Saturday, January 14, 2012

Text Poetry Image

Once again, my seventh graders and I have enjoyed doing our text poetry activity. I'm currently looking for a new way to share their poems, something that will actually look like they texted me their assignment...without me having to give them my cellphone number. (This is always my students' first suggestion, by the way.)

I came across the website iFakeText via Tammy Worcester's Tech Tip of the Week and thought I'd give it a try:

The html code provided by the website didn't seem to work with my blog, so I took a screenshot to share with everyone. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow me to share the entire poem at one time. I'd have to create multiple entries along with several screenshots. It does look pretty cool, though!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Let's Jump Right In

First day back after Christmas vacation for my students; how would I get us started? I stressed a little bit about this over the weekend.

Ok...actually, I stressed A LOT about this over the weekend! I wanted it to be something special, something poignant; something they would remember THE. REST. OF. THEIR. LIVES.

No pressure. And, clearly, no sense of reality either.

Finally, I decided to keep it simple...and fun. So we began our day today with a quick YouTube video. I prefaced this video with, "Now, I don't know what the person who posted this video wanted the title to be, but after you watch this I'll tell you what title I've given it. It has to do with starting back to school."

"And my title," I told the kids, "is....

Let's Jump Right In!"

Howls of laughter ensued. Well, it might have been more like very loud groans, but I choose to remember laughter.

Special thanks to Lee Kolbert for sharing this video on Facebook!