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SusanR:
hope we get a crowd
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SusanR:
Welcome Karla
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KaraLM:
Hi!!
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DevetteG:
Hello Kara!!!
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SusanR:
Welcome Devette
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KaraLM:
I'm excited- I've been wanting to come to one
of your sessions, but I kept having timing conflicts.
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KaraLM:
hey Devette!
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DevetteG:
Hello Ms. Susan!!
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KaraLM:
Thanks for the tip Jeff!
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SusanR:
Glad you are here
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SusanR:
I invited Jen Wagner
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SusanR:
from Technospud
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SusanR:
as well
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KaraLM:
What is Technospud?
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SusanR:
I will explain, Karla
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SusanR:
during the session
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KaraLM:
thanks, I was just hoping I wasn't missing
something!
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SusanR:
not missing a thing
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KimberlyNg: Hi, is this for the Writing Fun session?
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SusanR
claps for Jen
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SusanR:
you got my twitter, Jen
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SusanR:
I do hope she returns
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BjB: |** ANNOUNCEMENT: The K-3+ Great Resources discussion
is starting in the Comfy Conference Room. The topic is Writing. To participate
type /join SusanR **|
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SusanR:
Bj
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SusanR:
Can you steer Jen here. please
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BJB2 nods
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SusanR:
Hi Jen
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SusanR:
You did get my twitter
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JenW: Today??
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SusanR:
fabulous
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JenW: a few days ago -- yes
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SusanR:
well let's get started
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SusanR:
with some brief intros
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SusanR:
so we can gear the session to your needs
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BJB2: a reminder if you are new to Tapped In to go to the
Actions menu in the top right of the chat and click on DETACH
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DevetteG:
My name is Devette and im currently student
teaching in Kindergarten.
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CourtneyP: Hi I am Courtney and I am student teaching in
first grade.
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KimberlyNg: My name is Kim and I'm student teaching in

third grade.
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BJB2: good, Esmeralda. We've just started introductions
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KaraLM:
I am Kara and am student teaching in
Kindergarten
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SusanR:
I am Sue Roseman, moderator of the K to 3+
Great Resources sessions and Ocasional Teacher ..recently grade 4/5
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JenW: I am Jennifer and I am on the Network Support/Help
Desk team at my school
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SusanR:
I was mentioning Technospud..that's Jen
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JenW: that is me
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BJB2 cheers for Jen
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JenW: ty
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EsmeraldaS: Hi! I am Esmeralda working toward my masters in
Reading
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SusanR:
Jen is quite a busy lady..just moved..is the
queen of online collaborative projects for elementary students; offers many
workshops all over the country and facilitates the WOW2 group ..which starts in
less than an hour
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SusanR:
so this evening's agenda is .."The agenda will
focus on some writing enhancements ie cursive writing and why we need to bring
formal writing classes back, using "butt balls"... excuse me exercise balls in the
classroom. Some great sites such as "Writing Fix' and Jenny Eather's site will be
featured. I will be mentioning Jennifer Wagner's collaborative online holiday card
exchange project which you may wish to join... a super way to seamlessly integrate
and weave tech into your curriculum"
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JenW: actually moving in 17 days -- but LOL, who is
counting
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SusanR:
I see so you have time for us
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JenW: grins -- of course
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SusanR:
How much time can you spend with us, Jen
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JenW: I have about 20 minutes or so
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SusanR:
so we will skip over to you and start the
session with your holiday card project..I am handing the stage over to you
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JenW: Ahhh well thank you
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JenW: Sue wanted me to share with you a bit about my
upcoming December project
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JenW: it is a "Snail" mail project -- with a tie in to
Google Earth, or Google Maps
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JenW: but if you don't have either at your school
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JenW: that is still okay because you can just use a MAP
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JenW: wall map
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JenW: Right now we almost have 400 schools enrolled from
all over the US and Canada
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JenW: and New Zealand.
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KaraLM:
I'm sorry, I was disconnected!
