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Kevin Hodgson
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A teacher and explorer and writer
A teacher and explorer and writer

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Kevin Hodgson commented on a post on Blogger.
Sand soft,
underneath,
the water
rippling between
outstretched toes.
The dead of winter
brings longing
of ocean currents
and barefoot
wonders.

--Kevin, with snow still in the yard.

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I struggle with this, too. When we moved into standards-based reporting, we noticed a HUGE drop-off in motivation of students, who used to work hard for the grade but now care little for meeting standards. Your post reminds me that we all need to be entertainers as well as educators, finding interest points to get them engaged, and in doing so, become invested in their work.
Kevin

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Last two weeks? Working on report cards. We handed them out yesterday, so I know what your weekend is looking like. Be sure to get outside and play for a bit.
Kevin

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Your observations about punctuation, run-on sentences, capital letters brings up the issue of blogging and audience, in my mind. Not trying to be a dud here but ... if we want kids to write for a real audience of peers, how much do we focus on conventions? They don't write that way with texts and snaps and such. In other words, are they writing for you, the teacher, or for peers and readers? I don't have an answer, and agree with you on clarity of writing. But I often see this as a sort of knot of conflict between how we use digital writing with students, and how we frame an audience that is authentic for them. I suspect we, teachers, try to find the middle of the tightrope -- you are writing for other students and readers in the world, but you need to write in a way that others can read and understand ... and don't lose your "voice" while doing so.
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Kevin

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Any party needs positivity (except for some political parties, I guess)

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Ha .. the perfect kind of gift to melt the frustrated heart (of moms and dads everywhere)
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Finding peace and solace .. quieting the mind to notice the world ... these are ways to make sure we make the most of every day, as best as we can.
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Kevin Hodgson commented on a post on Blogger.
The Lorax is my old friend, too, and I think I wrote about reading it to my son for the first year I did Slice of Life -- It was the first Slice I ever did! http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2008/03/01/slice-of-life-chapter-one/ (Just dug it up)
Kevin
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