Spring into Writing

Welcome to our springBethPHone12_23_15 321 blogging assignment!

My blogging journey began on March 2011 when I created my blog site.  I didn’t, however, write on it for a year.   A year later, March 2012, a friend challenged me to  join the Slice of Life Daily Writing Challenge After completing 31 days straight of blogging and commenting on three other bloggers, I decided that I need incorporate blogging into my instruction.  I collaborated with my critical teaching friend and a dean to create a two week blogging challenge for our ninth graders.   I then expanded the practice to my graduate students and then to my undergraduate students, which explains why you are reading this now.   The good new is that you aren’t the first group of students to step up to this challenge.  I do, however, acknowledge that each community of writers who participates in the challenge is unique and helps me understand the process even more.

Your challenge this spring is to create and maintain a blog and participate in our digital writing community.  Our work is to uncover the power of digital writing, and a virtual writing community as well as figure out how this could work with your future students.    Your challenge is to set aside the time to write. Your challenge will be letting go of finding the perfect words and crafting the perfectly composed piece.  Your challenge will committing to responding to others.

For your 1st post, craft a brief introduction.  You can use images or video to introduce yourself.  Check out these former students’ intro posts to garner inspiration.

So this week, create your blog, write your introduction, and link up!

If you don’t know where to start, check out these posts by former students:

Audra or Alex or Cindy or Brian or Catherine or Embree or Daniel or Ally


Final Reflection



If you are reading this, you survived this semester!  Cheers!  Sometimes the work is can be so overwhelming that we must stop and celebrate the small wins.   Your final blogging task is reflect upon your experience as a writer, a responder, and an accountability partner.  Some of you are reading this post and feeling that you didn’t quite complete the task.  If you are feeling that way, check out my friend’s post on Learning from Failure before you begin to reflect.

No matter your quantity, you need to think about your journey. It was a act of bravery to put your words on the digital page.  It was a risk to participate in this community.

Consider these questions as you write your final post:

  • What did you learn about yourself as a writer?
  • What did you learn about digital writing or being a member of a digital writing community?
  • What lessons can you take to your classroom or share with future teachers about integrating blogging into instruction?
  • Challenges?
  • Successes?

Be sure to fill out this Form to tell me about the grade you deserve and why.

Also respond to two others and then consider your work done for this class!

Remember, however, that in our journey as teachers our learning is never done! I am so proud of your digital work!

Keep reading & writing!


Book Reflection

teaching-argumentsWe may have not discussed your book as much as you liked, but unless you join a professional book club or work with a community of people who read professionally, you may be working through the thinking about your reading alone often.  I did hear powerful conversations during our quotation mingle. For our second-to- last post, I am wondering about what you learned from reading your second book?

Not everyone in the room chose the same book and not everyone in your professional life will be reading (sad, but true, and for many real reasons).  9780325026749For your book post, share what nonreaders of this text missed.  Tell your colleagues and peers what they  need to know in order to improve their instructional practice.  Learning about teaching never stops.  Convey the big ideas, memorable quotes, teaching strategies,  AHAs, or even questions.  You can present your learning from the book in many different mediums through writing or with any of the tech tools that we have tried out. What do we need to know?

51m7yj4tn5l-_sx258_bo1204203200_For this post, try to comment on  2 posts from people who read the books you did not!

For examples, check out Jan’s, Jacky’s, Ketsia’s, Reina’s, Bethany’s  Emily’s post or or Cindy’s.  Here is another to check out, Elizabeth’s. and this one.

I look forward to reading about what you learned!





Create Something!

So many tools! So little time!  This post is your opportunity to build/create something new. In the past I have created a fancy poster, a meme, an infographic, a PowToon as part of this process. Try something that you already know how to do. I think I will be playing with Vocaroo. Use this assignment to make something digital that you could use with your students.  Feature it in your post.

Sci-Fi for Strong Girlz (1)


Open Post #5


National Day on Writing Display featuring student writing (one of my Pinterest nonfails!)

We are past the halfway mark this semester!  What do you do to recharge and keep pressing forward?  I like to make sure I infuse my weeks with something I am passionate about!  Just not school!  Your teaching challenge as you move forward into your senior internship and your teaching world beyond is to pursue a passion beyond your work life. Today is the National Day on Writing(Thursday, October 20th) . There are so many ways to write!  It’s open post time! I can’t wait to read them!

Tech Exploration

When I think about tech tools, I consider what will best help grow writers including motivating them, allowing them a greater audience, or just creating.  This week I have culled a group of tools and sites for you to explore to think about using with your future students.  They are six questions to explore.  Start here:

  1. Consider the terms in the Wordle below and these questions:  Are you a digital native, visitor, or resident?  How do you live your tech life?  



2. Tech Tools to Enhance Student Learning:   Visit each site. Consider some of the tools that I have used with my students. (These are not all of them just a sample.) Think about how you might use each one to reach out to students, parents, or the community.  Choose one and write about it.

3. Authentic Tasks for Students:  Here are a list of a few tools that you can use with students to write virtually.  Why is this important?  What are the benefits? The risks?  Write about your favorite discoveries. 

  • Publishing

4. What Lies Ahead?  Check out what is going on in the teacher-tech world.  Review Jane Hart’s Post at  http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/top100-edu/ and see what teachers are using around the world. This year she has expanded her work to encompass the top 2oo tools for personal, workplace, and school learning found here .  I like to start at the end of the PPT to see what technology is emerging.  Explore! Write about you noticed about the learning tools!

5.  Review this digital tool version of Bloom’s Taxonomy below.  Based on what you have done today and what you understand about Bloom’s Taxonomy, explain what teachers need to consider as they integrate technology?


6.  Based on your exploration what will you try next?  

Open Post


Another open post!  You can try something new or stick with the comfortable. I thought I would share 3 places to enjoy the fall outdoors for free.  The first is the site I explored this weekend, the Lake Apopka Loop Trail.  We biked a 9 mile section. For the outdoor non-enthusiast, you can still enjoy the sites via the Wildlife Drive from the comfort of your air-conditioned car.  Closer to our UCF home is the Orlando Wetlands Park.   You can walk or bike and see the natural way Orlando reclaims water. It is one of the few places in the world.  A little more civilized outing where you can enjoy nature is a 2.5 mile walk around Lake Baldwin.  No matter where you go, always bring water!  Where do you like to enjoy the great outdoors in Central Florida?  Happy Posting!