Excellence and Imagination

all the joy of junior high in one small package


June 15, 2007 by · 3 Comments · Interesting, School

Just so you know, I checked on the download numbers for our ITL videos and our radio plays this morning.

So far, they have been listened to and watched almost 8 500 times!

Amazing… Shows the quality of the work that you do. It also shows the importance of doing quality work.

The world is watching.


Final Exam Schedule

June 5, 2007 by · 1 Comment · School

It is getting close to being that time of year again.


Here is the schedule for final exams for grades 6 – 8:

Friday, June 22nd – English Language Arts

Monday, June 25th – Math

Tuesday, June 26th – Social Studies

Wednesday, June 27th – Science

Colonization Blogs

June 5, 2007 by · 9 Comments · Classroom Resources

You absolutely need to take a look at the blogs being written by other people in the class for the colonization project. There blogs can be found at these links:

The Colonization of Africa

The Colonization of Australia

The Colonization of Canada

The Colonization of India

The 13 Colonies – U.S.A.

Colonizing the Caribbean

 The Colonization of Brazil

The Colonization of Mexico

There is a lot of very good research and some very good writing on these blogs. I encourage you to take a look at them and leave a comment for the characters who are keeping them.

RSS in Plain English

May 15, 2007 by · 3 Comments · School

Here is an excellent video that explains RSS for those people who have never heard of it before.

What do you think? Is this an effective way to demonstrate RSS? Is there a different or better way that you think this could have been done?

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There are two types of Internet users, those that use RSS and those that don’t. This video is for the people who could save time using RSS, but don’t know where to start.

Spam Still Stinks!

May 2, 2007 by · No Comments · School

Just to let you know that my blog is living in the midst of a spam storm (again). Just as earlier in the year, the spam is rolling in. Hopefully it won’t move from my blog over to yours, but please make sure you are moderating your comments and that your spam stopper is turned on and working.

Hopefully the storm will soon pass us by.

Inside an Anthill

April 25, 2007 by · 5 Comments · Interesting


How is this for an interesting picture?

This scientist poured plaster into an anthill and then dug it up to see what the inside of it looked like. You can see all of the tunnels and the chambers.

PB Wiki Updates

April 20, 2007 by · No Comments · Connections, Interesting, School

PB Wiki has made some changes recently and updated their service. Cool widgets like YackPacks let you install a walkie – talkie right on your wiki, you can also embed YouTube videos, insert a calendar and a Bubbleshare slideshow. So the next time you are thinking about a form of representation for a project, it is definitely something useful that you could consider.

Blogician Response

April 13, 2007 by · No Comments · Connections, Student Bloggers

All of the work that you did for the Blogicians last week has not gone unnoticed. They have responded to your posts with thanks and some ideas of their own.

Eddie responded to Darren’s post.

Johnny wrote to Dustin and Josh.

Victoria wrote to Ashley H.

Mary thanked Ashley M.

Mia wrote to April.

Emmy talked about April.

M.V. talked about Derek’s post.

Michael wrote a tribute to Randy.

and finally…

Tina appreciated Shyla’s answers.

Good Times…

April 9, 2007 by · No Comments · School

Wanna see how to make junior high students mad?

Teach them how to extrapolate and interpolate in math using sorted seeds.

But of course, you need to sort them first…

Blogging Questions From the Blogicians

April 4, 2007 by · No Comments · Connections, Interesting, Student Bloggers

  1. What strategies
    do you use in blogging?
  2. How does blogging
    help you as a writer? As a reader? As a publisher?
  3. What are some tips
    on how to proofread on a blog?
  4. When you post how
    do you get the ideas to post about your topic?
  5. What is your favourite
    blog, your favourite post, and your favourite comment and please give
    your reasons for your choices?
  6. Has anyone given
    you tips about blogging? What would be the 3 most important tips you
    would give?
  7. What is your favourite
    or the most interesting thing you like about blogging?
  8. What makes you want
    to comment to a blog?
  9. What is the worst
    problem you have in blogging?
  10. How does blogging
    help you in school or anywhere?
  11. How has blogging
    gotten better since you started?
  12. What is your perspective
    on blogging? What does blogging mean to you?
  13. How have other
    people’s comments helped you in blogging?
  14. What are some verbs
    you would use to describe blogging? Some adjectives?
  15. What inspired you
    to do blogging? Do you think you will blog later?
  16. How do you feel
    when you get comments?
  17. What have you learned
    in blogging?
  18. How does blogging
    help you make friends?
  19. How have other
    people’s comments helped you in blogging?
  20. How did you feel
    when you first started blogging? Were you nervous, scared, happy? How
    do you feel now?
  21. Does blogging help
    you learn more in writing and language?
  22. What do you think
    of your blog?
  23. How has your blogging
    gotten better since you started?
  24. Is blogging a part
    of your life?
  25. How do you respond
    to other blogs (what sequence)?