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Seth and Tyler – from the school district technology department – did a wonderful job installing our new ActivBoard interactive whiteboard last week. We were able to use it for the first time today and, already, it is completely changing the way I approach teaching. I am excited use the board to find new ways to integrate technology into teaching and assessment.

We began a new format for Language Arts today. For the rest of this quarter, we will be centering our reading lessons around a book study. We’re reading Mark Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Vocabulary and comprehension assignments will be connected with the book, as will other projects such as art and writing. We spent some time getting to know Mark Twain and the historical context of the book today, as well as reading chapter one.

One more thing…Next Wednesday is the due date for our Winter Collaborative Research Project. Students will have several opportunities this week to research their topics and work on the group multimedia assignment. Please contact me as soon as possible if there are any concerns about students’ success or work progress in this project.