March 6

Making Mochi

Mochi is a Japanese delicacy made with a special grain of rice. It takes a highly skilled person to make mochi. This video introduces the audience to the traditional art and craft of making mochi. Watch as the master explains his lightning quick techniques for turning rice into a classic Japanese treat. After watching, use the Reply space below to answer this: How do you think someone becomes a master or an expert at anything?

February 16

Shorter and Shorter Stories

Our challenge was to write a story in 50 words – about a time when we had burst out laughing.  The next challenge was to cut the number of words in half!

48 words:

In December, I flew home from Edinburgh. I watched the movie, Me Before You.  I had headphones on and just suddenly burst out laughing.  Ian said, ‘shhh…’ nudging me, indicating the other passengers. But I still couldn’t help it.  I laughed until tears flowed. Until the story changed…

24 words:

December, flying home from Edinburgh, watching Me Before You.  I laughed, loudly.  Ian said, ‘shhh…’  I laughed until tears flowed. Until the story changed…

 

 

February 2

Thoughts on Room 18

We have been thinking a lot lately about how to redesign the classroom for the needs of today’s learners. We looked at the new room concepts that were recommended by the Scarsdale High School architecture studentsThen we commented on themThe question we have to ask ourselves is what type of room environment will help us best with our learning? What changes can we make right away to Room 18 that you think will make the biggest difference for you as a learner (such as adding a type of furniture, writing surfaces, making learning nooks, etc)?

January 25

Learning About Blogging

Blogging is a new style of writing for me.  I joined a large group of Scarsdale teachers for a ‘blogging workshop’ today.  We looked at how digital literacy is different from traditional literacy and our goal is to introduce students to blogging so that they have a place of their own to share their writing and their thoughts.  We also looked at some fabulous examples of Scarsdale elementary student blogs – children who posted photos of their field trips and wrote about them, others who wrote about books they’d read, and others who wrote about science experiments they had conducted, amongst others.  The work was impressive.

The bonus of blogging is the automatic audience that can provide feedback.  I think this will excite the writers in my class.

I am looking forward to starting this style of writing with my students and am aware I have to practice myself…this is my first blog!