Author Archives: middletonb

How to videos using eBooks

I taught grade 5 students how to use Follettshelf and Overdrive, but know that many students didn’t have enough practice to comprehend all the steps. I had students get in groups of 3 and they could choose any iPad App … Continue reading

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Wordless Book Lesson

Grade 4 students worked in pairs and made-up a story for a wordless book. I pulled about 40 wordless books and tried to find 20 of my favorites. I did up an example using “Chalk” by Bill Thompson to show … Continue reading

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Follettshelf eBooks

Gadzooks! How do you spell ebooks? …Ebook? …eBook? ….ebook? or …e-book? No matter how you spell it there are many different ways to get them. We have Overdrive at our school and now just added Follettshelf that works with Destiny … Continue reading

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The High School Librarian and I hosted a Webinar on Kindle Management. The HS Librarian is on a Silcasia listserv and people were asking about how Kindles were managed. Our elementary library has 20 Kindles, middles school has 50, and … Continue reading

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Trip to India Slum School

We were in Mumbia, India and our hotel was across from the American School of Bombay. We know Eric Nelson who is a science teacher there and he asked if we wanted to go on a service learning project with … Continue reading

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Mentor texts

I have teachers who want picture books as mentor texts. While I can usually grab them off the shelf, sometimes I get stumped or my go-to books are checked out. This is a good book list to help trigger my … Continue reading

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Google Ngram Viewer

I’ve been released from the tennis whirlpool of coaching and can get back to blogging. An interesting discussion on a blog talked about how writers can wreck an illusion or out-date a book with too many anachronisms. They were specifically … Continue reading

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Author Visit – Grace Lin

Grace Lin is visiting our school! If you are looking for author visit ideas I thought this might be of help in triggering ideas. Each grade level read a book and did a lesson to prepare for her visit. We … Continue reading

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Using Evernote for Coaching Tennis

I have taken three classes from the Positive Coaching Alliance that stress a 5:1 ratio of giving students 5 positive comments to every criticism. Last year I had small sheets of paper all over the place and wanted to be … Continue reading

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15-17 Rotation Musings

I’m going all iPads next year and no laptops. Kindergarten-grade 2: We read new books. Next rotation grade 2 will use Destiny Quest on the iPad and be introduced to searching. One unique feature with the iPads is students can … Continue reading

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