STUBC Week 7 Challenge: Celebrations!

First, follow the link to a poll and add your voice to the list of events your family celebrates every year.
What Do You Celebrate?

The task card in the document below lists 4 options for you to share your favorite celebration. Try something new and share it on your blog page.

With 6 weeks of STUBC behind us, it will be fun to visit new blogs and leave some comments. The links below will take you to the listed link for you to travel the world through blogs. Happy exploring!
Week 5: My School

Week 6: Music

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My School’s Night of Excellence

We all have opinions about our schools, some good, some perhaps not so good. I would bet that we often take our schools for granted most of the time. Schools open up for class without any obvious fanfare. The teachers are in classrooms, the lunches are served, the playground hosts heated basketball and soccer games. It is a bit like Frank Baum’s The Wizard of OZ; you do not see the work that occurs behind the curtains.

There are times when that curtain is flung open and our ordinary days are transformed into something special. Everyone is invited to take a peek.

Tonight, we shared what sets us apart with our district school board during our annual Night of Excellence.

Every year we recognize students, community members, and staff with the Excellence Award. This year, Gabby, one of my amazing 6th graders, was chosen. She displayed grace and leadership throughout the year and accepted the honor with maturity. Her shining smile was contagious.

Our blog is the first of its kind in the district and it has garnered much attention. Another of my incredible 6th graders explained the blog to the school board using an enthusiastic voice. Lily showed her enthusiasm when addressing the superintendent and board members. It was inspiring to listen to Lily’s passion about blogging.

Bethany, a girl with presence, spoke of our Young Adult Book Society, YABS, a group whose mission is to promote books and literacy. The passion and conviction in her presentation made me realize that our school is driving our community in unexpected ways.

The school board was dazzled by a final performance by our Flamenco dancers, Ava, Gabby, and Paige,who were accompanied by guitar, drum and castanets. The dance summarized the unique community we get to participate in daily.

What makes your school unique? Share in the comments below.

Spotlight on Students (STUBC Week 4)

Blogging is a choice. I state this with conviction; the choice to pursue a class blog is worthy of the time invested in the activity. Time is required since it is new to me as a teacher, and my students who are well versed in social media, but unfamiliar with organizing and maintaining a blog. Beginning with paper posts, moving into student guest posts, and finally earning their own blogs, my students are growing into curators who groom a post until it is ready for the world.
This kindling of engagement was sparked when the 6th graders performed a flash mob style of dance for Halloween.

Bringing the Halloween vibe to everyone!

Spotlight Links

The students are invested in building experiences through a variety of events and medias. I am proud of everyone’s participation in our inaugural year of blogging. Please take a moment and check out some of our work.
The links below take you on a journey with my students. Each has a unique voice and experiences to share with you. I know you will enjoy them as much as I do.
Gabby’s Blog

Isabella & Spring Break

Delia Writes Fables

Gabby T

Megan’s Tale

Images + Words = Connection

Photo by Mrs. D, March 2019, quote by Edward Abbey, novelist & naturalist

The image is from a trail in Fountain Hills, Arizona with vistas so wide they dwarf you. I used an app called Prisma to add a filter to the original photo, which created this painterly effect. Finally, I added a favorite quote from Edward Abbey, a novelist, naturalist, and activist that reflected the attitude of the image and the experience. By using the Paint program, I was able to resize, color, and play with font styles to get the result I wanted.

Using images you create yourself is satisfying and offers the opportunity to choose something meaningful to you, while inviting others to enjoy the slice of life you share. Your images can be drawings, collages, or from sites like Pixaby. Be daring! Craft something to send into the world!

STUBC Week 3: Images

Thanks to all who visited and commented on other student blogs last week. Listening to your discussions with each other as you read, then commented on posts was interesting. All of you showed maturity and sensitivity when commenting and I am proud and impressed by your efforts.

This week we have new opportunities to explore using images in posts. There are 5 challenges this week, which means something for everyone. Pick a challenge and create something that reflects you!

Click here for tutorials on how to use Creative Commons and other tools you can use to find images to use in your posts

The task card below has suggestions for the under 13 student’s use.

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STUBC: Week 2

This week there are triple the number of student bloggers in the DWES 6th grade class. Please finish crafting your theme and adding an about page to your blog. Then focus on creating a post about commenting based on your visits to other student’s blogs. Think about what is meaningful to you when your posts are commented on and how you can offer specific, relevant content to others.

Let’s go spread some positive vibes and learn about others along the way.

Here is a list of posts that you can visit and comment on using those skills we value.
Student Blog Posts Link Week 1

STUBC Week 1: Avatars & Visiting

The first week of the Student Blogging Challenge was interesting. One of the tasks was to design and upload a personal avatar. The number of apps that allow you to create avatars ranges from simple cartoons, to elaborate portraits. I used an app from this Symbaloo to create a couple of avatars.
Take a look and tell me what you think. Try one of the apps out and create one of your own, then share
the avatar.

This avatar is more realistic, but sadly, I couldn’t add the purple hair (not all of my hair), so you must imagine that there is purple hair on the inner layer.

The next avatar is much less realistic, but shows one of my favorite things to do: read! What do you think?