I have been trying out quite a few new things, and I don’t know where to start in terms of talking about them here. Take a look at this list and let me know in the comments which topic piques your curiosity, and I’ll do my next blog post on the topic that generates the most interest.
Using Google Docs to create rubrics
iMovie book trailers
(Almost) Paperless Classroom with Google Docs and Schoology
Carving out a hybrid position (or how I’m teaching two English classes and working as a Technology Integration Specialist at the same time)
Writing Workshop: going beyond peer editing with partners
Some visitors, particularly if you read the site and not the RSS feed, may have noticed that this site is enhanced with Apture. Apture is really beneficial to me because it enables me to create links to information really easily. I’m not sure if it’s of any benefit to users or not, other than you can view information in small popup windows before deciding whether you want to leave the site to go look at it.
Apture has released a new function that I have been dithering about adding called the Apture Site Bar. Here you can read some more about it. If you visit the site and scroll down, you can see an Apture Site Bar in action. Please go check it out and come back.
How would you feel about visiting this site with an Apture Site Bar at the top?
I think it would add some functionality to the site. Go for it. (86%)
It wouldn’t bother me, but I don’t think it adds any functionality. (14%)
Thank you to all of you who voted in the poll. It was a close one, but in the end Kelly Gallagher’s Readicideinched past Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them by a single vote. The final tally was as follows:
Because the voting was so close, I’ll probably read/revisit the books in the order of voters’ preference. I am going on vacation next week, so I’m not sure if I’ll do Readicide before or after, but it won’t happen at all from July 6-10.
OK, just for fun, I thought I’d conduct a quick survey. I will finish Traci Gardner’s wonderful Designing Writing Assignments later today. Which of the following books do you think I should read (and reflect on here) next? Vote in the poll. You can only vote for one choice. Voting will close at midnight on July 2!
Which professional development book should I read next?
Readicide by Kelly Gallagher (33%)
Revisit and finish Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle (29%)
You need to finish Blending Genre, Altering Style by Tom Romano (21%)
Revisit The First Days of School by Harry Wong (13%)
Genre Theory by Deborah Dean (4%)
I think you should read something else (suggest in the comments) (0%)
I am curious as to your policies regarding late work. Will you take a moment and answer this poll (if you are so inclined)? Feel free to elaborate on your answers in the comments if you wish. The poll expires Monday evening.
Do you accept late work?
Yes, at a significant penalty to the grade. (62%)
Only in rare and extenuating circumstances. (20%)
Yes, at no penalty. (18%)
Total Votes: 87
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