October 20, 2015

13 Study Tips for Middle School Students, from my 13 Advisees

Coloring while we chat

Our student advisory group gets together about once a week, and last week we talked about Study Tips.

Here are 13 tips my group shared:

1. Have your parents time you while you do your homework.

2. Find a partner to quiz with.

3. Try not to cram for tests the night before.

4. Try chewing gum, music, and energy drinks to help you think.

5. Turn off your devices so you won't be distracted.

6. Isolate yourself in your room.

7. Don't overstress about your tests. Always assume you're going to do well.

8. Use an object to help you remember.

9. Do your hard subjects first.

10. Do first the homework you know will take you less time.

11. Do your homework the day you get it.

12. Think of rhymes to help you remember facts.

13. Make up a bunch of questions and then test yourself.


My advisees came up with a great list, I think. Got anything to add?



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October 17, 2015

3 Cool Things I Learned from our School's #BannedBooksWeek Celebration



"No, we are not celebrating that books are banned, we're celebrating that we read banned books." I found myself saying this more than a few times throughout Banned Books Week. "We're celebrating our freedom to read!"

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It was a great week of raising awareness!

Here are three cool things I learned:

1. Our students are astute readers and free thinkers.

Listening to the two student discussions English department chair Mr. Alan Hodara facilitated, "The Hunger Games" and "Challenged Books at Seabury Hall", filled me with awe. Our students are extremely aware. And our English teachers are doing a fantastic job of sharpening students' analytic skills.



2. If you start a school-wide conversation about banned / challenged books, students will start looking for free reading, banned or not.


Our students are busy! Discussing banned books seemed to help kids remember how much they love to read for pleasure. It was awesome to watch more kids than usual browsing the shelves, and borrowing. Librarian's delight. :)


3. Our Head of School GETS it!


At the end of the week, our new Head of School, Ms. Sarah Bakheit, dropped by the library to check out our banned book display. 

Her comment? "When I was in school, the fact that a book was banned was my SIGNAL to read it. "


How cool is that?


All in all, Banned Books Week at our school was a success! #makesmehappy




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[Cross-posted at SEABURY READS.]


October 03, 2015

The #CEOct Global Kickoff, Hawaii Style -- 3 Takeaways



Our mission for the #CEOct Global Kickoff October 1, 8-9 pm, around the world? -- To share our personal journeys to becoming connected educators. 

+Shane Asselstine+Michelle Carlson Colte+Michael Fricano II, and I represented the many connected educators in Hawaii for this world-wide event.

These are my takeaways from the experience:


1. We are all unique, but the same. Different journeys, same passion. #heartfilling
► Linda's story
► Shane's story
► Michelle's story
► Michael's story

2. There is always something new to learn. Look for it! 

Michelle, who firmly believes in giving students a voice, shared a neat project: students recording Minecraft tips on FlipGrid. 



Listen about it HEREIsn't that the coolest idea?

3. Connecting with passionate educators feeds the spirit. #nuffsaid

Here's the show in its entirety.




Mahalo to my #GTANY friend +Regina Schaffer for the opportunity, and to the organizers of the #CEOct Global Kickoff: +Tammy Neil+Sarah Thomas, and +Jessica Raleigh.

October is Connected Educators Month and there are so many activities to choose from to feed your spirit. Check out the schedule HERE.



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