Trying Something New With Something Old

My seventh grade class is studying Romeo and Juliet, and we are reading the play aloud in class.  This allows me to preview scenes, stop and start to think about what is happening, attitudes, emotions, word play, allusions…. but there is no homework involved with this.   I want them to come away with an appreciation…

My year with iPads – part 1

Forgive me if I’m feeling a bit defensive. This past academic year we piloted a 1:1 iPad program with the seventh grade, and it was generally successful. Actually, considering the scrutiny that we were under, the general lack of professional development, and the fact that we were not allowed to fail, we did spectacularly. I…

iPads and Seventh Graders

I have been away from here – and I am totally remiss in not spending some time catching up on what has been happening in my classroom. This year we have piloted a program with iPads in the hands of each seventh grader.  First let me say that it is NOT the same a full…