As part of my final gifted endorsement class and in response to colleague education needs I created this informative presentation on gifted students.
NCTE 2013 was an incredible experience! Today as I open the packages of books that I had to have shipped back home I am reliving the experience. If only I could have stayed longer… next year I will!
So Friday morning I had the privilege of attending a very special breakfast in honor of Donald Graves’ memory. The more I learn about this remarkable man the more inspired I become. I was first introduced to him through Lucy Calkins when I attended a workshop she gave. I can’t remember the year and didn’t know it at the time, but it was the beginning of a shift in my thinking as a writing teacher. At the breakfast I was surrounded by so many amazing Heinemann teacher-authors whose books line my shelves, sit next to my bed, and are stacked on my tables. I didn’t get to meet them directly but did get to hear their tribute to Mr. Graves. I was in awe. And I hope someday to continue Donald Graves’ remarkable legacy through continuing his work. I love listening and reading the stories my students have to tell.
Many thanks to the folks at Heinemann for inviting me and giving me the inspiration to share my story…
I am SO excited to be heading to Boston in a few short days to attend the NCTE National Convention! While this will be a wonderful networking and learning experience for me, I am going to receive the 2013 Donald H. Graves Award for the Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Aside from being a HUGE honor, the entire process gave me a huge opportunity to be reflective as a teacher. The day I stop looking for ways to “get better” is the day I need to be removed from the classroom. So here is my reflective essay: 2013 NCTE Graves Writing Award Essay-H.Weber Even more powerful are the student work samples I gathered: Student analysis of writing with samples
As I was enjoying some reading of other teachers’ blogs, I came across a post about using QR codes. http://helloliteracy.blogspot.com/
So this got me thinking…what a fantastic opportunity! I have learned that if I put it “on a screen” kids become more invested and excited. And so that is when the wheels started turning. What if I put QR codes into books for students to scan thought provoking questions as they read? How cool would that be?
That is when the experimenting began. And I came upon www.Visualead.com which offers the MOST amazing QR code generator! You can create codes with colorful images. Anytime I connect color and an image, the connection to memory is stronger and more powerful. A HUGE thanks to my new friend Nevo at Visualead for helping me get the support to let my creativity take off! More to come as I start to launch some amazing projects using QR codes from Visualead!
Check this out by scanning the QR code: