Sunday, October 21, 2012

Identity Map

Allowing students to create an identity map at the beginning of the year can help them to incorporate pictures and words to better describe themselves. Teachers can get a better understanding of what things, people, and important traits/characteristics the students deem important enough to include in their map. It would be interesting to have them do this at the beginning and the end of the year. In the picture above, I have provide my own identity map to share as an example :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Violence vs. Peace

Lately, I have read and researched books about bullying for middle/high school students. I am really surprised at all of the books about school shootings. Some of them explain the events that led to actual school shootings, others interview children at the school, and others are purely fictional. I can't say I "enjoy" reading these books. There are so many types of bullying that could be addressed in children's literature. For the most part, I have found books that leave the main character (who is bullied) depressed to the point of suicide or outraged to the point of bringing a gun to school. What about all the emotions in between? What about the rest of the students that support and encourage the bullying? What about the students, teachers, and other adults who don't step in to say something or help the child/children being bullied?

In my opinion, character development, anger management, and coping with people in general, should be required social skills taught in every classroom, in every lesson, and at every grade level.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace begins with a smile~Mother Teresa

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind~ Gandhi

Monday, July 2, 2012


Last night I introduced Goodreads to my daughter. She spent 30 minutes rating books and was eager to add and rate all the books she has read. During the summer we have her read at least 30 minutes each day. To my surprise, she started reading Nancy Drew books yesterday.

Goodreads allows members to rate and review books they've read. In doing so, the site makes suggestions to books you may like based on previous books you've read and reviewed.

I thought this would be a great idea for children, as well as adults. Today, she is going to call her friends to invite them to join the site too so they can recommend books to each other, take quizzes on the books they've read, and start their own book discussions.

I didn't know young children could join this site so I was pleasantly surprised to learn they can! This is a great way to keep children excited and eager to read more, share their ideas, and quiz themselves on their reading comprehension!