An Hour of Coding < 2014 Edition>


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 12/08/2014

For the second year in row, I’ll bring an hour of Coding to my students!
Happy Coding Week!



Reader’s Response: Comparing and contrasting character transformation


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Global Education, Reader's Response | Posted on 11/13/2014

Amelia'sRubyDuring this unit, we have read and analyzed two different stories about two different girls: Ruby and Amelia. We have also discussed how these two characters changed from the beginning through the end of each of their stories. For this post, you are going to evaluate their actions based on your inferences about their character traits. In order to do that, you will use your notes from class and the paragraph you wrote comparing and contrasting both stories. After you gather all your sources, you will be ready to answeer the following questions:

1) How did both characters (Amelia and Ruby) changed from the beginning through the end? What was the same for both of them? What was different?

2) What actions in the story affected them changing?


What is 21st century education?


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Research | Posted on 10/17/2014

While researching for ideas to develop a presentation for the staff at my school, I came up with this video that summarizes everything I wanted to say about teaching and learning in the 21st century. So, I thought it would be worth sharing.
Here’s the presentation



Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Critical Thinking, Global Education, Reader's Response, Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 07/31/2014


Poetry for Hope is a book of poems written and illustrated by my 4th grade students. It was the product of a unit on poetry at the end of the year in the 4th grade class that I co-teach with another teacher.
We started by analyzing different poems and we soon realized how difficult it was for them to grasp the concept of metaphors. The poem that we were reading was about hope, which they did not know the meaning of, but the poet was comparing it to a bird. When it was time for them to write their own metaphors, they struggled because they did not know what hope was. We were using a metaphor to introduce the concept, but they did not know what the word’s meaning. Until I thought about connecting it to something that almost all of us in that class had in common (including the other teacher)… and that is: Immigration. So, picture this… two immigrant teachers teaching the meaning of hope to immigrant students! It was the most amazing teaching moment ever! So, that is how the book was developed.
We started off by asking: What does hope mean to you? before they wrote their own metaphors. We sat we them, one by one to bring out their personal experiences and feelings that most of them had never dealt with. It was an incredible experience to make them feel successful by sharing their own stories. Then, they started producing their metaphors; hope is…
We ended the unit with a presentation for parents, other teachers and students and school administrators. While we were guiding them in their writing, I immediately thought about a book, but I wanted it to be different, so I recorded their voices and created QR codes so you can scan and listen to them reading their poems too!
After finishing the presentation, I told them that we thought we were teaching them something, but instead they taught us a lot more! We learned not only the meaning of determination, resilience, family, but also why we do what we do!

We say no to FRACKING in North Carolina!


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06/11/2014

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05/06/2014


Reader’s Response: Facebook Blues


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Informational Text, Reader's Response, Research | Posted on 04/25/2014

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According to a new study, emotions spread over social media can create a contagious effect. This week, we have discussed the effect of facebook on people’s moods. We have analyzed this article to open a class discussion. So, for this post you will state whether or not you agree with this finding and why.

Happy Earth Day


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Global Education, Teaching Ideas | Posted on 04/22/2014

Why do we celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22? This infographic will take you to the past and back to the present while providing you with great details.

Earth Day graphic produced by the Kars4Kids car donation program "Responsible vehicle recycling for future generations

Media Response: “Failure” Part II


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Media Response | Posted on 04/10/2014

We have worked with this commercial to show your understanding of how you can integrate your kowledge of character traits and theme. Now, it’s time for you to determine the tome and the mood of this commercial. So the questions for this post are the following:
1) What is the tone of this commercial? Remember you can use more than one word to describe it.
2) What is the mood? Remember to explain why.

How to properly use apostrophes


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Teaching Ideas, Writing | Posted on 04/04/2014

Apostrophes The Story of Bob and Muffin
by MKayMann.
Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.