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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


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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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The #1 .... ( teaching tool)

Number One** Not your ordinary, endless list - just what's number 1.

blank paperA Blank Piece of Paper

I'm sure many of you might have voted for the board, the computer, the photocopier, some may have even opted for a pen or pencil. However, I really think that the most important tool in the teacher's arsenal, the one thing that makes teaching happen is the old blank piece of paper.

Paper is still essential and will always be essential. A blank piece of paper even more so - even more powerful than one filled! The poets knew the power of a white sheet of paper. The world too complex for us to create upon but ah! give us a blank piece of paper and we are as gods.

I've long been an advocate of any teaching approach that uses as the core of its belief - SCC (Student Created Content). A blank piece of paper should start all lessons and from there students create the content and then use this for language practice/production. This is the true power of a blank piece of paper and why it is number 1 - it is a mirror for the mind of the student, an unparalleled way of learning by making that invisible - visible.

So to end - let me begin listing just a few of the infinite ways you might use a blank piece of paper in class. (also see #57 - #60 on Lessons in a Can. All ideas on using a blank piece of paper.)

1. Drawing and labeling
2. Graphic / Alphabet vocab organizer (just fold 'em)
3. Brainstorming
4. Student made worksheets / wordsearches
5. Storyboards (just fold 'em)
6. Story book making (just fold 'em)
7. Pass the Paper
8. Cootie Catcher or Fortune Teller
9. Arts and Crafts (ie. Origami)
10. Student made bingo cards (just fold 'em)
11. Chain story writing (pass the paper)
12. Poster / ad making projects

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Comment by Ellen Pham on September 11, 2010 at 3:17am
Oh, this is sweet. Hey, a stick and some soft dirt is all you really need (twinkle)

And shelter from the elements, and lunch : )

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