“You have a story to tell”

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…

NCTE National Convention 2013

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

Using QR codes

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! visualead icon

Check this out by scanning the QR code:

Depth Complexity Content Imperitive QR scan