2014-15 Symbols Board

For many years, I’ve been asking my students to share themselves with me and their classmates through a collage activity that I make into a bulletin board. They make the card with at least one symbol that represents themselves, then present the card to the class as an introduction. A lot of them get very colorful and creative!

If you’d like to see older versions, here are a few:
2009-10
2008-09 (and the most creative card winners that year)
2007-08

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Fahrenheit 451 Tweets

I used Storify to pull together a bunch of tweets about the novel my AD English 9 students are currently reading. This is the first time I’ve used Storify, but I’ve seen it a lot, especially in bundling tweets following a discussion.

I’m thinking about working this into an assignment, maybe requiring certain hashtags for me to follow: #Fahrenheit451, #RayBradbury, #mrshawke. I’ve had students creating tweet-like posts in writing before, but I’ve never used Twitter as an assignment. One issue would be that a Twitter account is not a class requirement. (Do teachers do that? Probably.) I’m pretty sure most of my students have Twitter accounts, though; I will be asking soon.

Basically, once you set up an account, you just search for content from various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. When you see something you want to include in your story, you click and drag it over. You can also click to make text boxes in between the pictures, videos, tweets, etc.

Storify has many options, so I’m going to post a few different versions to see how they work.


This is what Storify calls the “Full Header Story”:


This is the “Mini Header Story”:


This is the “Full Header Grid with a border”:


And this is the “Mini Header Slideshow”:


I’m not sure why the “full header” examples are not showing all of the content, but only the tweets that contained pictures. I guess I have some investigation to do.

I think I like the “Mini Header Story” best. What do you think?

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Class Discussion – 6th Period

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMMENT.
1. Click on the post title above to go to the page where you will be able to comment.
2. Scroll down to the comment section.
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the comment box, type in your response to the prompt:
Should George Washington High School require students to wear a school uniform?
Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are six qualities that your comment should have.

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR REPLY.
1. After others have posted their comments to the discussion prompt, read through them and find one that you can respond to.
2. Under his or her name, click on “Reply.”
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the large box, type in your reply to your classmate’s comment. Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are five qualities that your reply should have.

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Class Discussion – 5th Period

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMMENT.
1. Click on the post title above to go to the page where you will be able to comment.
2. Scroll down to the comment section.
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the comment box, type in your response to the prompt:
Should George Washington High School require students to wear a school uniform?
Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are six qualities that your comment should have.

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR REPLY.
1. After others have posted their comments to the discussion prompt, read through them and find one that you can respond to.
2. Under his or her name, click on “Reply.”
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the large box, type in your reply to your classmate’s comment. Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are five qualities that your reply should have.

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Class Discussion – 3rd Period

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMMENT.
1. Click on the post title above to go to the page where you will be able to comment.
2. Scroll down to the comment section.
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the comment box, type in your response to the prompt:
Should George Washington High School require students to wear a school uniform?
Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are six qualities that your comment should have.

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR REPLY.
1. After others have posted their comments to the discussion prompt, read through them and find one that you can respond to.
2. Under his or her name, click on “Reply.”
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the large box, type in your reply to your classmate’s comment. Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are five qualities that your reply should have.

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Class Discussion – 2nd Period

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMMENT.
1. Click on the post title above to go to the page where you will be able to comment.
2. Scroll down to the comment section.
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the comment box, type in your response to the prompt:
Should George Washington High School require students to wear a school uniform?
Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are six qualities that your comment should have.

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR REPLY.
1. After others have posted their comments to the discussion prompt, read through them and find one that you can respond to.
2. Under his or her name, click on “Reply.”
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the large box, type in your reply to your classmate’s comment. Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are five qualities that your reply should have.

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Class Discussion – 1st Period

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR COMMENT.
1. Click on the post title above to go to the page where you will be able to comment.
2. Scroll down to the comment section.
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the comment box, type in your response to the prompt:
Should George Washington High School require students to wear a school uniform?
Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are six qualities that your comment should have.

DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR REPLY.
1. After others have posted their comments to the discussion prompt, read through them and find one that you can respond to.
2. Under his or her name, click on “Reply.”
3. Type in your first name and last initial. (Do not use your full name here!)
4. Type in your email address.
5. In the large box, type in your reply to your classmate’s comment. Be sure to use your rubric as a guide! There are five qualities that your reply should have.

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GWHS Planning Calendar 2013-14

I’m going to resist the urge to explain the multitude of reasons for my extended absence from this website and to apologize for the multitude of emails and posts I haven’t responded to … and go ahead and post the new calendar I made for my school: George Washington High School in the Danville (VA) Public Schools.

So … We’re moving to a new schedule this year, going from a 7-period day to an 8-class A-B block (with rotating A and B days, each with four classes). Before, each class was 48 minutes, and we generally had 26-30 classes per grading period. This year, classes will be 95 minutes each, and we will have only 13-15 instructional days per grading period.

This will probably be my framework, with a nod toward the opening-work-closing model.


I wish I could post a DOC version that is editable, but I made it using OpenOffice, which will only export PDFs. I’ll see what I can do about conversion at school this week. For now, download the ODT if you use OpenOffice (and feel free to change to suit your needs). Otherwise, you can print the PDF and write on it.

If you want to print copies to write on or simply use as a reference, I suggest the PDF version. If you want to try to type your info, use the DOC, but be aware that I converted the calendar to a Word DOC (from OpenOffice Writer’s ODT) online and haven’t been able to check it on a copy of Word…please let me know if you experience issues.

**The careful proofreading award goes to Randy, who pointed out that November 8 is NOT a half day. Thanks a bunch, Randy! (Aiieeee…my old foe copy/paste got me again!!!!!)

Downloads:

  1. 2013-14 GWHS Calendar DOC (10 pages – Microsoft Word)
  2. 2013-14 GWHS Calendar PDF (10 pages – Adobe Reader)
  3. 2013-14 GWHS Calendar ODT (10 pages – OpenOffice)

Features:

  1. Holidays are marked and greyed out.
  2. Last days of grading periods are marked. (“SW3 ends” = the last day of the 3rd six weeks)
  3. A/B days are marked and numbered. (“A3-6″ = the 6th A day of the 3rd six weeks)

I also made a file that shows the dates in grading period tables. I wanted to know exactly how many A and B days there were in each six-weeks to check myself on the calendar. If you could use it, here’s a PDF of it: A-B Days (3 pages).

And here’s the district calendar, downloaded from the website: DPS 2013-14 Traditional Calendar.

Let me know what you think!

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