Sunday, April 26, 2009

Earth Day Google Doodles

For Earth Day this year, I had my seventh graders create their own Earth Day Google Doodles. They decided we should have a contest as to who could create the best Doodle. Why they thought I would ever be able to choose just one "best" out of this incredibly talented class, I have no idea. But I agreed. Silly teacher.

Later that day...the eighth graders had a lengthy social studies test and I didn't feel like making them start anything new afterwards, so I invited them to also create their own Doodles. Before I knew what had happened, the eighth graders had challenged my seventh graders to a contest to see who could do the best Doodle out of both classes. They decided I should choose one from each class and then ask our Principal to choose the overall winner. Once again, I agreed. Crazy teacher.

Well, I have been unable to choose even a top five from each class. The best I could do was a top ten (David Letterman would be so proud). And now it's your turn! Please help me by voting for your favorite doodles, one from each class. (Right now I'm crossing my fingers that this will work, as I've never created a poll before. Crossed fingers makes it more difficult to type!)

Please visit the McTeach wiki to vote. Thank you!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Earth Day Animation

On Earth Day my seventh graders created their own Earth Day Googles and were quickly challenged by my eighth graders to a contest to determine the best Google Doodler in middle school. I have no idea how I am going to choose one Doodle from each class...there is just far too much talent in both of these classes! Wait...I know...I'll make my PLN do it! Phew...what a relief.

I'm working on a poll for everyone to take to help me determine a winner, and once it's finished I'll post it here (and on Twitter and Plurk and my teacher blog and my new Wordpress blog...and anywhere else I can think of).

Until then, here's a cute cartoon with an environmental theme. I actually chuckled!

If you'd like to check out more educational videos from notebook babies, be sure and visit Tony Dusko's website, Notebook Babies. Just scrolling over the little creatures on the home page had me chuckling again (if you don't have your sound turned on, you might think I'm a bit off).

Friday, April 10, 2009

Fast Food Humor

Ah, spring break! I know I will spend most of my break creating new and fabulous lesson plans and attempting to conquer Mount Grade Me Now. But first...a little humor. My thanks to Alec Couros (@courosa on Twitter) for this video. I watched it shortly after waking up this morning (to discover it was almost 9:00 AM...Yikes!), and quickly found myself laughing with ease.

Be sure to watch the video all the way to the end. Big time kudos to the Taco Bell dude!