Total Results: 22

Kristie Ennis May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

Switching Gears: An End of the Year Reflection

As my 11th full year in public education comes to a close, I find myself on the precipice of a new beginning. I am moving to a new state, resigning from my current position, and seeking a new start. This is terrifying, exciting, and crazy all at ...

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Carol Varsalona May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Wonder Bundle #3: Uninspired?

“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr. Have you ever felt uninspired? Is your creativity on slow drive? Are you frustrated by these feelings when you try to write? Is writer's ...

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Carol Varsalona Apr 15, 2017

Apr 15, 2017

Creativity and Wonder

Creativity and wonder move in accordance from season to season. While winter has transitioned into springtime, I continue to write daily to spark the imagination. I spend worthwhile time noticing and wondering about my surroundings. Perhaps, you do ...

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Kristie Ennis Feb 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Sharing Wonderopolis with ELA Professionals

This weekend, my conference planning came to a reality. While there are many things I plan to change for KCTE 2018, I feel confident that it was a success overall. It was amazing to share Wonderopolis and Wonder Ground with 150+ English/Language ...

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Delsia Malone Jan 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

Today is such a historic moment in our democracy. Witnessing the transition in power from outgoing President Barack Obama to President-elect Donald Trump is so majestic. On this day in our nation’s history, it has always been a respectful ...

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Delsia Malone Dec 10, 2016

Dec 10, 2016

Ways to Wonder

Imagine a child who is not curious. I can not. Imagine any of us going through a day without amazement or wonder at the things in the world around us. I can not. It is very beautiful to live in this world noticing, appreciating, and engaging with ...

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Jennifer McDonough Oct 19, 2016

Oct 19, 2016

The Power of Observational Walks for Writers

To be a writer, means to live with your senses wide open as you notice and explore the world around you. Less and less schools are becoming a place for this, and have become more about “what do you remember about what I taught you so you are ...

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Carol Varsalona Sep 11, 2016

Sep 11, 2016

Sharing Acts of Kindness on September 11th

Today is the remembrance of September 11, 2001. You might wish to share a random act of kindness as a gesture of good will and human spirit. For younger learners, speaking about kindness may be a way to soften the discussion of the tragedy of that ...

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Carol Varsalona Sep 4, 2016

Sep 4, 2016

Telling Our Stories Digitally

Telling our stories through photographs is a practice that has been ongoing since the camera became a prized possession. What is interesting is that there is an element of "play" surrounding story now.Creating a story, such as the last hurrah of ...

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NCFL Aug 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

Louisville library taps into the spirit of the Olympics to finish Camp Wonderopolis

Six libraries across the nation were awarded $1,500 grants, NCFL training, and Youth and Family Campsite Kits to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming this summer, thanks to generous support from Better World Books. These libraries provided Maker ...

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Jennifer McDonough Jul 18, 2016

Jul 18, 2016

Creating a Wonder House

The Wonder HouseAlthough I have my own great ideas and intentions, most of the time I find that the best ideas come from the students themselves. As we were working to create a wonder filled classroom environment, I decided the best thing to do ...

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Delsia Malone Jul 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016

Fun with Fractions

What can happen when a ten year old visits? I always have a great time with my niece. Whenever Kacey visits, I never know where her wonders will lead. On a recent visit, Kacey shared with me an app that her fourth grade teacher used. Kacey explained ...

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Jennifer McDonough Jun 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016

A Place for Wonder: Creating Wonder Walls

We all know that feeling when we are knee deep in a lesson, most everyone is engaged and you call on that one student whose hand is eagerly raised and has a question that has nothing to do with the concept being discussed at that time. Ugh. It is ...

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Kristie Ennis Jun 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Wonder Retreat Set Our Brains on Fire

Feeling so thankful this week as I can finally take a break to sit down and think about all the ideas I got at the retreat with my amazing Wonder Lead Ambassador team. At first, I was a bit bummed that the retreat was in Louisville, since I live ...

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Jennifer McDonough Apr 30, 2016

Apr 30, 2016

Observation Window

Creating an observation window is a simple way to start transforming your classroom into a place for wonder. I simply took bulletin board border and taped it around one section of my window. I put a notebook and set of colored pencils by the ...

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Lisa Silmser Apr 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016

Deep Purple Questions

This week the world lost a musical icon and it seems my whole state is in a purple haze of mourning. My students are generations beyond the days of Prince's early Grammy winning albums, but they know about him and are alert to his impact. "Dr. ...

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