Swashbuckling Adventures Article…

I agree with what the article “Swashbuckling Adventures on the High Seas” talks about.  I believe that Social Studies and Literature can be integrated together so that one lesson can meet two different subject areas.  Literature can get students interested in history without making them realize that they are reading history (if that make sense).  When you give a student a textbook and tell him/her to read a chapter on a subject they are going to have a mind set that it’s going to be a boring reading because it’s in the textbook.  However, if they are given, perhaps, a historical fiction book and told that it’s a good book that you recommend they read for fun they may just come back the next day talking about how much they have learned and what all they want to know more about.  It’s important to get students interested in both reading and history and there are many books out there that can do the job.  However, it is up to the teacher to find the activities that are fun, yet still educational to the point that students are learning the information throurghly.

One thing that I particularly liked that the article suggested were the Double-Entry Diaries.  I think that it’s a great idea to have students split the paper into two columns and use one side for factual entries and one side for responses, ideas, or questions.  However, a teacher does need to remember and realize the importance of modeling this technique.  Perhaps, instead of doing the whole thing right away the teacher could do the project along with her/his students; however, staying at least one step ahead.

History and Literature can easily be integrated.  I can’t wait to find out about some of the really good books that can help us put together more hands on lessons and get students excited about learning!  What about you?

Add comment September 8, 2008 jordanstone

The Meaning Behind a Name…

  My name is Jordan Elizabeth Stone.  I have never really thought about what a name truly says about a person until recently.  I have tried looking up the meaning to the name Jordan and the only definition I have found is “down flowing” and “to humble oneself.”  I then proceeded to look up the name Elizabeth.  Elizabeth means “God’s Promise.”  I found it ironic that those are the two meanings of my name.  I do have a relationship with God and find that by having a true relationship with Him I do have to humble myself.  He is far greater than anyone or anything.  I also like knowing that part of my name means “God’s Promise” because God has made a promise to each and everyone of us. 

  On another note…I asked my parents why they chose the name Jordan Elizabeth for me.  Their response was that they simply just liked the way it sounded and liked the names.  I like the fact that one name is very feminine and one is kind of sporty.  I am a very girly girl; however, I love to play sports! 

  One of my nicknames is Cinderella.  My dad likes to call me his little princess and Cinderella at times.  My favorite movie as a child was Cinderella.  I always wanted to be a princess and to my dad I will always be his princess! 

Names have so many meanings!  In my opinion it depends on the person and the personality of that person that gives a name a certain meaning.  Each and every person’s name fits her or him in a very unique way!  What’s your interpretation of your name?  🙂

3 comments September 4, 2008 jordanstone

Notebook Know-How (2)

As I continue to read Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner I can not help but to find more and more amazing ideas to use in my classroom.  After the first reading of the book I was beginning to wonder how to get the students motivated to write and how to teach them to write without giving promts and telling them what to do.  This section of reading talked about the different strategies that we can use in the classroom to help students have a guide to write with.

I really like the list strategy.  I never knew that a list could be used in so many different ways.  By doing a list with just ten things on it there are ten seeds for perhaps ten different stories.  However, once those stories were created the students would then use the lifting line strategy within a few days after they have reread their works.  The lifting line strategy is something I hadn’t heard of before.  I like the fact that someone could take one little line and create a story with a whole different theme, setting, conflict, and meaning to it.  It’s just amazing how much can be done with writing to make it easier.  I just want to know why these strategies weren’t thought up while I was in school!  Writing may have been more fun and not thought of as a hard thing to do!  🙂

1 comment September 1, 2008 jordanstone

Chapter 1 from “Notebook Know-How”

While reading Notebook Know-How I saw a brand new approach to writing that I hadn’t ever been exposed to before in school.  I was one the kids who never looked forward to writing.  My mom told me one time that just as I figured out how to spell a few words the teachers were telling me to write sentences.  Well, according to mom the thought of having to put sentences together and just learning the spelling of simple words was quite overwhelming for me, as a first grader, and caused a good bit of frustration.  I wonder that part of my dislike for free writing began at that time in my life and never ended.  (I tend to like some direction when I do things.)  By viewing Writer Notebooks as a list or thoughts, just something to use as a place to jot down words or phrases to use later takes a lot of tension and pressure off of writing freely.  Writing in pieces is so much more relaxing that being told that I have ten minutes to write.

In a year I will no longer be living a role as a student, but taking on the role of a teacher.  I don’t want to be the teacher that takes a child and tells them to just write for ten minutes and then walk away.  I want my students to want to write, to be asking when they get to pull out the notebooks.  I believe that by starting day one just making lists myself or jotting down things at random times during the day when the students are there to see is a possible way to encourage a peaceful style of writing.  I will encourage my students to not compare writing styles or words, but to help each other when one gets stuck and offer ideas.  I want each student to have comfort when writing to know that it’s ok if he/she and his/her best friend aren’t writing about the same thing.

When I get in the classroom I don’t want to overwhelm my students like some teachers do within the first few days.  Therefore, I will probably take the first week to let my students soak in the surroundings and meet new faces.  The second week of school I would introduce the notebook. I would explain that the notebook is each student’s own space, where he/she can write whatever his/her heart desires.  There may be a day or two where I will encourage the students to use a certain style of writing.  The first time the students write in their notebooks I may ask them to just write about the emotions that they experienced the first few days of school.  By doing this it may help students get inside their own heads and it eases them into writing.

I really like the organization of the notebooks that Aimee Buckner.  I like the idea of using the first half of the notebook to write and using the back half to take notes.  By usng this style of organization the kids don’t realize how much they have written and don’t have the stress of looking at how many pages are left to fill up with words.  Also, when students have a question about a writing style or something that they took notes then they are able to quickly glance back and look it up.  By having notes write there the students are able to guide themselves through the time of writing, thus making it their very own time.

2 comments August 28, 2008 jordanstone

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