Such a fun idea!


Pocket Poems

April was National Poetry Month, and since many students are poetry-phobic, I saw an opportunity to create a buzz around one of my favorite genres of literature.

Each week of April, I selected three short, easy-to-read poems, printed them out on colorful paper, folded them up, and offered them in a jar outside my classroom door with a sign inviting students to take a poem to keep with them. I selected fun little poems such as William Carlos Williams’s “Red Wheelbarrow”, Lewis Carroll’s “The Crocodile”, and Nikki Giovanni’s “Possum Crossing”. These poems are colorful, relatively easy to digest, and accessible to my students, who range from grades 5 to 8.

I put the cupcake jar out on Monday morning on a little desk beside my door, and issued an announcement about National Poetry Month, and for students to visit my door for a surprise pocket poem. Then I waited. Would…

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5 Inspirational Social Media Professors to Follow


Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac University

When I was in college, the closest thing to social media was Hot or Not. And while times have changed and Hot or Not is…well…not hot, plenty of other social networks are looking pretty good.

Today, social media has not only changed the way I connect and learn, but it has been my occupation for the past three years.

Today, students need to understand the widespread opportunities of social media. So when I got the chance to teach a community management course at Quinnipiac University‘s Masters of Interactive Media program this summer, I jumped at it.

Many people have sparked my excitement for teaching. Here are five of those professors. They do more than teach. They inspire.

Jeffrey L. Cohen

Jeffrey L CohenJeff is a professor teaching social media at Ball State University. He started, wrote the Social Media B2B Book, and has years of…

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The State of Girls’ Education Around the World

Very inspirational!

World Education Blog

To tie-in with the release of the Gender Summary of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 published by UNESCO and events taking place to mark International Women’s Day, this photo blog tells the story of the state of education for girls and young women around the world. 

The Gender Summary of the 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report highlights the serious gender imbalance in global education that has left over 100 million young women unable to read a single sentence. The summary, launched for International Women’s Day in partnership with the UN Girls’ Education Initiative, calls for equity to be at the heart of new global development goals after 2015 so that every child has an equal chance of learning through quality education.

Half of the 31 million girls out of school are expected never to enroll or have the chance to learn. Despite some progress, in…

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10 Diversity Books

Great way to incorporate diversity into your classroom!

Global Classroom Culture


SheKnows Parenting has a list of 10 great books that teach about diversity and cultural differences. This site includes ten different books that promote cultural diversity. Some of these books are stories and some are reference type books. The books touch on the differences of many different cultures including Muslim, Hispanic, and African America. Above are two of the books that are on the list. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio is about two girls who divide over a sandwich but the story turns and they end up friends again. Two Mrs. Gibsons by Toyomi Igus is about a girl who learns about her mother and grandmother who are from two different cultures.

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