1. Blogging Camp Day 3 included interviews with Junior spies, and doll clothes designers; learning how to post cute puppy pictures; an inspirational walk in the woods to generate fictional stories; research on Pugdoodles; and a introduction to reggae music. School should be designed more like summer camp. #summer2014 #kidblogs

    Blogging Camp Day 3 included interviews with Junior spies, and doll clothes designers; learning how to post cute puppy pictures; an inspirational walk in the woods to generate fictional stories; research on Pugdoodles; and a introduction to reggae music. School should be designed more like summer camp. #summer2014 #kidblogs

  2. ailedubooks:

    Adventures in Learning Asked:

    What is your favorite book to read to students?

    Or have students read?

    @obertogreco answered: Two books: The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, by George Saunders and Some of the Kinder Planets, by Time Wynne-Jones

    Book one:

    The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, by George Saunders

    Three families live in the seaside village of Frip — the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her widowed father. The townspeople of Frip make their living raising goats, but they must fight off a daily invasion of gappers, bright orange, many-eyed creatures that cover goats and stop them from giving milk. When the gappers target Capable’s goats, the Romos and the Ronsens turn their backs on the gapper-ridden Capable. What will Capable do about her gapper plague? An imaginative tale by acclaimed author George Saunders accented with haunting illustrations by award-winning illustrator Lane Smith, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is an adult story for children, a children’s story for adults, an oceanside fable for the landlocked, a fish story for loaves, and a fable about the true meaning of community.

    Note from Adventures in Learning: This one really excites me, not sure how I didn’t know about this one!  I’m going to pick this up to use in my acting camp this summer. Stories like this work perfectly to inspire improv and acting with my students! Excited! You can get it here also.

    Book two:

    Some of the Kinder Planets, by Time Wynne-Jones

    This collection of nine short stories offers offbeat vignettes of contemporary life as well as tales of ghosts, aliens, and historical figures. Clear writing combines with clever concepts and varied subject matter to make the book accessible and enjoyable to a wide audience. Male and female characters of all ages are convincing and well rounded, an especially impressive achievement given the brevity of the pieces. While not all of them are intended to be funny, Wynne-Jones has a light touch that serves him well whether his topic is serious or humorous. Also, a certain ambiguity is often present, and the stories offer tantalizing glimpses of complex worlds. This sophisticated presentation of both everyday experiences (such as a not-so-successful science project) and unusual situations (the aftermath of a train accident) creates a uniquely appealing whole.

    Note from Adventures in Learning: Another book new to me! This is why I love crowdsourcing book recommendations, so many new books to be found! Keep them coming!

    Reblogged from: ailedubooks
  3. artdreamsdloitz:

Portland Weathered
2009
David Loitz
Map, Paint, Dirt, Glue, Portland Weather

Reblogging this art piece from my Art Blog David Loitz’s Art Dreams (A collection of my own art work along with Art that inspires me and moves me.)

    artdreamsdloitz:

    Portland Weathered

    2009

    David Loitz

    Map, Paint, Dirt, Glue, Portland Weather

    Reblogging this art piece from my Art Blog David Loitz’s Art Dreams (A collection of my own art work along with Art that inspires me and moves me.)

    Reblogged from: artdreamsdloitz
  4. Or have students read?

  5. ailedubooks:

Meeting Dennis Wilson - Complete Edition by Max Harrick Shenk 
This is a great and extremely funny coming of age young adult book. It like a better version of the Wonder Years with way more heart and way more laughs.  This is perfect hammock or beach reading. I read it out loud to my wife last summer for hours at a time. You really get to know the unique engaging and relateable  characters fast and want to follow them along as they figure out what it means to be a teenager in America in the 70’s.
Here is the summery!

