Podcast with Penny Kittle

It was so much fun to create a book talk podcast with Penny Kittle, author of Book Love and Write Beside Them. After making this podcast, I began thinking of 3 easy ways I can re-energize independent reading on day one of returning to the classroom in January.

1) Do 2-3 Book talks a day during the first week back.

2) Have my student go “shopping” for books by putting a large stack on each desk group. Students can read the backs of the books and get a feel for their first pages.

3) My students can do some talking and writing around their reading goals for January. This may include adding books to their wish lists and writing down their future goals such as “New genres I’d like to read are…” or “I’d like to read 100 pages a week.”

I’m really looking forward to reading in January 2018! The ALA Awards are right around the corner and my students and I are going to keep reading!



#ILA17 Resources

#ILA17 Links to All Information From Our Presentation:

Top 20 Favorite Digital Texts:

Our Top 10 Favorite Digital Texts &

Our New Top 10 Digital Texts

Digital Texts & Text Sets:

Flipped Learning:

To Make Digital Notebooks/ Book Clubs:

Book Trailers:

Reimagining the Book Report Pt. 2

Using Padlet

We’re having a great conversation on our Facebook Book Club about the many uses for Padlet in our classrooms! Join us!

If you’ve never tried using Padlet, then you’re like me! I’m excited to learn how to use it so I can try making some Padlets with links to flipped lessons and digital texts. In our conversation on Facebook, our group has come up with many great uses for Padlet in the classroom including:

  • Exit Tickets
  • A collection of flipped lessons (so no child has to go to YouTube)
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Group Discussions
  • Digital Bins
  • Question of the day

Come join the discussion! Padlet is totally new to me, and this chat has really helped! This is my first Padlet ever: https://padlet.com/djohansen1/yyapxe2ota0l I’m trying to figure it out, and it’s really fun!

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Thank you, #ILA16!

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It was a great weekend at ILA! Thank you to all who came to our presentation about flipped learning! We have posted a bunch of flipped resources here on our blog. They are under the heading “Flipped Learning Book” at the top of the page. Email us or tweet us if you have any questions. Our email is LitLearnAct7@gmail.com and our Twitter handle is @LitLearnAct.

Also, please join our Facebook Group! We talk about flipped learning, technology we’re using in the classroom, teaching interpretation, digital texts, close reading, and most importantly, bringing joy to the language arts classroom!