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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23. 88 Replies

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Tags: best, video, film, teaching, movie

Learning Communities

Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


What "link" did you use in class today. Let's share!  Just quickly write down the address and any comment about how useful it was or how the students like it.  A kind of shared website diary!

Find our whole directory of links HERE. Also, see our new Websites of the Day HERE and the old complete one HERE, for others.

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I'll start off. I used http://storybird.com

Read more about it here in this discussion. I really think this is an amazing place for students to write, share, present stories...
I (will use) Triptico today in my classes. Specifically, I will be using their Word Mix and Word Magnet tools. I first learned about site here on the boards and have used it regularly for teacher tools (buzzers, timers, scoreboards) and tools for students. The Word Magnets tool really helps my students gain confidence in sentence constructions before picking up a pencils and recalling those spelling words. The tools on the site are meticulously designed and appear very clear (not choppy) on two different touch screens here at the school.

I also have to second the mention of Storybird. The resource really is incredible and I can't wait to incorporate it more into my extremely short class times.
Good to hear Thaddeus!

I've written about David's work at Triptico and we've been in touch through email talking about the perils/joys of sharing our creations and developing educational tools. If you do see how the tools can be improved or have a new idea, he is most welcoming.

You reminded me that I have to get back to him!


I just used http://en.akinator.com This site seems to be getting EVEN BETTER at guessing the student's choice of person.
I used Crocodile's Toothache (since we are into teeth stuff :) by Shel Silverstein . I used the video and the kids loved it (prior to reading the poem from the book).
I'm really backwarded to use technology, really dn't know the technical terms used here. I wish I could use technology at school and home.
I used the coffee bean / carrot / egg story HERE. Didn't really go over well. My class lacked energy and I lacked the energy to overcome their lack of energy..oh well, that's life.
David, the link goes to The Secret of Happiness/Butterfly story.

Boy, do I hear you about lacking the energy to overcome their lack of energy- that's when showing up is what counts, and what builds trust and togetherness, I think : )

How big is your class? What's the physical room like? (You know I love to hear about these things.)
Govinda, just keep whacking away at it! Experiment, don't be intimidated, ask questions but also just go for it. Google how to do something and even if you don't understand exactly what the article is saying, try it anyway. After you've tried everything you can think of, ask questions in an online forum (here, Classroom 2.0, wherever else you go) again.

If you put out the effort, it will all come together : )

What would you like to be able to do first? I can probably help : )
I'm not plugging my site but I do have alot of free resources and would love to hear any comments you may have.
Thank you
I used the Tarheel reader. My "Materials Design" classes will be making and sharing books there. EFL Classroom has about 200+ books published!

Jason, I added your website to our member directory. Plug away and let others know! That's what we are here for, to support teachers helping others and learning from others.

Thanks David
I appreciate the support,
OH OH Ohhhhhhhhh :D So cute and funny. I will upload the file here so people can download.

Cristina, have you read Dr. DeSoto? It is about a mouse dentist and a fox. Clever little story, and there is a video too! I'll attach the video as a file.

Also, have you heard of Kevin Henkes as a children's author? His mouse books are so in tune with the experiences of children this age- my boys loved him, even when it was a "girl" story. Their favorite was "Julius, the Baby of the World" (I've kept the hard cover copy of that one), and they also liked "Owen" and "Chrysanthemum". I see "Lily's Plastic Purse" in many classrooms, but I haven't read it.

Crocodile_s Toothache (By Shel Silverstein).mp4

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