Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fun Journalism Activity: Speedwriting Practice

I like doing speedwriting with my journalism students. Nothing gets the class off on a nice footing like a quick writing exercise to settle down, and if it's a bit funny, well, bonus. It's fun making up the prompts - you can even let students have a turn.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Making Personalized Book Posters

I always like inviting other teachers, especially from disciplines outside English, to come and talk about their favorite books. And when they do, I take a quick picture and turn their book talk into a poster for our classroom wall. That way, students have a visual record of the many recommendations they have heard from the adults at our school.

I've been experimenting with the site Teachers Pay Teachers, and just put up a step-by-step tutorial for how to make these posters there. Go check it out if you'd like to make one for your classroom!

What do you think of the whole Teachers Pay Teachers idea? It's obviously skyrocketed in popularity for the primary classroom, but seems to be just catching on in the secondary realm. Would you share your resources there?