BPS Blog Update (Volume 9) – Helping Parents Support Summer Reading

Maybe it’s because they have just finished two-legs of horse racing’s triple crown (with the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness completed), but all I can think of right now is… ‘Down the stretch they come!”  

It is unbelievable that we  are under 20 school days left in our school year and will be into June next week. With this in mind, I wanted to share a great post from Pernille Ripp about helping parents support summer reading for their children. Pernille, a 7th grade teacher in Wisconsin, has some great advice for the parents of students at all grade levels in her post 
Parents – How to Help Your Child Love Reading Over the Summer.  I encourage you to share it with all of your parents in the closing weeks. If you are looking for a great read for the summer yourself, then I encourage you to check out Pernille’s Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students


Here are the latest posts on the Burlington Blog…

Day 141 – What We’re Up To: Quizlet Live! – Ms. Mirabella – MSMS Foreign Language

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Spring Break! – BPS Blog Update (Volume 8)

As we head into April vacation, I am not going to add anything here other than the last 20 posts from the BPS Blog (listed below). Have a great break!



Please continue to share posts with me via e-mail if you have something that you would like to see shared as the daily post!

Day 121 – BHS Spanish Students Visit Sprouts – BHS World Languages Blog


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New Keys to Literacy Blog and a Post on Behavior – BPS Blog Update (Volume 7)

It’s hard to believe that we are under 60 days left in the school year. Before a rundown of the most recent posts on the BPS blog, I wanted to share two things. First, I wanted to pass along the new Keys to Literacy (KTL) Blog that has been started as a resource to help with our implementation of Keys to Literacy in the middle and high school. The Keys in Burlington Blog will feature posts from the KTL Coaches as well as links to resources and student work. 


For elementary staff, I wanted to pass along a blog post that Director of Special Education Louise D’Amato passed along recently. The post – Why Ignoring May Backfire: Positive Alternatives for Disruptive Behavior – was written by Jessica Minahan who has consulted with some staff in the district. Here is a brief excerpt from the article that counters what we have been taught to do in order to deal with some disruptive students.

“…we’ve been taught when a student wants attention and we give it to them, we might be reinforcing the behavior. But it is not that simple. When a student a student seeks attention in disruptive ways, it may be due to underlying distress or uncomfortable feelings, such as anxiety. Ignoring the behavior can increase anxiety or discomfort and subsequently increase the student’s behavior.”

Please continue to share posts with me via e-mail if you have something that you would like to see shared as the daily post!
Day 96 – First Grade Book Reviews – Mr. Murphy – Fox Hill Library/Media Specialist

We’ve Passed The Midway Mark – BPS Blog Update (Volume 6)

Since the last update on January 3, we have cruised past the midway point of the year. In addition, the month of January was the busiest month of the year for the Burlington Blog with over 7,000 views.  It would be great to add some posts from sources that have not been highlighted yet this year.  Please drop me an e-mail with anything you would like have highlighted here. In addition, I would love to visit your classroom and share what you and your students are up to as I did with Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s students at Pine Glen.

Also don’t forget you can subscribe to the Burlington Blog Update on Flipboard by clicking here.








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BHS Devil’s Advocate Fall 2015 – BPS Blog Update (Volume 4)

The first edition of the BHS Devil’s Advocate for this year just came out and I wanted to share a site that allows you to embed something in PDF form on your blog or website with ease. The site is Scribd and it is free to join. The thing I like about it is that the formatting is better than what you would get from embed code Google Drive.

Devils Advocate Fall 2015

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/291092432/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true

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A New Search Tool For You and Your Students – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 19)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 19th post in the series.

During the Google Summit in Burlington this past weekend, I stumbled across a new resource that I thought would be useful for teachers as they support their students in doing research. A new tool called Choosito, allows students and teachers to avoid inappropriate sites and also search by grade level and reading level.  The two options for searching on Choosito are a web search and a library search. The library search gives access to a growing number of sites that have already been vetted by other educators and the web search provides a broader search that does not bring up sites that would be inappropriate for a library.

For a quick overview of Choosito, check out the two-minute video below.

Burlington Blog Update

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead – BPS Blog Update (Edition 15)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 15th post in the series.

With this being the first BPS Blog Update of 2015, I thought I would highlight a few statistics from the first half of the year. The BPS Blog was just short of 80,000 pageviews during the first half of the 2014-2015 school year.  Here’s a quick review of the top three posts from 2014. 


The students stole the spotlight with two of the top three posts during the first half of the 2014-15 school year. Seniors Kristen Johnson and Cat Hoyt had the most widely viewed posts with Francis Wyman IT Specialist Ben Schersten getting the staff on the board with his post on Chromebook shortcuts.

The one thing that is certain is that all of these posts are worth revisiting!

I Am Not A Barbie Girl – BHS Senior Kristin Johnson

3 Reasons Why Google Calendar is the Student Athlete’s Best Friend – Cat Hoyt, BHS Senior

#Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts – Ben Schersten, Francis Wyman IT Specialist


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I am looking forward to seeing all of the exciting things that are shared during the remainder of the year! Here are the first five posts from 2015! As always, feel free to drop me an e-mail if there is something you would like to see highlighted on the BPS Blog!

Sights and Sounds of the Season in BPS – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 14)

As we head into our December vacation, there are a lot of fun things happening with Winter Concerts at all of our schools and various pre-break celebrations. 

Enjoy the video below which has a few sounds from Burlington High today and a song from our Fox Hill Grade 4-5 Chorus! Have a restful break!




Here are the latest posts from the BPS Blog:


A Great Site For Making Accommodations on the iPad – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 10)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the tenth post in the series.


As we head into our only five-day week in a six-week stretch Here are the latest posts from the BPS Blog. 





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Some Interesting Posts I Read Last Week – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 9)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the ninth post in the series.

Before I get to the latest posts from the Burlington Public Schools Blog, I wanted to share a few interesting posts/articles that I stumbled across last week.  
  1. Google Search Tips Poster – Click on the link to the left to check out this great poster with some Google search modifiers that will help students get better results. I found this resource on a blog post by Vicki Davis on her Cool Cat Teacher site.
  2. What makes a good common core math question from the Hechinger Report – This is an interesting read on the nature of math problems in the common core era. Feel free to agree or disagree because it seems there is no longer one right answer when it comes to math problems 😉
  3. Some Socrative resources from Richard Byrne – Access More Than 1,000 Socrative Quizzes Sorted by Subject and a helpful video on the same topic –  How to Import Quizzes Into Your Socrative Account

    Burlington Blogs Update (Week 9)

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the quarter pole in this year’s school year! Time flies…and the great posts keep rolling in from all of the district blogs and websites! Highlights from this week include our first featured post from the Middle School Help Desk, and amazing video created by BHS Freshman Justin Varghese, and a great review of the music of BHS grad Eric Leva by BHS junior Timmy Sullivan.

Please keep those posts coming and if you aren’t a blogger, please feel free to forward any happenings from you or your classroom or any student work that you would like to show off and I will turn it into an original post for the BPS Blog.  






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