August 2

Back to School – Agenda


The 5 things that I want to get done the first week with the students.

  1. Three community building activities
    1. Find someone who..with selfie – this activity requires the students to locate other classmates with certain skills or experiences. I hope that this activity allows us to mingle and learn a little bit about each other.
    2. tallest structure wins via our Marshmellow Challenge – this activity requires that groups construct the tallest structure possible using 20 pieces of spaghetti, tape and string. Their construct should be strong enough to hold a marshmallow. The purpose of this activity allows for them to test out the parameters of efficient group work so that we can develop our rules surrounding class and group behavior.
    3. ABCs of school – students are to describe school using words that begin with every letter of the alphabet.
  2.  Writing piece – Reflection of our work experience in class.
  3.  Introduction of rules – I want to show a PowerPoint that discusses acceptable procedures and classroom rules.
  4.  List of Ingredients – students will list 10 ingredients that they are made of.
  5.  Pretest – rut row

Hopefully I will be able to get most of this done.

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July 7

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July 4

What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence – Kenneth C. Davis | TED-Ed


This is Day 4 of TEDEd Challenge and the lesson is about the Declaration of Independence.

In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

Watch. Think. Dig deeper. Discuss this lesson to learn more.

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July 1

TED-Ed Blog» Blog Archive » Take the TED-Ed July Challenge!


Today was the first TEDEd Challenge. What challenge you ask? Well TEDEd will share one lesson a day during July to keep our brains in shape this summer.  To participate, you must complete the lesson by watching a video and answering then answer a series of questions. 
Here is the link to sign up

This is a great way to check out the video lessons if you are not familiar with TEDEd lessons. This first video explains the effects of sugar on the body.

DAY 1: How sugar affects the brain
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice.

(I am trying out my phone app for this post)

June 30

Louisiana Teachers Blog y’all

Teacher Blogger Meetup In Review

What happens when you gather a room full of Lousiana bloggers in a library on a Saturday? The 1st Annual Louisiana Teacher Blogger Meetup, of course. Jasmine McClain was our hostess with the mostest and she carried out our theme, “Future’s So Bright, We Gotta Wear Our Shades,” fabulously. In my mind, it set the tone for the rest of the day. I was overwhelmed by the vision and support of the woman that I met last Saturday.

The time and effort that Jasmine and her crew spent on the decor, agenda and treats to make sure that we were all comfortable as we spent time with one another learning the ends and outs of blogging and branding was greatly appreciated. Jovial Jessica talked to us about blogging and then Marvelous Mia presented information about TpT. I heard about ways to grow subscriptions through blog hops and link ups. Our conversations centered around fonts and clipart, ways to follow creative commons parameters and helpful tax tips.

I am not a ‘TpT’er and don’t know if I will ever become one but the information that I gathered from all of these women was so empoweing that I can officially declare to the world that …I took the leap and became the bomb dot com as

I took the leap and became the bomb dot com as Whoot. Whoot. I did a quick search of my name, Ms B is Online and I saw that the results came back as me sooo…. I claimed it.

I am MsBisOnline

Will I decide to sell my material??? I don’t know. Saturday was such an overwhelming experience and I learned great tips from all of these Louisiana Blogging Women. I know that

  • I will continue to present around the region.
  • I will continue to connect with these ladies and others.
  • I will continue to make connections with other classes so that my scholars can see how small this world wide web really is.
  • I will continue to define what it means to be Ms. B. who is Online.

Please contact Jasmine if you have any questions about signing up for next year. You can find her here at BlogFacebookPinterestTwitter, and Instagram . I know that you all want some of our goodies. Sorry that you missed out on the kernels of knowledge, but you can enter for a chance to win one of two swag bags via our Swag Bag Contest.

Swag Bag GiveawayWidgets that work to connect blogs together are new to me but there is a Rafflecopter widget that will allow you to register to win one of the bags.

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June 5

Teacher Leader Summit 2015

June 4th and June 5th I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Louisiana Teacher Leaders Summit and I had a blast. I enjoyed the sessions that I attended and I can’t wait to use the new resources that I saw. Click here to see many of the awesome things that were shared with us.


March 21

Responding with memes

Thanks to my summer ventures into self driven PD, I had an opportunity to play with memes. I realized that I was hooked when I was saving my 20th meme.

I wanted to duplicate this engagement in a class assignment for my kids. They have been asked to create memes for 3 assignments.

1st – after reading an article about school curriculum and listening to Sir Ken Robinson discussing how School Kills Creativity, I wanted them to create pro-school memes

2nd – as part of our Rhetoric Unit I asked for memes that can be used to help me explain ethos, pathos, and logos to future classes

3rd – as a response to our study of “A Lesson Before Dying”

Some were great and Some were mediocre. They had fun completing this assignment and I had fun looking at their creations.

February 22

My Scholars are Online and Passionate

We are in the midst of Pursuing our Passions as we work through our #PassionateScholars Project. My Scholars are researching a topic that is important to them. I have decided to try out the 20% Project and allow my students to research a topic of their own choosing. This topic should be one that they feel passionate about because they will be researching it and presenting findings for it to the class in a Ted Style video.

