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 code.org.
- 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.