Wisdom from Mr. Rogers

Mr. Rogers

“Often, when you think you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else,” Mister Rogers.

I’m so glad he was in my neighborhood.

A Listening Activity – Let it Go! from Disney’s Frozen

Frozen just won the Academy Awards for the best animated film of the year and the best song! Woohoo! Congratulations!

Kaizena-Adding Voice Comments & More To Google Drive

Thanks to Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, Kaizena is now an integral part of my Google Drive toolbox.  Kaizena, which means “good change,” allows us to leave voice comments on a Google doc which is a great help to our students but also to us for collaboration.   With this new tool, we won’t have to type out all our comments unless we want to!  That is an option, however.  And, there are many other options such as color coding our comments as Stacey Behmer explains in this video tutorial.  Stacey also explains how to tag our comments to help our students visit different sites to strengthen their skills or add to their resources.

This is an exciting new application to enhance our work on the Google Drive and a helpful tutorial full of ideas.  All of us who use the Google Drive with our students or in collaboration with our colleagues will definitely want to add Kaizena to our Google toolbox.

A Listening Activity: Celine Dion & Ne-Yo Sing, “Incredible”

Enjoy this!  Be sure to sing along!

How to Entertain Ourselves on a Snowy, Wintery Day

Can I Use This in My Project by @jasonrobertshaw

Before including someone else’s picture, video, or music in your project, take a look at this chart put together by Jason Robertshaw and shared with us on Twitter.

Can I Use This

Follow Robertshaw on Twitter:  @jasonrobertshaw

Another Vocabulary Activity: Turn-O-Phrase


Turn-O-Phrase is a fun game for learning popular sayings or colloquialisms.  For ELLs, it leads to great discussions from what the pictures portray vocabulary-wise to what the phrases mean in their entirety.   Enjoy!

Turn-O-Phrase Helps Students Learn About Colloquial Phrases.

Thanks to Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers.


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