I heard this comment in seminar yesterday, and my response is “whatever you want to share with the group.” Most of you mentioned that you want seminar to be a supportive community, so the blog is a place to share concerns, feelings, teaching tips, questions, classroom management ideas, successes, etc. The blog can be a place for “the on-going ‘conversations’ about meaningful issues…” as noted in the Conceptual Framework.
Capital Educators Federal Credit Union has a teach grant program, awarding three monthly $750 grants to teachers. Check out the application at www.CapEdfcu.org. There is also a financial literacy site at http://fly.capedfcu.org. Education alumna, Bekah Rynearson, was awarded a $10,000 grant for technology at Washington Elementary by INL.
Check out Aimie’s school blog! http://teacherweb.com/ID/WashingtonElementary/MsAtkinson/index.html
Jan Brett’s website has links to webquests, art activities, etc. I recommend this link to elementary teachers: www.janbrett.com
Here’s another blog for those interested in literature for children and young adults. The “Book Whisperer” shares her favorite books as well strategies for engaging middle level readers. I always find a new title/author to check out, and I love Donalyn Miller’s passion for reading. See http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer.
Neil Gaiman, author of this year’s Newberry Award for Graveyard, has an interesting blog at http://journal.neilgaiman.com/ He is also the author of Coraline which recently came out as a movie. I recommend his works for middle level readers. Who could resist the story of a boy raised ghosts, ghouls, and werewolves?