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JenW: and each group will consist of 25 classrooms
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JenW: so basically - you will be sending HOLIDAY cards,
Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc to 24 classrooms (1 card per classroom)
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JenW: and then receive 24 cards in return
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SusanR
. o O ( I have the link handy btw )
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JenW: which you can then MAP on Google Map, Google Earth,
or a Wall Map
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JenW:
http://www.technospudprojects.com/Projects/holidaycardexchange/instructions.htm

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JenW: grins
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JenW: so do I
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SusanR:
of course, Jen
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JenW: anyway -- it is a very easy project to join
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JenW: allows your kids to be creative in making cards
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KaraLM:
very cool!
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CourtneyP: I love the idea!
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KimberlyNg: This sounds really great!
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JenW: as well as do GEOGRAPHY
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JenW: and it would be great if you join us
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DevetteG:
This is cool!!
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KimberlyNg: My kids are already addicted to Google Earth,
they will love this.
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JenW: Yes, it is great fun
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JenW: we are sending KMZ's to each other
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SusanR:
Welcome Helen
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CourtneyP: My kids love making greeting cards!
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EsmeraldaS: Very interesting
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JenW: SO if you want to join -- registration ends on
November 21
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JenW: or 500 whichever comes first
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HelenK:
looks like I missed something good :)
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JenW: and we are at 350
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EsmeraldaS: Great!
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KaraLM:
wow- that's awesome!
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JenW: thanks
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JenW: you are more than welcome to join
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JenW: I would love for you to be a part
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JenW: and please check out www.technospudprojects.com
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JenW: for the 2007/2008 projects
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JenW: we have some great projects planned for 2008
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KimberlyNg: Cute website
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JenW: ty
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KaraLM:
very cool- I would love to join as soon as I
get my own classroom!
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JenW: that would be great karlaL
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DevetteG:
Me too!!
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DevetteG:
I will let other teachers know as well.
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JenW: goodie -- DevetteG
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SusanR
. o O ( lots of great print rand teacher
resources with all of Jen's projects as well )
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JenW: anyway -- please consider joining up
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CourtneyP: I am definately going to do it!
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JenW: excellent
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JenW: Yes,
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KimberlyNg: I think I will be able to do this with my
class.
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JenW: there are standards
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JenW: and ideas
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JenW: and you get a cert of participation too
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KaraLM:
absolutely- combining writing, letters, social
connections, and geography- perfect!
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JenW: grins -- to hang on your wall
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JenW: YEP
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KimberlyNg smiles
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JenW: and sharing about your school, or your city, or your
state

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registrations
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us from Houston!
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Exchange
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JenW: last year we had 328
DevetteG:
That is cool!!
JenW: this year, I hope for 500
KimberlyNg: Why is it that Texas is on the waiting list?
JenW: Texas just overwhelmed me with registrations
JenW: I try to have 1 state per group
JenW: right now, I could put 4 in each
JenW: but no worries
JenW: I am making new groups -- as I can
JenW: right now, there are 16 groups
JenW: so I might need to double up Texas on groups
JenW smiles
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SusanR:
How about California, Jen..lots of
KaraLM:

especially after this group- with at least 4 of

SusanR:
Welcome Lynne
JenW: Not so much
KimberlyNg . o O ( yay! )
JenW: CA
JenW: Hello Houston!!!
KaraLM:
hi!
LynneW
waves hello
DevetteG
waves
CourtneyP: Hello! = )
KimberlyNg waves
SusanR:
Lynne we are chatting about the a Holiday Card
JenW salutes Houston
SusanR:

http://www.technospudprojects.com/Projects/holidaycardexchange/instructions.htm
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JenW: how far is Houston from San Antonio??
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CourtneyP: About 3 hours driving.
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EsmeraldaS: Hi! Houston, I used to live in Houston
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JenW: NECC is in San Antonio this coming July
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JenW: you should all try to come
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CourtneyP: Very cool!
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JenW: stop by and say Hello
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KimberlyNg: Oh, that sounds really interesting.
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KaraLM:
I heard that it is an awesome conference- I'll
have to look it up!
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JenW: it is a great conference -- if you are into TECH
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EsmeraldaS: Sounds good
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KimberlyNg: I am :)
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DevetteG:
Me too!!
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JenW: grins -- of course you are -- YOU ARE HERE!! :)
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DevetteG:
How do register for it?
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JenW: anyway -- please come and join in the fun
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JenW: for NECC??
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KimberlyNg:
http://center.uoregon.edu/ISTE/NECC2008/registration/
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JenW: or the project??
