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Leo Lionni, A Must Teach Author for Primary

Author studies help students create memories, and Leo Lionni's books will help your students do just that as they explore nature, learn to build friendships through each book's theme, and celebrate their individual gifts. Check out this post for ideas to go with seven different titles.
As the year winds down, you may find it tough to keep things fun and fresh. Kids are tired of test prep and testing. They know the end is near, and honestly, they've got a little spring fever. (and don't we all??) When you see it's nice outside, all you want to do is get out in it. With a Leo Lionni Author Study, you have an excuse to explore, experiment, and discover why Leo Lionni's books are classics just like Frog and Toad.

Blogging in the Classroom: Designing Your Site

Starting a brand new blog is easier than you think, and designing it isn't that hard either especially if you purchase a Georgia Lou Studios template.  For today's post though, we'll keep it completely free! I will walk through how to design a blog that you'll be proud of.

Blogging in the Classroom: How to Create the Perfect Post

This blog post is intended for beginning bloggers or teachers blogging in the classroom. It includes step by step tips and a little blogging insight from what I've learned.
Creating the perfect post doesn't happen overnight, so as new bloggers, please keep in mind that blogging is a work in progress. If you are blogging in the classroom, your posts won't need to be pin perfect, and some of what I share won't even be necessary for classroom blogging. Over the past five years, I have learned quite a bit though (and there's more I want to learn), and for me, that's one of the things I love most about blogging. We have the opportunity to learn something new through the whole process. Certainly in this post, I won't be able to share all I know, but let's get started and see where the post goes. If you have questions, you can always ask them in the comments or in the questions form to the right.

Blogging in the Classroom: Keeping It Safe for All

Blogging in the classroom can be rewarding as long as students use the platform safely. In this post, safety guidelines are discussed as well as how to secure your sites and monitor student work. #internetsafety #bloggingintheclassroom #comprehensionconnection #internetcitizenship #bloggingbenefits
So you've been thinking about creating student blogs with your class and how blogging in the classroom can help your students get excited about reading and writing. You've gotten familiar with the platform options, and you're ready to jump in. Before you do, be sure to read through this post. Any time your students are involved with technology beyond the walls of your classroom, you must make sure it's safe. Today, let's talk about safety and security.

Blogging in the Classroom: Getting Started

If you're considering blogging in the classroom with your students, but are feeling a bit overwhelmed with where to begin, you are not alone. Even after blogging for five years, I still question which platform is best for me. Do I stick with Blogger, or switch to Word Press, Wix, or Weebly? What are the pros and cons to all of the options? Is there a platform that stands out as best for classroom use? In this post, we'll take a look at all of the options to help you decide.

Blogging in the Classroom: The Benefits of Blogging

Blogging in the classroom can be a fun and engaging way to add a new dimension to your work with writing and reading comprehension. Student generated blogs can be focused on a specific book you've read, topics or activities a student enjoys and that provide writing hooks, current events happening in your school (like a newsletter), or any number of student interests. Blogs can spark great conversation and can teach students about publishing work, ways to use technology to enhance blog posts, and a lot about layout and design, a skill used well beyond the blog. In this blog series, I will be sharing information about how blogs can enrich your language arts program, platform options, safety concerns, selecting a blog name and setting it up, how to create a post and embed images, and each step of the process. Today, we'll talk about the benefits of blogging.


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