COMPLETE SINGLE VOLUME LIMITED EDITION of the seven-book serialized novel. 15 year old softball pitcher (and Beach Boys fan) Margo LeDoux has a crush on Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and wants to meet him, but her boyfriend, Scott, doesn’t really like the idea (“I don’t want you runnin’ off and bein’ some groupie!”). Meanwhile, Margo’s best friend (and our narrator) Brian Pressley and his girlfriend, Christy Kelly, decide that they’re going to “take steps” toward going all the way, steps which seem to get them into trouble no matter how careful they are. And then there’s Christy’s big sister Kathy, who’s stricken with a bad case of senioritis and a boyfriend who’s avoiding her just weeks shy of the senior prom… and Brian’s buddy Marty, a shy kid with a Beatles obsession and a crush on Margo… and Margo’s catcher Tara Longbaugh, whose parents have a Beach Boys connection that could get Margo closer to meeting her heartthrob… not to mention parents, brothers, sisters, classmates and teachers who just seem to make life harder, not easier. In Margo’s words: “How do we put UP with all these people?” And how can a girl with a rockstar-sized crush meet the drummer of her dreams? This LIMITED EDITION complete volume contains all of the contents of the seven individual serialized books

Book One of this 7 part serialized novel is currently on sale on amazon kindle for 99 cents.  So you can check it out and get hooked and then move on to the next book…..or buy the whole thing for $9.99 Crazy deal!
Now back to my summer reading!
-Adventures in Learning

    ailedubooks:

    Meeting Dennis Wilson - Complete Edition by Max Harrick Shenk

    This is a great and extremely funny coming of age young adult book. It like a better version of the Wonder Years with way more heart and way more laughs.  This is perfect hammock or beach reading. I read it out loud to my wife last summer for hours at a time. You really get to know the unique engaging and relateable  characters fast and want to follow them along as they figure out what it means to be a teenager in America in the 70’s.

    Here is the summery!

    COMPLETE SINGLE VOLUME LIMITED EDITION of the seven-book serialized novel. 15 year old softball pitcher (and Beach Boys fan) Margo LeDoux has a crush on Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and wants to meet him, but her boyfriend, Scott, doesn’t really like the idea (“I don’t want you runnin’ off and bein’ some groupie!”). Meanwhile, Margo’s best friend (and our narrator) Brian Pressley and his girlfriend, Christy Kelly, decide that they’re going to “take steps” toward going all the way, steps which seem to get them into trouble no matter how careful they are. And then there’s Christy’s big sister Kathy, who’s stricken with a bad case of senioritis and a boyfriend who’s avoiding her just weeks shy of the senior prom… and Brian’s buddy Marty, a shy kid with a Beatles obsession and a crush on Margo… and Margo’s catcher Tara Longbaugh, whose parents have a Beach Boys connection that could get Margo closer to meeting her heartthrob… not to mention parents, brothers, sisters, classmates and teachers who just seem to make life harder, not easier. In Margo’s words: “How do we put UP with all these people?” And how can a girl with a rockstar-sized crush meet the drummer of her dreams? This LIMITED EDITION complete volume contains all of the contents of the seven individual serialized books

    Book One of this 7 part serialized novel is currently on sale on amazon kindle for 99 cents.  So you can check it out and get hooked and then move on to the next book…..or buy the whole thing for $9.99 Crazy deal!

    Now back to my summer reading!

    -Adventures in Learning

    Reblogged from: ailedubooks
  6. iusedtoloveherr:

2025 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA.

    iusedtoloveherr:

    2025 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA.

    Reblogged from: sustainableprosperity
  7. Blogging Camp Day One!
Today we made Paper blogs! 
Student’s created a front page of a blog website and students practiced/learned about commenting and how to reply. Yellow post it notes are comments. Students had to write one nice thing and then ask a question. Worked really well. More info about Paper Blogs see pernilleripp's blog here.
Then students worked in pairs to interview each other. Their interviews became their first blog post. We are using Kidblog for the moment. Might try other blogs platforms and open to suggestions.
This is a pretty small camp, with 6 students grades 3-5. 5 girls and one boy! :)

    Blogging Camp Day One!

    Today we made Paper blogs!

    Student’s created a front page of a blog website and students practiced/learned about commenting and how to reply. Yellow post it notes are comments. Students had to write one nice thing and then ask a question. Worked really well. More info about Paper Blogs see pernilleripp's blog here.

    Then students worked in pairs to interview each other. Their interviews became their first blog post. We are using Kidblog for the moment. Might try other blogs platforms and open to suggestions.