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EsmeraldaS smiles
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DevetteG:
NECC
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JenW: there you go -- thanks Kim
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KimberlyNg: That's for NECC

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KimberlyNg: You're welcome
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JenW: you can volunteer
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JenW: and get a cheaper rate
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DevetteG:
Thanks Kim!!
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KimberlyNg: You're welcome
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KaraLM:
Thanks!
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JenW: its great fun to volunteer
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JenW: especially if you are good with computers
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JenW: you can help out in the hands on classes
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EsmeraldaS: I need to volunteer
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DevetteG:
Sounds fun!!
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JenW: you do -- it is an easy way to save $$$
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KaraLM:
very nice!
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KimberlyNg: Yeah, it's pricey...
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JenW: but help out with volunteering
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JenW: you get a t-shirt too :)
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KimberlyNg smiles
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EsmeraldaS: Yes, it's priceless
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JenW: any how
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JenW: I need to go get ready for wow
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SusanR:
Jen, you must consider presenting at a
conference here in Toronto, Ontario, ECOO in May ...
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JenW: check out http://www.womenofweb2.com
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SusanR:
http://www.ecoo.org/
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JenW: Susan -- that would be great
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SusanR:
It's our major conference
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JenW: I shall have to tel lyou later about my ONE
experience with teaching in Canada later
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SusanR:
Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Jen
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JenW: thanks for letting me
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JenW: this was FUN
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CourtneyP: Thanks Jen!
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SusanR:
See you at WOW
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KimberlyNg: Bye Jen!
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JenW: enjoy TEACHING!!
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DevetteG:
Thanks
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KaraLM:
bye!! Thank you!!
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SusanR:
now on with the rest of the session
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SusanR:
I wanted you to look at one article ..which I
think elates to children's reluctance to write or enjoy writing
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SusanR:
tell us what you think
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SusanR:
http://www.canada.com/topics/technology/story.html?id=64c3042a-e26f-467fadca-2f144c69636c&k=42224
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SusanR:
Welcome Courtney
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CourtneyP: Sorry, I had an issue with popups.
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SusanR:
I notice the grade 4 and 5 class I was in
..there was a reluctance to write creatively and I wonder if this was the cause
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SusanR:
http://www.canada.com/topics/technology/story.html?id=64c3042a-e26f-467fadca-2f144c69636c&k=42224
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SusanR:
what are your thoughts
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DevetteG:
I agree with the atricle. Some teachers say
they do not have time.

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SusanR
. o O ( by the end of grade two all my students
wrote in cursive )
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KimberlyNg: I think it's appalling how teachers do not
think it's important.
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KimberlyNg: The school I'm teaching at, the fourth grade
student teacher said that the students still have trouble with cursive.
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SusanR:
bring back formal writing/printing classes!!
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KimberlyNg: I think she meant the basics.
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CourtneyP: I completely agree with the article.
Handwriting is extrmely important and it is being ignored on the classroom.
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KimberlyNg: In my class tomorrow, we're actually doing
cursive tomorrow.
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KimberlyNg: letters e, l, o, and c
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CourtneyP: I remembering doing hours of handwriting a week
when I was in grade school.
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CourtneyP: We used to write cursive in 3rd grade, but I
talked to a friend that they are just starting to teach it in 4th!
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DevetteG:
Me too!! It's like we had to know how to write
on crusive.
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KimberlyNg: I don't really remember learning cursive, but I
remember being praised if my handwriting was very neat.
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SusanR:
last word on this topic
http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/05/06/in_digital_age_more_ts_ar
e_crossed_poorly/
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CourtneyP: Cursive was very important and we HAD to write
with it and were rewarded if it was good handwriting.
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EsmeraldaS: I agree, handwriting has lost it's focus
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SusanR:
and this may help with writing as well
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SusanR:
http://www.smm.org/buzz/blog/keep_your_butt_on_the_ball_classrooms_are_ditching_ch
airs_f
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KaraLM:
My observing teacher in 4th grade only wrote in
cursive to her students as a way to help them learn it, but their parents just got
mad and sent notes saying, "My student does not know this. he can't read it!"
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KimberlyNg: I think it is very important for the students
to see the teacher having fun with cursive and writing in general.
