State of the Union Address Tag Cloud
I thought we posted on this last year. Jason Griffey takes The State of the Union address and remixes the top 75 words into a tag cloud. Now that he’s done it two years in a row, it could be an interesting look at the state of affairs over the last two years.
How do you make people want to know more before you start a topicI’m going to pitch this from the teacher does the work POV but you could just as easily work the idea into student projects based around lines or facts.? I liked this whole series done for Science World by Rethink Communications. Think of this idea as visual pre-reading. The posters get you curious. Curiosity is good. I’d like to make a series before starting novels and post them around the room. It’d work nicely for history as well. The key, in both cases, is to focus on what would capture the interest of your students and make a strong connection to something they do like and understandNote to self- There’s a big difference between making something less sucky and actually making it interesting.. It’s likely you and your English teacher friends are not like most people. You’re going to like oblique references to Kafka- your students, not so much. Remember to think about things normal people like. This is another reason it’s good to know your students and to pay attention to the many realms outside of education. A quick mock up of a poster for Romeo and Juliet. Rationale – Remember this isn’t meant to strictly portray what happens in the play but to get students […]
Something simple and silly I did back in the day to emphasize the strength of the leadership of the Continental Army. Trying to make visual connections and keep people interested through humor. I’m reminiscing some about my days teaching 6th grade and as I find things that I still likeThere’s not a whole lot I still like. I look at a lot of it with disgust and sorrow. I wish I could do it again knowing what I now know, you know- and that’s half the battle. I plan to post them. Not that they’re particularly useful to others but it helps me keep track and who knows what it might inspire.
I’m working more closely with some of our elementary specialists this year. It’s been a good while since I worked with this age group. I’m pretty excited the potential to do some interesting things. Measurement is a big issue for our students in elementary. It spans math and science standards and kids are not connecting it with their lives. I’m playing around with some graphic ways to get students engaged. When I tried this out with my own kids (ages 9, 7, 5) they all really wanted to know how big the dog was. I realize it’s not the best sample but they aren’t shy if they don’t like things. I don’t know that will stick with an apple as the visual reference object. I’d like it to be something they have in their hands at the time and on a regular basis.A pencil might work but I wonder about it changing size as it’s sharpened. I hope to encourage a lot of measuring against their own bodies. My kids like that- holding their hands up to where on their body the dog’s head would be. It might also be interesting to run a number line down the wall and have kids move to the numbers to indicate guesses, kid of a kinesthetic graphing exercise. I am pretty sure I […]