Great Blog Examples

I’ve been reading some really amazing blog posts the last few days. Here are some I think you will enjoy, plus they are so well written it’s worth your time to have a looksy. Be sure and leave a nice comment if you like  something they’ve written.

Joanna P’s “Stay Sane”

Lusine H’s “Enter Site Title Here”

Mary S’s “It’sss Maryyy

Haik A’s Havin’ Curry 

Sheila A’s “You’re The Pretender” (check out the great quotes she posts as well)

I’ll add more over the next day or so.

Subscription Feature

I know many of you don’t check your e-mail regularly, but for those who do, I’ve added a feature whereby you can get posts delivered to your e-mail inbox. If you want to activate this the sign up is over there on the right side. See it. It’s right there.



I’ve recieved many questions regarding grade percentages. I’ve mentioned this over and over…

Because your grade is weighted by category, your overall grade is meaningless until all the categories are accounted for. I post grades online simply so you can see individual scores. Don’t focus on the overall grade just yet.

Writing Tips

I’ve been following Daily Writing Tips for awhile now and wanted to share it because there are some fantastic tips for writing, grammar, etc.  A couple of the most recent posts are especially relevant to all of you (my students):

Five Sentences That Should Save The Best Until Last

30 Synonyms For Meeting

There is a nice feature with this blog that allows you to have the posts e-mailed everyday to your inbox.

Super Examples

I wanted to share with everyone two really amazing examples of students who have only this week walked into my classroom and have already shown what they are made of.

If you want to see what an amazing scribe post looks like read Samantha’s 8/17 scribe. This is a girl who’s never done this before! Wow!! Talk about HEnglish level stuff! BTW, she even read the other period’s scribe posts in preparation!!

Another WOW student is Mark P. Without any direction from me he already has a fantastic blog, Cool Kids Chat, up and running. He has his first blog post, and a myriad of other good things. His blog is exactly what I envisioned when I began this project four years ago! Be sure and give him the kudos he deserves.


Finding E-Books



Whether you are continuing on in high school, going on to college, or whatever else you have planned, reading should never stop.  If you use an e-reader (the kind is inconsequential) your life will be that much easier. has a nice collection of sites where you can find books for free. Ten Way to Find Free Texbooks Online. But be sure to scroll down to the bottom and click on the other links to find more free book sites.

TEDxTeen Talks

I’ve been watching a bunch of TED’s, and while the TEDxTeen talks are good, I am not sure they are right to show in class. However, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites. I encourage you to go to YouTube and explore more.

Natalie Warne

Tavi Gevinson

Sujay Tyle

Zander Srodes

Sejal Hathi


BTW you might want to check out the new TEDEducation site on YouTube. There are some cool videos there. Not all of them fit in the TED format, but still worth your time.