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CourtneyP: I think it is being ignored because teachers
are losing the time in the classroom, but then they get mad at students if they
have bad handwriting.
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SusanR:
good grief, Karla
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KimberlyNg: My teacher calls herself the "Cursive Queen"
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KaraLM:
yep...
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CourtneyP: Good for her!
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KimberlyNg: The kids absolutely love it!
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DevetteG:
I agree!!
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EsmeraldaS: I agree, Kimberly
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CourtneyP: What does she do differently?
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KimberlyNg: Are you asking me Courtney?
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CourtneyP: yes.
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CourtneyP: = )
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SusanR:
to move on ...anyone using exercise balls or
has anyone seen them in use in classes
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KimberlyNg: She has her "magic wand" which is a pointer
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DevetteG:
No ma'am!!
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CourtneyP: No not at all.
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KaraLM:
I have not- but that sounds kind of cool!
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KimberlyNg: She uses lots of verbal praise

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KimberlyNg: She just makes a big deal
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KimberlyNg: and encourages it a lot
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CourtneyP: Cool.
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EsmeraldaS: No
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KimberlyNg: I've never seen it used in a classroom.
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EsmeraldaS: Great
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SusanR:
students have an option between using a ball or
a chair. Invariably, balls are more popular than chairs
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KaraLM:
i bet & it is a great idea!
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CourtneyP: They sit on the balls?
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SusanR:
One second-grade student is quoted in a recent
newspaper story as saying wiggling around helps her think better.
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KimberlyNg: Does it help them with handwriting?
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KimberlyNg: Oh, like a tapping pen.
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KaraLM:
it allows them to move, which most of them
need, and helps them get exercise without knowing it!
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CourtneyP: Children are so active these days I am sure it
would work.
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SusanR:
Welcome John..we are debating the use of
exercise balls
2007.11.13 17:35:16
KaraLM:
ooo-- good connection Kimberly!
2007.11.13 17:35:25
SusanR:
as classroom chairs or seating
2007.11.13 17:35:26
KimberlyNg: Thanks Kara :)
2007.11.13 17:35:37
KimberlyNg: I think that if a teacher has great classroom
management, it can be done.
2007.11.13 17:35:44
JohnRR:
Thanks---will view a while and tryto catch up
2007.11.13 17:35:46
EsmeraldaS: Sounds like fun!, using creative teaching tec
hniques is the key
2007.11.13 17:35:49
KaraLM:
totally!!
2007.11.13 17:35:55
HelenK:
I believe it also helps them with their
coordination and balance
2007.11.13 17:35:56
DevetteG:
You are right Kim!!
2007.11.13 17:35:58
KimberlyNg: If he/she discusses the rules and they know it,
I don't see how it can be a problem.
2007.11.13 17:36:08
SusanR:
for John
2007.11.13 17:36:08
KaraLM:
and after few fun days, they will become
normal!
2007.11.13 17:36:09
SusanR:
http://www.smm.org/buzz/blog/keep_your_butt_on_the_ball_classrooms_are_ditching_ch
airs_f
2007.11.13 17:36:14
CourtneyP: I think it could also be used for a reward.
2007.11.13 17:36:24
KimberlyNg: Or punishment, if they abuse it.
2007.11.13 17:36:27
EsmeraldaS: I agree, Kimberly, good classroom management is
also key
2007.11.13 17:36:32
CourtneyP: True. = )
2007.11.13 17:37:18
EsmeraldaS: Right
2007.11.13 17:37:34
DevetteG:
I'm going to have to try this one day.
2007.11.13 17:37:42
KimberlyNg: If the students use it everyday, it will just
be a seat to them.
2007.11.13 17:37:45
DevetteG:
It seems very interesting.
2007.11.13 17:37:49
EsmeraldaS: Right Cornery it could also be used for a
reward
2007.11.13 17:38:12
KimberlyNg: I wonder if any of the collaborating school use
this.
2007.11.13 17:38:23
CourtneyP: I think this is an awesome idea, I never would
have thought about it.

2007.11.13 17:38:33
DevetteG:
At least they can't lean back they have the
proper posture too.
