Blogging Challenge Week 6

The last challenge is here! Visit Miss W’s site for all the info:


Make sure you have a great post on your blog that visitors will want to leave a comment on because that is the only activity to do this week. AND visit at least 2 other blogs and leave QUALITY comments

Link to other classes participating in the challenge-

Your comment should:

  1. Be addressed to the writer of the post
  2. Make a connection to the writer or add extra information about the post or relate to something you have seen or done relating to the post
  3. Be proofread for spelling and punctuation
  4. Include your blog URL or class blog URL

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 5

Here is the link to this week’s challenge:


Choose one of these activities:

Activity 1: Write a post on food that is popular in your country.

In your post, include links to where you researched and some images with attribution. You might also want to a collage of images or a slideshow you have created.

Activity 2:  Create a poll or survey and embed it into a post to find out more about the types of foods eaten by your readers.

Activity 3: Visit at least 2 blogs from countries other than your own. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about food in their country.


Here is a link to the list of classes participating in the challenge to help you find some blogs that might talk about their country’s food:


Student Blogging Challenge – Week 4

Click here to access this week’s challenge from Miss W!


Activity: Choose ONE of the 4 activities about Halloween. If you prefer, you may choose to do the same types of activity about Thanksgiving instead. Mark the task completed on My Big Campus when you have finished the task!

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 3

Week 3 Challenge is ready

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Activity 1: Write a blog post of your choosing and add a properly attributed image.

Activity 2: Add at least one new widget to your sidebar and write a post explaining why you chose that particular widget.

Leave a comment on this post  with a link to your post when you have completed the activities.

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 2

Week 2: Let’s comment!

See the blog post with this week’s challenge –


Activity: Visit other student or class blogs & Leave a Comment

A.  Visit 4 other blogs from our school or from one of these links:

B.  Leave one quality comment on at least one of the posts from one of the blogs.


Additional Opportunity:

Each week the best posts published in the Student Blogging Challenge are featured in  Edublogs’ Flipboard magazine.

If you want to be considered for recognition by the student blogging challenge:

leave a comment on their site: under the challenge you completed. Make sure to leave a link to your post with your comment.


When you have finished, leave a comment with a link to the commented page on this post.

Fish in a Tree Discussion Post #1

On page 11, Ally says, “I wish I had my Sketchbook of Impossible Things. It’s the only thing that makes me feel like I’m not a waste of space.” In the sketchbook, Ally draws the images she sees in her mind movies. Why does Ally feel like a “waste of space”?  Albert Einstein wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Given this quote,  How is the title of the book related to Ally’s sense of hopelessness?

Fish Discussion Post #1

Imagine having to leave home under the threat of danger and facing harm. Think of the Syrian refugee crisis as a current example. What would you take with you in those rushed moments before leaving. The restriction is that any items must fit in their backpack and must be carried by you alone, For your first entry, create a list of what you would decide to take and why.

Leave comments and reply to others’ comments!

Student Blogging Challenge – Week 1

Week 1 Challenge is Ready:

Check out the Blog from our Blogging Challenge Host, Miss W.

Activity 1. Create an avatar to use on your blog when leaving comments. Here is a post including some avatar sites .

Activity 2. On your blog you also need a page or post telling us about yourself. Again you could use a variety of tools to embed on your blog. Be creative:

Once you have completed the challenge, comment on this post with a link to your post.


As I was driving my son home from hockey, I was thinking about the plethora of things I needed to accomplish before going to bed. I know I have a busy weekend ahead, so I won’t have time to focus on schoolwork (see – homework never really goes away for teachers!) and I believe it is important to set a good example. If I expect my students to complete assignments, then I need to do the same. It would be hypocritical for me to expect more from all of you than I am willing to do myself. So… I sit at midnight writing a blog post after reviewing the 7th graders posts. My mind is whirling. What should I even write about? The quality of the posts so far, how 4 people didn’t put names on papers today so those 4 people have an undeserved 0 in the gradebook until that gets straightened out, that it is just about midterms ALREADY, reflections on our readings, my excitement about the 8th graders global literacy initiative we will be starting soon, something from my own life (which pretty much means my son’s sports since 90% of my own life revolves around chauffeuring to sporting events)…..Oh wait!!!! That’s it. How to come up with an idea for writing. Rarely does an author have some magical inspiration from writing that causes him or her to  sit down and write a 300 page novel in one sitting. It is usually all the little kernels of ideas that boil and bubble until one of them starts to tease out to a bigger idea or when a couple of the ideas combine to form a larger cohesive thought. Writing is about exploring and communicating. As we have been learning this week through our readings, words are powerful (whether they are shared or just thought). Ok – I don’t have anything more on that idea. Sometimes it is ok to abandon an idea. Sometimes as a writer, we need to tuck away an idea that isn’t working for another day (or even not at all). Writing is the opportunity to share a bit of your heart with another person. It involves trust whether you are writing a piece of fiction or baring your soul in a personal memoir. Don’t be afraid to explore your ideas, toss them around a bit, throw some out there and see which ones catch on, examine how you feel as you are working with the ideas and let your intuition guide where to go with your ideas. Then, take the time to review, revise, share, and revise some more. If you open your mind to new ideas and communicate with others, you will gain whole worlds and relationships you never knew could exist.

Welcome to a New Year!

I can’t believe another year is underway. I am starting my 27th year teaching, and I am proud to say…I still love it!! I think one of the reasons I still enjoy teaching is because every year is always a little different. Even though this is my 3rd year at the junior high, we have made a change by blocking the Literature and English into one Language Arts class. This is a great change, and it will give us an opportunity to explore literacy on a whole new level. I also get to work with a nice blend of students I taught as 7th graders along with new faces. The changing chemistry of how students work together always keeps me on my toes and helps me keep it fresh and fun. I have some new tools and techniques I am excited to incorporate into our classes and hope everyone finds something useful on their journey. This is such a pivotal time for all of you as you transition toward your high school years and start thinking about who you want to be. I don’t just mean what kind of career you want, but who you want to be at your core. What do you believe in? What do you value? Who do you care about? What approach are you going to take when you face an obstacle? The coolest thing about humans is our capacity to grow and change in response to our experiences. Just like Brian in Hatchet or Maya Angelou in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, your experiences and the choices you make will shape your very identity. I hope your experiences in my class will give you the opportunity to explore your interests, desires, goals, dreams, and relationships while you build your reading, writing, and speaking skills. So…as the Joker says in The Dark Knight, “…And here we go”.