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Teacher Portfolio: Rob Stone
a Northern Nevada teacher shares on-line lessons and ideas

This I believe…These are exciting times in which to teach and learn. The world is changing before our eyes and, in the process, offering both teachers and students a tremendous amount of opportunity to learn and grow. However, with opportunity comes responsibility, which makes for thrilling challenges…for both of us.

The way I see it, these are our roles in these exhilarating times…

My responsibility: I need to recognize that you are a different kind of learner than has ever entered a classroom. You communicate much more than past generations, via texting, emailing, skyping, facebook, youtube, etc. Your world is one of constant stimulation and engagement. You have information at your fingertips. You are curious, creative and energetic. You want to learn new things and are excited to experiment with life and experience life. You are skeptical about what school can offer and in some ways have lost hope that school can be personally relevant and meaningful to you. Once I understand that, I need to focus on helping you channel that energy in creative ways and provide you with a safe and engaging environment where you can learn and grow. Ultimately, I need to meet you where you are and provide you with authentic, relevant learning experiences that are useful, meaningful and fun. In short, I can’t teach the way you’ve always been taught.

Your responsibility: You need to be ready and anxious to learn but also willing to invest a piece of yourself into your education. You need to come prepared, listen carefully and genuinely engage in the opportunities I provide. You need to meet me where I am and trust me to guide you through authentic experiences. You need to use your mind, your heart and your voice. You need to be hungry to learn. In short, you can’t learn the way you’ve always learned.

If each of us believes in and commits to these responsibilities we can do magic…

Rob also hosts WritingFix's

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Rob recommends:

goodreads.com


www.37days.com

On Rob's Bookshelf...

Poetry Matters
by Ralph Fletcher

Nine of Rob's Lessons at WritingFix:

Mentor Text: With My Own Two Hands, sung by Ben Harper

Focus Trait: Idea Development

Support Trait: Voice

Lesson:
Death Personified

Mentor Text: The Book Thief by Markus Zuska

Focus Trait: Voice

Support Trait: Idea Development

Mentor Text: Cats in the Cradle, sung by Harry Chapin

Focus Trait: Idea Development

Support Trait: Voice


Lesson:
Creating a School Survival Guide

Mentor Text: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Focus Trait: Voice

Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson:
My Adidas

Mentor Text: My Adidas, sung by Run DMC

Focus Trait: Idea Development

Support Trait: Organization

Mentor Text: Yesterday by the Beatles, Today by the Smashing Pumpkins, and Tomorrow from the Annie Soundtrack

Focus Trait: Idea Development
Support Trait: Word Choice


Mentor Text: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, sung by Gordon Lightfoot

Focus Trait: Voice

Support Trait: Idea Development

Lesson:
Just Because Poems

Mentor Text: Lord of the Flies by William Golding (excerpt from chapter 2)

Focus Trait: Voice

Support Trait: Idea Development

Mentor Text: Cookie Jar, sung by Jack Johnson

Focus Trait: Idea Development

Support Trait: Voice

Other Teachers' Poetry Lessons that Rob Uses:

Mentor Text: So Much Depends Upon by William Carlos Williams and Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Focus Trait: Voice

Support Trait: Word Choice

Mentor Text: I Gotta Name, sung by Jim Croce

Focus Trait: Idea Development

Support Trait: Word Choice

Mentor Text: This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams and This is Just to Say by Joyce Sidman

Focus Trait: Sentence Fluency

Support Trait: Idea Development

 

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