2007.11.13 17:38:38
SusanR:
exercise balls could be the wave of the future
in classrooms of tomorrow
2007.11.13 17:38:58
CourtneyP: I think this is great for posture, they have to
sit up.
2007.11.13 17:39:02
KaraLM:
I wonder how hard it would be to implement- if
the districts or principals would have problems with it.
2007.11.13 17:39:15
DevetteG:
That is my concern too.
2007.11.13 17:39:25
KimberlyNg: I'm sure they would do a trial run with some
classes first.
2007.11.13 17:39:29
KimberlyNg: Just to test it out
2007.11.13 17:39:30
EsmeraldaS: I wonder that also
2007.11.13 17:39:34
CourtneyP: It would be a nice grant.
2007.11.13 17:39:39
KimberlyNg: It would.
2007.11.13 17:39:46
DevetteG:
I hope they would give it a try.
2007.11.13 17:39:48
SusanR:
exactly..this could be debated!!!
2007.11.13 17:39:51
EsmeraldaS: Right
2007.11.13 17:39:56
KimberlyNg: At what grade would they use this?
2007.11.13 17:40:05
JohnRR:
Slightly same subject---I attended a speaker
once who claimed that today's children learned more from games tham any other form
of learning and to not discount stuff like video games
2007.11.13 17:40:12
KimberlyNg: I couldn't imagine my kindergartners using
this.
2007.11.13 17:40:17
SusanR:
I would start as early as grade 1 or 2
2007.11.13 17:40:26
KaraLM:
that is true John!
2007.11.13 17:40:31
CourtneyP: No, they would be all over the place.
2007.11.13 17:40:41
DevetteG:
I agree Courtney.
2007.11.13 17:40:43
CourtneyP: Kim and I know we are at the same school.
2007.11.13 17:40:48
KimberlyNg: Haha
2007.11.13 17:40:52
EsmeraldaS: I agree, they learn more, when they have hands
on
2007.11.13 17:41:00
SusanR:
Let's delve into one of two GRREAT sites I have
to stimulate learning
2007.11.13 17:41:01
JohnRR:
what I find is that kids no longer listen to
how it's done----the WATCH how its done
2007.11.13 17:41:04
CourtneyP: I think it would be great for 2nd and up.
2007.11.13 17:41:10
KaraLM:
if you teach them how, it could work- and the
chairs in the picture look like they have feet on the bottom
2007.11.13 17:41:18
DevetteG:
I saw that.
2007.11.13 17:41:24
CourtneyP: My first graders are not ready for something
like this.
2007.11.13 17:41:26
SusanR:
great ideas Karla
2007.11.13 17:41:34
KimberlyNg: That's true John, they are so absorbed when a
TV is on.
2007.11.13 17:41:47
CourtneyP: I agree.
2007.11.13 17:42:10
KimberlyNg: They lack listening skills, but I think it also
has to do with how enthusiastic the teacher is.
2007.11.13 17:42:10
KaraLM:
thanks susan!
2007.11.13 17:42:25
JohnRR:
The power of video is tremendous with these
youngsters----MUCH more so than in my day
2007.11.13 17:42:41
DevetteG:
I agree with Kim. You have to make learning
fun.
2007.11.13 17:42:48
KimberlyNg: I think because it is so easy to get ahold of.
2007.11.13 17:43:12
SusanR:
Can I direct you to a Writing Fun site which
will "make learning fun"
2007.11.13 17:43:19
KaraLM:
yay!
2007.11.13 17:43:20
KimberlyNg: Yes please :).

2007.11.13 17:43:23
DevetteG:
Yes ma'am!!
2007.11.13 17:43:27
EsmeraldaS: Kids of today need to be more physically active
2007.11.13 17:43:28
CourtneyP: Please!
2007.11.13 17:43:28
JohnRR:
So if video is how they learn----I say dont
fight t----games too----or wiggly balls---if it works go with it
2007.11.13 17:43:40
SusanR:
Take a look at this site and see if you can
find the Writing Fun area
2007.11.13 17:43:43
KimberlyNg: Definitely.
2007.11.13 17:43:51
SusanR:
http://www.rainforestmaths.com/
2007.11.13 17:44:10
SusanR
. o O ( not that apparent )
2007.11.13 17:44:11
KimberlyNg: I think that the teacher would have to balance
the tools he/she uses though. Too much of one thing can become dull.
