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New Episode Available!

Please check out our podcast here – you can also put the RSS feed into any podcast player to search for our podcast: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:174561607/sounds.rss – the latest episode from Ponce is episode 203! Hope you enjoy, and learn along with us as we try something new! Now also available on iTunes Podcast app! Just search for … Continue reading

The Podcast Returns!

This has been a rather exciting week. I have just recently started listening to a podcast by a famous comedian and reminiscing about the few episodes we did in my 8th grade class back at JFK Middle. The school year is about to start, and I want to start up again with these great kids … Continue reading

SAMR Model for Technology in the Classroom

This was all I could think of when we were talking about the SAMR Model in a workshop recently. This is why I make online publishing a big part of my class.

Online Portfolios

Getting started: Go to http://www.wordpress.com and click on Create Website. Choose the topic “Education” and what you would like your Portfolio to look like. Choose your Domain name – it MUST be firstnamelastinitialmdcps – then select the domain that comes up as firstnamelastinitialmdcps.wordpress.com (that’s the free one). You will need to put your email address … Continue reading

Welcome Back!

Great to be back again at Ponce de Leon Middle! Looking forward to an exciting year with my IB students. This year in 6th grade we are going to be talking about Facing Fears, Making Your Voice Heard, Fairness, and Cultural Perspective. In 8th grade, we will have a different set of themes. If you … Continue reading

Decisions, Decisions IB Unit 3

Students, you will be working in centers to learn about the difficult decision the passengers of Flight 93 made on Sept. 11, 2001. You must log in to your portal, click on Apps, Services, and Sites, then click on Discovery Education app,  and then click on the link below: Discovery Education Flight 93 Video Copy … Continue reading

Nothing to Fear

Students, we are in the middle of our first IB unit on Facing Fears! You are reading stories and a novel based on the concept of overcoming your fears, and you will be preparing your Unit Project starting soon. The rubric and other important documents are on Edmodo, so be sure to look. There are … Continue reading

The Fountain of Youth

I feel renewed and invigorated to be bringing the Paperfreeclass experience to a new school after 18 wonderful years at JFK. So far, my experience at Ponce de Leon Middle School has been amazing, and I am looking forward to using as many paper-free options as possible. We have already had a quiz on Edmodo, … Continue reading

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

Yes, we have a new post – finally! We are reading Animal Farm in class and at home and completing our project. The project pages are being posted on Edmodo, and will cover the concept of allegory. Along the way, we will learn about the rise of Communism and hopefully learn some things about human … Continue reading

The Giver Games!

We have not had a post in a long time! But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! Check out an overview of our projects based on The Giver by Lois Lowry. Per. 1 Giver Games Per. 2 Giver Games Per. 3 Giver Games Per. 5 Giver Games Per. 6 Giver Games Per. 4 is … Continue reading