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Miracles of Technology

Today I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class from Blairsburg, Iowa.  This was my first time skyping with a class in Iowa andthis was Mrs. Jody Kelley’s students first time skyping.

This is such a remarkable class with a remarkable teacher.  Mrs. Jody Kelley met another teacher from Dublin, Ireland and the students have been using Twitter to learn about each other.  The class in Dublin sent a package containing items from Ireland.  Inside of the box was chocolate, tea, crisps (also known as chips), and a school jumper (also known as a sweatshirt).  Through this amazing interaction the students have been able to grow their knowledge in Geography and time zones.

Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class is planning on sending peanut butter and maple syrup because the student’s in Dublin have never heard of it before.  First however, the students need to find out if peanut butter and maple syrup can be sent over.  So, there is a little bit of research that needs to be done before they can make that happen.  Also, Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class got a donation of a build a bear and they are going to send that over with a school sweatshirt on it.  Before they send it, they are going to take a  picture of their own bear with the sweatshirt/jumper from Dublin.

The students in Mrs. Jody Kelley’s class love to read.  If you want to find out a good title of book, then this is the class to go to.  They are not only knowledgeable, but they have tried out a wide range of authors.  They suggested title like Deep, Dark and Dangerous, Amulet, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and A-Z mysteries.

Today I introduced the class to a new series called Conspiracy 365.  This is a set of 12 books that is a high action packed thriller.  The father is on his way to discovering a major family secret that will be worth millions of dollars.  Unfortunately, the father dies and his son has 365 days to figure it out.  Check out the trailer to this series.  You will be hooked just like I am.  Each book gets you closer to figuring out the secret.  I am currently on May.

Here is my version of a book trailer below.  Enjoy!

How Not Being Able to Read Makes People Feel Less Than

Holes (novel)

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On Friday, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Mr. Snyder’s class in Dalmatia, PA.  He was the teacher last year that motivated his students to learn their spelling words, by putting money into a jar to buy a goat for a family in Africa.  They met their goal last year and were able to buy two goats.

Mr. Snyder is now teaching 4th grade and he has 11 of the same students that he had 2 years ago.  Those parents must be so excited.  Did you know that it can take a new teacher up to 3 months to figure out how a child can learn effectively?  Well, Mr. Snyder will not be needing to go through the learning curve with half of his students.

These amazing students are listening to the book Holes in their class.  Mr. Snyder had invited me into his classroom via Skype to read chapters 17 and 18 to his students.   Some of his students had prepared a summary of the book and information about the characters before I read to them.  They told me about the characters Stanley, Armpit, and Zero.

In chapter 18 Zero is looking over Stanley’s arm as he is writing a letter to his family and tells Zero, who he feels is a nothing, to stop doing that.  Zero asks Stanley if he can teach him to read, because he doesn’t know how to.  Stanley refuses because his life is just too busy digging holes and he doesn’t want to take the time to help him.

This part of the book made me reflect on how children who struggle with reading really do feel about themselves.  They feel less than, like everyone else is better than they are, and stupid.  Louis Sachar did a great job when developing the character of Zero, because it helps us understand about how people’s self concept of themselves shapes who they are.  Zero feels like a zero and a nothing and all he is asking for is a little help.

We don’t want our children feeling this way.  So, if your child is struggling, the help them now before their self concept becomes too low and the gap continues to get bigger for him/her.  Click on the video and hear an excerpt from this chapter.

 

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