Girls can Code


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 11/10/2015

The hour of code 2015 is fast approaching!!!! This year, we will be joining the hour of coding for the third time in a row!
Every year, the organizers release a video advertising the event. This time around, they released this video with a strong emphasis on girls. So for your post, you will be answering the following questions.
1-What is the video’s purpose?
2-Why do you think the producers are using all girls to convey their message?

Media Response: Accents


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 11/03/2015

In class, we have discussed the importance of identifying the theme or central message when we read stories, poems or interact with social media. After watching this commercial, you will think about the following questions:
1- Can you determine the central message or theme that the producers are trying to communicate?
2- Why do you think this commercial was created?

Like a Girl


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Critical Thinking, Global Education, Media Response | Posted on 10/25/2015

What is the theme of this video? What message/s are the producers trying to get across? Would the theme be different if “like a boy” was used instead of “like a girl”? If so, how?

Happy Digital Learning Day!


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Global Education | Posted on 03/13/2015

Technology is here to stay. More than ever, our classrooms are becoming a creative outlet to bring the world to our students. Thus, we are one step closer to bringing our schools into the 21st century!
Bringing Our Schools into the 21st Century Infographic
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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, Culturally Relevant Teaching, 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 Critical Thinking, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Global Education, 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, Culturally Relevant Teaching, 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!

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

Human Rights: 20th Anniversary


Posted by Mrs. Wells | Posted in Book Reviews, Global Education | Posted on 12/10/2013

If you are looking for ways to introduce the topic of Human Rights to your students, I highly recommend the following books.
We Are All Born Free ~ The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights in Pictures
I would use this book particularly with K-2 students because it is not only beautifully illustrated, but the language used is at level they can easily understand.


 The other great resource I found is an introduction to the concept of Human Rights from a child’s perpective: I Have The Right To Be A Child. It was written by Alain Serres and illustrated by Aurelia Fronty. It provides a general overview of children’s rights in a meanigful and direct way.

These two books are just a perfect reminder about how important it is for our 21st century learners to become aware of the significance of Human Rights is this global society they live in. As educators, we should not only teach our students about their rights; we must celebrate them everyday!

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