It is official – my brain has started thinking about school

I am getting back into school mode. Ever since my family vacation all thoughts seem to migrate towards education and our youth. The brain has switched the signal to begin transition from summer break to reality. Time to get it done!

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A New Coffeechug Project

I am trying something new.

I have read some great books lately and one of the books suggested creating a small routine each morning to start your day off right.

I have decided to work on this and the resulting idea(s) was to journal a question/prompt each day.

Every morning I will post a question/prompt along with my answer. I would really enjoy it if you would also take time to respond to the questions you find worthwhile to respond to.

This little project is going to be hosted on my Tumblr account @ http://coffeechug.tumblr.com/

I have posted a prompt for today so head on over and take a peak.

One more thing to add to my plate, but one that will be a great way to start off my day each morning.

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UStream Testing 1.2.3…

Trying to figure out how to work this UStream to help us record and broadcast our classroom as we learn some Italian. This is not a very good video, but it is designed for me to make sure I have everything ready to go for tomorrow.

Check it out here

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10900779

Here is the link for the broadcast of the classroom.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/elp-italy-lesson—4th-grade-elp

Last, here is the Coffeechug and the Little Lattes wiki link. This is very rough right now. I have only put about 20 minutes of time into it, but will give you an idea of what I am thinking. Very open to ideas and suggestions.

http://coffeechug.wikispaces.com/

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My students need your vote! Egg Drop Challenge Commercials

For the last few weeks(I only see my awesome kids two days a week for ELP) my 5th grade students have been working on a new project of ours called, “Egg Drop Design Challenge”.

Overview

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This challenge has really forced them to collaborate as a team and really think through the process of keeping an egg safe. We launch our eggs on October 28th, 2010 at 10:30. I will be filming the results and posting, but before we test to see who the winner is we need your help.

Not only did they have to create a device to keep the egg safe, but I asked them to create a commercial to work on their writing and speaking skills. Below is a video that contains 5 commercials. The beginning takes you through some interviews leading up to the commercials. What we need from you is to view the video and vote for ONE team/commercial/device that you like best.

What is our goal? Hopefully, by next Thursday at 10:29 when the poll closes we are hoping for 500 votes if not more. Please only vote one time to not skew the voting percentages. Thank you for your time. These kids have worked hard and are putting their hard work to the test and broadcasting to you all. Let them feel your love. Leave positive comments and vote and spread the word!.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3925601/”>What is your favorite Egg Drop Design?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;”><a href=”http://polldaddy.com/features-surveys/”>customer surveys</a></span><br />

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