Kevin Hodgson’s sixth graders study digital citizenship, digital footprints and digital identity, but at an age where friendship often trumps caution, students may be less diligent than adults anticipate when it comes to sharing digital passwords.
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Helping students develop into strong writers is difficult work. Fortunately, as teacher Kevin Hodgson discovered recently, the Common Core emphasis on writing in every content area means there are many more colleagues with ideas to share.
What happened to classroom play and activities like dramatic storytelling? How do we bring it back? Kevin Hodgson finds answers in Kevin Cordi’s lively book Playing with Stories, which suggests ways to use storytelling as literacy and speaking practice.
When Kevin Hodgson shared a heartfelt reflection with the Slice of Life teacher writing community, the supportive and encouraging comments he received from online colleagues “were like lifelines to me.” He highly recommends the Tuesday writing activity.
Rikki Tikki Tavi is the “touchstone text” Kevin Hodgson introduces to his 6th graders at school’s start. Kipling’s fast pace, focused conflict and resolution, use of foreshadowing and other literary techniques make it a perfect reference all year long.
Students at Kevin Hodgson’s K-6 school recite the PeaceBuilder pledge each morning. But do they take it to heart? He describes an engrossing literacy project, dubbed the Imaginary Lands Brochure, that helps kids uncover the meaning behind their pledge.
Not only did teacher Kevin Hodgson get to talk about games and learning by keynoting at the K12 Online Conference, he and fellow presenters created a game for teachers who want to learn more about gamifying the classroom. Watch his keynote and play here!
Whitewater rafting with 6th graders puts plenty of excitement into Experiential Learning. Just back from the river, Kevin Hodgson describes sharing the 10-mile stretch of “instructional space” with 75 kids. A must-read for anyone planning such a trip!
Kevin Hodgson assumed his students would enjoy writing Six Word Memoirs, particularly within a comic site. What he didn’t expect was the level of enthusiasm, as even struggling writers dove into the concept, creating a wide range of (very) short stories.
ELA teacher Kevin Hodgson finds himself teamed in a PLC with reading interventionists and quickly sees how vastly different their work with students is from his own. He’s developing a new respect for these specialists’ knowledge and unique challenges.