Thursday, December 19, 2013

Teaching Stuff I Found While Looking Around

I promise there's a reason for showing you these pens.

Each week, the mommy blogger Heather Armstrong (aka dooce), posts what she calls "Things I've Found While Looking Around". The post consists of links to a variety of things that she has found on the interwebs (articles, new music, other blog posts, videoclips, etc.) that she finds touching, interesting, funny, ridiculous--you name it. Sometimes I just find something I want to share or tell other teachers about, but I don't have much more to say than "Hey, have you seen/read about...?" This happens a lot, and there's not always much to write an entire post about.

So I'm going to piggyback on Heather's idea with some teacher-ish stuff I've found while looking around. I can barely form a coherent thought, what with the general chaos of the holiday season, so I think it's perfect timing to try this out. Here goes:

  • Do you have kids in your class who LOVE computers, Minecraft, Terraria, and the like? Are you you yourself a bit of a tech geek? Teach your kids or yourself how to write computer code over at

  • Vote for some most excellent teacher-bloggers in the 2013 Edublog Awards, and read a bunch of great posts by Christopher Lehman while you're at it.

  • The hubub of pre-break excitement is all over your school and classroom right now, but it may just be too much for some kids. Krissy Venosdale has a great post up about how to be a bit more mindful of this in our classrooms at this time of year.

  • Is it all a little too much for you as well? Then check out Calm Things

  • What supply in our classroom am I surprised that my kids are obsessed with? (I promised I would explain the photo!) My beloved Flair Pens. I tell you this for no other reason than the fact that I love them with a passion, and my kids are now in love with them as well. They have become the go-to supply for going over text and such in our interactive notebooks. I hope I get some in my stocking this year. Get some!

Have you found something cool that you just want to give a shout out about? Feel free to share in the comments.

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  1. Sounds like a fun idea for a post. I always need to make a schedule of my posts and never seem to get around to it.

    FYI I'm having a giveaway at my blog for my 32-pg place value book--if there are enough entries everyone will be a winner! Feel free to share about it and enter.

    Lucy Kids Math Teacher

    1. I'm the same way, especially with the current pace at school!
      The Wild Rumpus 

  2. I am totally in love with Sharpie pens right now. Like, head over heels. :)