  • What? – What in the world is 20%?
    • The basic premise of the 20 percent time project is that it is student-driven, passion-based  learning.
  • How? – Did I hear about this idea?
    • Everywhere = Daniel Pink’s book, Drive. Pink,
  • Why? – Did I think that it was a good idea for my Scholars?
    • It is important that they have some freedom and selection in the work that we do.
  • When? – Do they research, plan, share and present?
    • I have no idea. They research inside and outside of the classroom. They will share and present in about four weeks to the class annndd..???

and the final question:

  • Did? – I lose my mind? LOL
    • Yes. How can a classroom full of students all panic when told to research what they wanted to know more about and felt passionate about.

First, if you tell students that they will have one day a week to research a topic of their own, the first question is WHAT SHOULD I RESEARCH?

Second, when I asked them to create a blog, something happened to their ability to turn on a computer and click a link. 

Third, I obviously need to hold on real tight because I feel that we will have a bumpy ride ahead.

These Wordles house links to the student blogs and proposal pitch videos.

Work from my 2nd period Scholars

Work from my 3rd period Scholars

Work from my 4th period Scholars

February 22

Introducing our Passions

Here are some of the videos that were created as part of our #PassionateScholars Project. The Goal of the assignment was to create a video that introduces the class to their research subjects. I wanted them to pay attention to the subject matter so that the viewing audience would get a sense of what they found moving and important about their topic.

Their Proposal Pitch Video was to

  • engage the viewers with the appropriate use of images and design elements,
  • present the idea in a professional, well-prepared manner,
  • be under two minutes in length,
  • allow us to see what they are passionate about and how important this issue is, and
  • be posted to our class website for our class to vote on.

Jennifer Ward has shared many of the resources that she uses in her class and I am using them with my classes. This is our first try at it and I am hopeful that many of them will benefit from the experience of being able to self-select a research topic. We had limited time on the computers so I was not able to consult with them to stress and re-stress the requirements to make sure that everyone was on the same right page.

We used and I was amazed at the attention that many paid to the creation of their videos. I continuously reminded them not to get caught up in the bells and whistles of the site.

Below are just a few of the videos that my classes produced.

January 3

TodaysMeet for your 2015 class

TodaysMeet is…?

TodaysMeet is a backchannel chat platform that was designed for teachers and provides an online space for anyone to share resources, ask questions and discuss text. TodaysMeet allows teachers to create a room that helps guarantee student success.  Regardless of the subject, backchannel rooms can lead to full engagement encouraging learning that is  not limited by the constraints of a desk or a room during the regular school day.

TodaysMeet supports classroom discussions in a variety of ways. It allows for

  • quiet students to have a safe space to express their opinions and ideas
  • an online space where class notes are housed
  • participants to submit links for videos, documents, etc. that support the current lesson
  • students who need additional ‘wait time’ the time to process ideas and have the light bulb moment

Creating a room

TodaysMeet rooms are fast and easy to create. All you need to do is pick a name for your room, decide how long you want to use it and sign up so that you can track your rooms. The room WeAreAwesome becomes and your students, colleagues, parents, or attendees enter the room by going to the room’s webpage address.Free and Easy to use

You can create your room to host an online class discussion, provide a meeting room for group work, allow for a quiet conversation about a text, house your classroom in the clouds for regular days, sick/snow days, review sessions, etc. With TodaysMeet, you can create as many rooms as you need.

Entering a room

To join your TodaysMeet room, students can either scan the QR code or type in the room’s url and enter their name to join.

Joining room is easytype in your name and starting typing

How TodaysMeet can be used in the classroom

Opening up a room allows you to provide a space for students to post questions, respond to one another, share ideas, and share resources during class discussions. You could use for a review before an assessment where students post facts they have learned about a topic. Students could explain solution strategies during math. Could use for a debate around a topic where groups respond to one another. This is a great way for teachers to get immediate feedback on their instruction. You can also save the conversation for later use.

  • hold an online discussion during virtual learning activities.
  • invite feedback about a learning experience.
  • backchannel during direct instruction.
  • explain steps and procedures of assigned problems.
  • backchannel during films and listening activities.
  • class suggestion box.
  • entrance/exit tickets
  • create a digital record of a class discussion as a resource for later learning.
  • digital “inbox” for resources and ideas.
  • way to brainstorm and collect ideas at the beginning of a class, activity or unit.

Cost of TodaysMeet

TodaysMeet is a freemium product. Their free version is what I have used for months in my classroom but they do offer a Teacher’s account for $5.00 a month. The Teacher’s account allows you to have more control of your room. The transcripts can always be accessed, access of room can be limited to students only, students can be muted and prompts/topics/questions can be prominently displayed within a room.

Teacher accounts

Common Core Literacy Anchor Standards addressed

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

 My experiences with TodaysMeet

I have used backchannels several times in my English class. They have had to submit #hashtag summaries for an assigned text, answers during an online Q and A session, and thesis statements for assigned topics. My Scholars seemed to instantly and enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to have sidebar conversations. Many students were participating, responding with each other, and making insightful observations as well as answering each other’s questions. Yes, there were some students who needed to be re-directed but the opportunity to shake-up our regular class discussion giving the mic to all of my students and not just the five who normally drive our discussions was a valuable experience.



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