2007.11.13 17:44:17
DevetteG:
I love this website i used it with my 3rd
graders
2007.11.13 17:44:18
EsmeraldaS: Coordination is the key
2007.11.13 17:44:32
KaraLM:
found it!
2007.11.13 17:44:49
KimberlyNg: Wow.
2007.11.13 17:44:54
KimberlyNg: My teacher is going to love this.
2007.11.13 17:44:56
SusanR:
part of Jenny Eather's Rainforest Math site
2007.11.13 17:45:01
CourtneyP: Very cool!
2007.11.13 17:45:14
DevetteG:
She also has a math dictionary
2007.11.13 17:45:17
KimberlyNg: My kids love it when we do online math games
rather than writing it on paper.
2007.11.13 17:45:25
KimberlyNg: I like it because it makes them think faster.
2007.11.13 17:45:28
SusanR:
we delt with the math areas last month in two
sessions; please see the transcripts for a detailed chat
2007.11.13 17:45:29
KimberlyNg: Gets them on their feet
2007.11.13 17:46:10
KimberlyNg: Thanks for this site Susan!
2007.11.13 17:46:28
CourtneyP: Thanks Susan, I will definitely use it!
2007.11.13 17:46:40
SusanR:
Have you noticed the "Writing Fun" area. It can
be missed
2007.11.13 17:46:47
CourtneyP: Yes.
2007.11.13 17:47:05
KimberlyNg: I got distracted by multiplication :)
2007.11.13 17:47:16
KaraLM:
Yes- & entered!
2007.11.13 17:47:25
JohnRR:
Bottom right----easy to miss....
2007.11.13 17:47:39
SusanR:
There text organizers to help students in the
writing process; graphic organizers ..grade 3 to 8
2007.11.13 17:47:39
EsmeraldaS: Great
2007.11.13 17:48:02
SusanR:
Bottom right, correct
2007.11.13 17:48:03
KaraLM:
I like the text organizers!
2007.11.13 17:48:28
DevetteG:
Awesome!!!
2007.11.13 17:48:35
SusanR:
It's an interactive site that allows teachers
and students to create layouts and organise different sorts of texts.
2007.11.13 17:48:45
KimberlyNg: This is so great!
2007.11.13 17:48:54
KimberlyNg: This is definitely going to help in the
classroom.
2007.11.13 17:49:05
SusanR:
There's an online graphic organiser for
writing!!
2007.11.13 17:49:06
CourtneyP: I agree Kim.
2007.11.13 17:49:14
KimberlyNg: Courtney, I'm so glad we have the SMARTBoard in
the classrooms :).
2007.11.13 17:49:24
CourtneyP: This will help teach it.
2007.11.13 17:49:43
EsmeraldaS: Great, text organizers are essential for
students
2007.11.13 17:49:43
SusanR:
This site should help with the writng process
2007.11.13 17:49:58
KaraLM:
definitely!
2007.11.13 17:50:12
EsmeraldaS: I agree
2007.11.13 17:50:31
KimberlyNg: I like how it has teh outline and tips on the

along side with the example papers.
2007.11.13 17:50:39
DevetteG:
I can use this on the Promeathean Board to show
all my students.
2007.11.13 17:51:01
DevetteG:
Great resource!!
2007.11.13 17:51:08
JohnRR:
Besides the SMARTboard----what kind of
projection capability do you have in your classrooms----projection to all students
is KEY
2007.11.13 17:51:14
SusanR
. o O ( btw the sites are listed on the
WHITEBOARD for thos who just dropped in! )
2007.11.13 17:51:19
EsmeraldaS: This tips will definitely help me in the future
2007.11.13 17:51:32
SusanR:
the whiteboard is just above the chat area
2007.11.13 17:51:35
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CourtneyP: I like the everyday section, you could use it
for the younger ones.
2007.11.13 17:51:47
EsmeraldaS: I agree, John
2007.11.13 17:51:50
KimberlyNg: Projection as in technology?
2007.11.13 17:51:55
KaraLM:
I like the organizers for different types of
writing
2007.11.13 17:52:14
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2007.11.13 17:52:16
JohnRR:
yes---how do you project the computer on a big
screen?
