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Writing Prompt

Possible writing prompt questions:

Who is the person? 

What is inside that building?

How does this picture make you feel?

Would you want to go here? Why or why not?

What are some other places that might be creepy at night?



Tailoring Our Teaching: No Need to Wing It If You’ve Got Great Conferring Notes

Interesting ideas about writing and the power of conferring with students.

Bloom’s Blooming Taxonomy

Interesting pictograph of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

An Ethical Island

How do we learn?

Bloom and friends suggest it’s in an order. I think my learning might be a bit more chaotic… but they are the experts. This order begins with the simplest behavior and then moves to the more complex. I think of it as a tree that grows. We start off at the bottom of the tree with the new shoots, and then move up to the fully formed peaks. Coupled with other research, it gives educators a starting point to help scaffold.

Blooms Taxonomy

View original post Breaking Bad? Word Stories Behind Four Popular TV Shows

Television has a habit of repurposing and repackaging common sayings into names of shows, from Three’s Company to Orange Is the New Black, and it’s easy to understand why: idioms are packed with rich associations that resonate instantly with viewers, and when applied to titles of the small screen, they quickly communicate the sensibilities of the shows they name. This year’s Emmy roster was ripe with familiar expressions borrowed from the wild. Today we’re going to take a look at how some of these idiomatic phrases were used before we came to associate them with binge-watching and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and explore the insights they offer about these critically acclaimed shows.

Breaking Bad
Break the ice means “start conversation,” break bread means “share food,” break a heart means “cause great sorrow,” and break a story means “publish it first.” But what does breaking bad mean? The mastermind behind Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, chose this title because he thought the phrase was widely used to mean “raising hell.” The Dictionary of American Slang notes break bad as a…