers I shared it with, didn't boo!

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