2007.11.13 17:52:27
KimberlyNg: In my class, we have the computers hooked to
the TV
2007.11.13 17:52:35
CourtneyP: we have TVs in the classroom that you can view
whatever is on the computer screen.
2007.11.13 17:52:41
JeffC:
check out "averkey" to do just that.
2007.11.13 17:52:44
KimberlyNg: We don't use that too much though, because the
SMARTBoard is there.
2007.11.13 17:52:56
DevetteG:
In my class we also have Elmo.
2007.11.13 17:53:02
KimberlyNg: What's that?
2007.11.13 17:53:10
KimberlyNg: Oh.
2007.11.13 17:53:20
JohnRR:
so thesmart board approx 4 x 6 is your
"screen"???
2007.11.13 17:53:20
KimberlyNg: We have that at the school, averkey.
2007.11.13 17:53:29
KimberlyNg: Yes
2007.11.13 17:53:37
JohnRR:
Nice
2007.11.13 17:53:37
SusanR
. o O ( these are great tools to stimulate
writing ..whether you are using a smartboard or whatever )
2007.11.13 17:53:56
KaraLM:
what is the other GREAT site you have to make
writing fun?
2007.11.13 17:54:16
SusanR:
I thought you would never ask, Karla
2007.11.13 17:54:22
SusanR:
I saved the best for last
2007.11.13 17:54:31
KaraLM:
=D
2007.11.13 17:54:46
JohnRR:
but to properly use the web----you HAVE to be
able to project it to all students----but I'll shut up now
2007.11.13 17:54:47
DevetteG:
Im sorry but i love technology
2007.11.13 17:54:50
SusanR:
a busy site called Writing Fix
2007.11.13 17:55:03
SusanR:
Undergoing some revision at the moment
2007.11.13 17:55:13
EsmeraldaS: How many projectors does your school have John
2007.11.13 17:55:19
SusanR:
This site provides extensive resources for the
six traits of writing for teachers and students
2007.11.13 17:55:25
KaraLM:
ooo!
2007.11.13 17:55:28
SusanR:
and it’s FREE! Again a very busy site with
ideas galore.
2007.11.13 17:55:40
KimberlyNg: It definitely has a lot.
2007.11.13 17:55:43
SusanR:
Perhaps we can disect thesite and explore
together.
2007.11.13 17:55:47
JohnRR:
68----every room in the school basically

2007.11.13 17:55:51
CourtneyP: I just went to a professional dev. about 6 + 1
traits
2007.11.13 17:55:55
KaraLM:
please!
2007.11.13 17:55:57
SusanR:
http://www.writingfix.com/
2007.11.13 17:56:07
DevetteG:
Me too Courtney
2007.11.13 17:56:16
SusanR:
This site can support 6 + 1 traits
2007.11.13 17:56:26
KaraLM:
it looks a little overwhelming
2007.11.13 17:56:42
JohnRR:
we were a test----to see how well they would be
accepted and used----huge success----now every school in the district wants them
2007.11.13 17:56:43
KimberlyNg: This is great, it so hard sometimes to think of
your own stuff.
2007.11.13 17:56:49
SusanR:
think we need simple activities at the word or
sentence level in order to provide young learners with basic skills and the
opportunity to build up their confidence in writing. Explore the generls site and
please return with one great idea you might use in your clssroom.
2007.11.13 17:56:52
EsmeraldaS: The school where I'm doing my study has only 4
LCD projectors
2007.11.13 17:57:54
SusanR:
I am looking at the clock on the wall ..so we
will look in depth at this site iin part two of this session in two weeks
2007.11.13 17:58:04
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2007.11.13 17:58:06
KimberlyNg: I like the "Interactive Plot Creator".
2007.11.13 17:58:14
KaraLM:
I do too!!!
2007.11.13 17:58:16
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2007.11.13 17:58:17
KimberlyNg smiles
2007.11.13 17:58:19
JohnRR:
There is NO equity----or fairness when it comes
to equipment----learned that in the Army years ago....
2007.11.13 17:58:27
KimberlyNg: It really lets the kids take off, because the
main parts are there.
2007.11.13 17:58:27
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2007.11.13 17:58:30
CourtneyP: Me too that is perfect even for first grade.
