Monday, January 25, 2010

Classroom Connecting with Books & Author

Colleen Tendall, who teaches in our secondary, recently shared a wonderful project with me! Her literature students created book projects for their semester tests. Collen's students read The Angel of Death by Alane Ferguson. They have been reading books from this series for the last couple of years. Her kids love Alane's work! Lauren B., who is a junior at Van Meter, created a Wordle to highlight the important topics in the book for her semester project. She also wrote a great summary to support the Wordle. I love the work Lauren has done! She shows that she truly understands the main themes in The Angel of Death through the Wordle she has created.

Last week, Colleen told me something very exciting! She has been talking to Alane and they have set up a date for her students to conduct a Skype conference with her! I love how Colleen has connected her students through project-based and real life learning! This is an experience that Lauren and her classmates will not forget.

If you would like to learn more about Alane and her amazing books here are some resources for you...

Colleen has also wrote study guides for each of the books in this series that are included on the website. I love the Van Meter connection! :)

We have Alane's books in the secondary library and they are usually available at the Scholastic Book Fair.


  1. OMG! Love your blog! I'm new to blogging, was a school principal for 14 yrs, left to be a consultant, got laid off. Have time now to start blogging. Working on a custom website...Have been on Twitter BUT just got active about 2 weeks ago. I am excited to start to read, write and connect with you. Wonderful stuff here!

  2. Thank you so much! :) Are you on Twitter? Would love to connect.


  3. Hi Shannon,
    Your blog is so colorful and vivid. Personally, I believe conduct a Skype Conference with students is a fantastic idea. Students will have enough communication with their teacher and teacher can master students' situation in time. I also have added Alane's blog. Thanks for your introduction.

  4. Thank you for your nice compliments. I LOVE color and creativity. :)

    Yes, I am going to do a lot more Skype and online learning within my classroom and others at Van Meter. We want to be HEARD not just here but around the world. :) Students have the best VOICE in the world.

    Alane's blog is awesome! :)