My Digital Agenda

Dear Readers,

I meant to post my digital agenda (designed by the 10th grade History Teacher @ my school) at the beginning of the year but just got busy. I am so happy with this digital agenda. I got the idea to put my digital agenda on a GOOGLE Doc, so that I can change it at any time (and I usually do!). Since it’s totally interactive, I no longer have to make ppts. and am gradually releasing responsibility to the students.

So, Dear Reader, look at this and steal it if you want!

Let me know if this works for you. Bye for now!

Accountability w/Padlet!!!

Dear Readers,

I’m in a good mood because I found a solution to my accountability problem with my students not completing their journals. My school has Silent First 5ive, a strategy my school decided to implement this school year. During Silent First 5ive, the students are expected to come in and immediately begin working SILENTLY for the first 5 minutes of class. For my Silent First 5ive, I expect my students to complete their quick write- a quick journal question- in their composition books. Well, as it turns out, some of them were not completing the quick writes in their journals. I thought about possible solutions and came up with a simple solution of having the students complete a Padlet. Well, it is working out like a charm.

This is how it works: I create the Padlet, cut & paste the Padlet address on my digital agenda, where the students answer the quick write on the Padlet. I can see right away who has or has not completed their quick write. I even asked the students if they liked this instead of their journal. They said yes. This is making grading a lot easier.

Problem solved! I’ll write another post about my digital agenda.

Just in case you don’t know what a Padlet is, here’s the definition I found online:


Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

Also, here’s a link to a site I found that perfectly describes a Padlet and how to use it.

Let me know if you use Padlet & how it works for you! Bye for now!

Anatomy of an Effective Email by

Dear Readers,

I ran across an article on regarding how to write an effective email to your child’s teacher. This is great information for parents. I’m also thinking about using this during the next parent conference.

It’s a great resource. Let me know what you think!

Getting ready to write an email to your child’s teacher? Use this guide to see what to include to help you get the best response from the teacher. Keep in mind that some schools may have policies about where and when to use your child’s name in an email. So check your school’s website or ask your child’s teacher.


Here’s the link:

The Gradual Release of Responsibility!

Dear Readers,

According to Dr. Douglas Fisher, Professor of Language & Literacy Instruction at San Diego State University, The gradual release of responsibility model of instruction requires that the teacher shift from assuming “all the responsibility for performing a task … to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility” (Duke & Pearson, 2002, p. 211). This gradual release may occur over a day, a week, a month, or a year. Stated another way, the gradual release of responsibility “… emphasizes instruction that mentors students into becoming capable thinkers and learners when handling the tasks with which they have not yet developed expertise” (Buehl, 2005).


I’m more than happy that I happened upon this particular article because I’ve been struggling with the same concept with my students. I discussed in another blog post how I coddled them. I didn’t mean to. I just didn’t want them to be left out in the cold. So, that is my dilemma.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Here’s his article, entitled, Effective Use of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, if you’d like to read it.

An Explanation of Project Based Learning (PBL)!

Dear Readers,

What exactly is Project Based Learning? Well, I’m glad you asked.


I’ve found a couple links that explain it a lot better than I can. Like to see them, here they go:

Check these out and let me know what you think!