2007.11.13 17:58:31
KaraLM:
That will help kids with the inevitable"writer's Block"
2007.11.13 17:58:31
KimberlyNg: They just need to fill in the rest.
2007.11.13 17:58:39
KimberlyNg: Indeed.
2007.11.13 17:58:51
DevetteG:
I like that one too!!
2007.11.13 17:59:02
EsmeraldaS: Monies are the gap
2007.11.13 17:59:11
KimberlyNg: Did you guys see the "Plot Pre-Write" sheet?
2007.11.13 17:59:16
SusanR:
that is the 4th Tuesday ..we will focus on the
wealth of materials here at The Writing Fix
2007.11.13 17:59:20
KimberlyNg: That's a great resource as well.
2007.11.13 17:59:27
KaraLM:
I also like the "Start and Stop" Game
2007.11.13 17:59:31
SusanR:
how we can adapt them for classrooom use
2007.11.13 17:59:39
RichK joined the room.
2007.11.13 17:59:40
EsmeraldaS: Yes
2007.11.13 17:59:45
SusanR:
and meet standards as well
2007.11.13 17:59:45
CourtneyP: yes, very cute!
2007.11.13 17:59:54
EsmeraldaS: Yes
2007.11.13 18:00:04
SusanR
. o O ( perhaps it will be revised as well )
2007.11.13 18:00:04
KaraLM:
we can put them in a literacy center
2007.11.13 18:00:44
BJB2 looks at the clock on the wall
2007.11.13 18:00:45
KaraLM:
do moderations in our class- such as writing
settings, characters, and plots on strips of paper and having the students draw
them out of hats to create a story to write on
2007.11.13 18:00:58
KaraLM:
not yet BJB!
2007.11.13 18:01:07
EsmeraldaS: yes, a literacy certer is a good idea
2007.11.13 18:01:09
KimberlyNg: The "Plot Pre-Write" sheet could be a starter
for the kids.
2007.11.13 18:01:20
BJB2: Sue will meet again on November 27

2007.11.13 18:01:21
KimberlyNg: They could complete each event block a day.
2007.11.13 18:01:34
SusanR:
I can leave you to debate amongst yourselves
here in the Comfy Conference Lounge..so kick off your shoes and relax
2007.11.13 18:01:34
BJB2 . o O ( same topic...to be continued! )
2007.11.13 18:01:35
CourtneyP: I agree Kim.
2007.11.13 18:01:36
KimberlyNg: That way, they can have time to develop that
event or scene.
2007.11.13 18:01:47
EsmeraldaS: yes, it could
2007.11.13 18:01:48
SusanR:
yes, BjB same topic to be continued
2007.11.13 18:01:58
KaraLM:
Thank you for the resources, and your time
Susan!!
2007.11.13 18:02:03
KimberlyNg: See you on the 27th Susan!
2007.11.13 18:02:06
SusanR:
Thank you all
2007.11.13 18:02:06
DevetteG:
Thank you for your time!!!
2007.11.13 18:02:10
CourtneyP: Bye everyone! See you at school tomorrow Kim!
2007.11.13 18:02:13
CourtneyP: Thanks you!
2007.11.13 18:02:14
HelenK:
thanks Susan great as always
2007.11.13 18:02:14
KimberlyNg: Thanks so much for all of this! I can't wait to
share with my teacher tomorrow!
2007.11.13 18:02:17
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2007.11.13 18:02:18
KimberlyNg: Bye guys!
2007.11.13 18:02:22
BJB2: Thanks, Sue. Goodnight
2007.11.13 18:02:23
EsmeraldaS: I'll hold on to my houseshoes, their comfy
2007.11.13 18:02:25
DevetteG:
Bye UH!!
2007.11.13 18:02:28
SusanR:
Great crowd
2007.11.13 18:02:29
KimberlyNg: Haha
2007.11.13 18:02:31
KaraLM:
bye devette!
2007.11.13 18:02:38
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2007.11.13 18:02:42
EsmeraldaS: wave
2007.11.13 18:02:48
JohnRR:
Thanks
2007.11.13 18:02:51
KimberlyNg: Bye Courtney, see you tomorrow!
2007.11.13 18:02:53
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DevetteG:
Bye Kara!
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