    This is a pretty small camp, with 6 students grades 3-5. 5 girls and one boy! :)

  8. It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.
    L.R. Knost (via maxistentialist)
    Reblogged from: firstclassroom
  9. fuckyeahradicaled:

Text reads: When you look at the kind of schooling that’s all about superior results and “raising the bar,” you tend to find a variety of unwelcome consequences: less interest in learning for its own sake, less willingness to take on challenging tasks (since the point is to produce good results, not to take intellectual risks), more superficial thinking … and more cheating. -Alfie Kohn (Feel-Bad Education)

    fuckyeahradicaled:

    Text reads: When you look at the kind of schooling that’s all about superior results and “raising the bar,” you tend to find a variety of unwelcome consequences: less interest in learning for its own sake, less willingness to take on challenging tasks (since the point is to produce good results, not to take intellectual risks), more superficial thinking … and more cheating. -Alfie Kohn (Feel-Bad Education)

    Reblogged from: fuckyeahradicaled
  10. Touche!

    Touche!

    Reblogged from: from-student-to-teacher
  11. I asked my tumblr followers:

    What book should every teacher read?

    here are zwelinzima answers:

    In no order,

    1.) The Book of Learning and Forgetting, by Frank Smith, discusses social relevance and control

    In this thought-provoking book, Frank Smith explains how schools and educational authorities systematically obstruct the powerful inherent learning abilities of children, creating handicaps that often persist through life. The author eloquently contrasts a false and fabricated “official theory” that learning is work (used to justify the external control of teachers and students through excessive regulation and massive testing) with a correct but officially suppressed “classic view” that learning is a social process that can occur naturally and continually through collaborative activities. This book will be crucial reading in a time when national authorities continue to blame teachers and students for alleged failures in education. It will help educators and parents to combat sterile attitudes toward teaching and learning and prevent current practices from doing further harm.

    2.) Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, speaks, again—directly and eloquently—on liberating young minds (here is my recommendation again)

    “There is no way to help a learner to be disciplined, active, and thoroughly engaged unless he perceives a problem to be a problem or whatever is to-be-learned as worth learning, and unless he plays an active role in determining the process of solution.”
    Neil Postman, Teaching as a Subversive Activity

    3.) Walking on Water, by Derrick Jensen, has just awesome stories with terrific lessons about asking questions (Note: I also recommend this book highly)

    Walking on Water is a startling and provocative look at teaching, writing, creativity, and life by a writer increasingly recognized for his passionate and articulate critique of modern civilization. This time Derrick Jensen brings us into his classroom—whether college or maximum security prison—where he teaches writing. He reveals how schools perpetuate the great illusion that happiness lies outside of ourselves and that learning to please and submit to those in power makes us into lifelong clock-watchers. As a writing teacher Jensen guides his students out of the confines of traditional education to find their own voices, freedom, and creativity.

  12. salon:

    Ronald Reagan pretty much ruined everything for millennials.

    Reblogged from: baebl
  13. ailedubooks:

    What book should every Teacher read?

    @savytrufle said: Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade by Linda Perlstein

    Summery:

    A “vivid, unpredictable, fair, balanced and … very entertaining” look at how education reforms have changed one typical American elementary school over the course of a year (Jay Mathews, The Washington Post)

    The pressure is on at schools across America. In recent years, reforms such as No Child Left Behind have created a new vision of education that emphasizes provable results, uniformity, and greater attention for floundering students. Schools are expected to behave more like businesses and are judged almost solely on the bottom line: test scores.

    To see if this world is producing better students, Linda Perlstein immersed herself in a suburban Maryland elementary school, once deemed a failure, that is now held up as an example of reform done right. Perlstein explores the rewards and costs of that transformation, and the resulting portrait—detailed, human, and truly thought-provoking—provides the first detailed view of how new education policies are modified by human realities. 

    Find it here

    Have not read this one, but adding it to my summer reading list. Love books that showcase a year in the life of schools.

    -Adventures in Learning

    Reblogged from: ailedubooks
  14. Reblogged from: adventuresinlearning
  15. stillpointpianomethod:


Composed by Mozart at 7 or 8 years of age, recently identified in Austria.

Music as art.

Not sure what all those means… or sounds like….but it looks fun!

    stillpointpianomethod:

    Composed by Mozart at 7 or 8 years of age, recently identified in Austria.

    Music as art.

    Not sure what all those means… or sounds like….but it looks fun!

    Reblogged from: stillpointpianomethod
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