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How to Use This Wiki for Ed 213, Ed 214, and Ed 314/316

You have two major wikis to use in these classes. The literacymethods wiki contains content, and lots of it. It includes a lot of topics related to literacy, as might be expected, and it also contains information about many creative/art-based projects. There is a significant element of technology here, too. Just look at the list of pages to see the kinds of information you can find here. Think of it as your own personal Wikipedia. You are invited to add information that will benefit your colleagues and your teachers. This is our semioticstextbook, and your voice can be part of it.

The other wiki is your portfolio wiki. This is where you document what you have done in class, whether it is reflections, art works, thoughts, etc. You need a FREE account from in order to fully edit your page. PLEASE MAKE SURE ANYTHING YOU UPLOAD HAS A UNIQUE NAME (E.G., YOUR NAME AND THE TOPIC). Otherwise, if someone else uploads a picture or document with the same name, it will replace yours and you will be frustrated.

Here are links to your portfolio wikis.

Ed 213 Children's Literature Portfolio Wiki =

Ed 214 Arts in the Elementary Classroom Portfolio Wiki, Fall 2015==

Ed 314 Portfolio Wiki ==

New Stuff

Check out this neat article on lthe value of letting your mind wander....sometimes!

The Ohio Resource Center is a great place to find teacher resources:

Check out ideas for making instruments and making music with young children. This is a classic example of emergent curriculum: If the link doesn't work (and it probably won't.) , please cut and paste until I fix it.

And check this out if you are looking for information re: The Third Grade Guarantee. The info will help you understand the intent and impact of TGG in Ohio School's and will also provide you with solid reading strategies, assessment tools, instructional idea and more all aligned with with Ohio's ELA and Common Core Standards.

Tobie and I are working on a grant and we found an interesting document on how to write a good grant. It's posted under "Grant Writing" on this wiki.

There's a new page called "Standardized Testing Issues" that has a couple of interesting articles in relation to the inaccuracy of standardized tests.

Emergent Curriculum
What? You mean every learning experience is not necessarily planned in advance???? Take a look at the video overview. How would you describe an emergent We think that an emergent curriculum can be powerful in a university setting. What do you think? Can you think of a time you learned deeply because a teacher or other person supported your intellectual, social, emotional or other interests? Did the environment matter? Were relationships influential? Was it necessary for you to finish what you started, even if your interests moved elsewhere?

The Bed Brigade!

The Bed Brigade, a mission of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grove City, is an effort to give beds to those who don't have a bed to call their own in the Central Ohio area.

Below is the link to the St. John's Bed Brigade website which explains further the mission and purpose of this effort and includes reflections and pictures of those that have been touched by this ministry.

At this link, you can find the national movement for the Bed Brigade and how providing for low-income children can benefit them in terms of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, aggression and delinquency.

Education 214 is making and donating blankets, sheets, pillows, and other miscellaneous items that we can donate to this cause!

What's New and Different!

We post new things here for you to explore. Later they get placed on pages within the wiki (sometimes even their very own page), so they will always be available to you.

QR Codes
How to make business cards with QR codes that allow people easy access to a website.

Pi(e) Day
Information about pi and pie!!

The World Needs More Love Letters...Campus Cursive....what do you think?

I tripped upon this link today. There is no campus cursive group anywhere in Ohio. What do you think?
More love...more letters

You may find something worthwhile for your classroom on Edmodo.
Edmodo's Top Twenty Sites

It's talk like a teacher day

Strive to have meaningful conversations with your students every day. Here's an article to help you think about how you can support language development, communicate clearly and effectively, and avoid some common pitfalls of "teacher talk."Teacher Talk Learner Talk

More on talk in the classroom

Do you enjoy conversations? Discussions?

Do you believe with all your heart that talk in the classroom is important to the curriculum?

Are you interested in what children have to say?

Are you willing to become more aware of your own speech habits so that your communication with your students will not be hampered by unconscious obstacles? (I’m still working on 3 challenges: interrupting, interjecting, and anticipating!)

Do you see the connections between thinking and talking?

What if your students do not speak the standard, more widely accepted English that would ease their way through the myriad social, school, and work situations, ahead of them?

What do motivating teachers do? Enjoy discussions, use humor, draw on personal experiences, keep open minds, invite students to teach the teacher

Dedicate a place in your classroom to be beautiful space or a funny or a calming space.

Share an online "Picture of the Day. Make time to talk with the children about they see in the photo? What’s happening” How does the photo make your feel
If the person in this picture could talk, what would he or she say?

Make believe you are in the picture? What do you see? Smell? Hear? How to you feel?

Current events space

Collections space....

Sharing…teacher as sharer

When students are speaking…natural voice, can you be heard, are you looking as us, did you organize your talk, do you know what your want to say, did you make your talk interesting?

I wonder….I wonder if caterpillars know that they are going to turn into butterflies: I wonder if the ocean freezes?

Here's an instant poem to complete:

I used to...
But now I....

I used to...
But now... I

I used to...
But now I.....

Rabbits and Cheeses and Hares…Oh My!

What difference does a word make? Vocabulary! Vocabulary! Vocabulary!

When you begin your field experience next month, you may find that your cooperating teacher has a strong way of building the students' vocabulary both in terms of academic language words like compare, contrast, synthesize, analyze, organize, replicate, etc. and rich content vocabulary (terms like genus, incubation, atmosphere, monarchy), Please spend some of your time in the field figuring out useful ways to expand the students' vocabulary even more while you are in the classroom. vocabulary building might be a juicy topic for your research project. Please see Education Week article linked below.

lMore words, please!!!!!

Hunk and Chunk with Phonic Dance

While learning about the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Reading, a teaching friend told me about The Phonics Dance, which is a pretty motivating, way to teach explicit phonics for word decoding.

One to watch right now:

Try Googling Phonics Dance. You will find a ton of resources!

Draw a Stick Person Interactive Stories

There is something irresistible about drawing a stick person who becomes animated and involved in life-threatening situations. Possibilities abound for teaching story structure, vocabulary, predicting, comprehension and more!

We've added a page for FORMS.

Leveling Books lots of good information, shared with 314/316 by our OSU grad crew.

Interview with Nancie Atwell!

Portfolio Wikis

Education 314 and 316

Spring 2013:

Education 214

Creativity Crises article (Daily Beast), or why this course is really important!

Grant Writing

Look on our Grant Writing page for information on grant writing from Capital University's Meaghan Ventura.


We have a new page! Tinkering is a great joy in life and also a great way to learn.

Call Me Maybe

Get to know Capital's services through this great video!

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Your Personal Literacy Coach

Navigating This Wiki

To the right are the navigation tools. You can use the search box to find any word or phrase that you like. Below that is a list of pages in this wiki. Finally, below the page list is a tag cloud of tags for each page. Feel free to add tags to wiki pages.

For iPad users who can't see the navigation to the right, here is the list of pages:

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  2. Addressing the Needs of All Students
  3. Advice for Students in Ed 214
  4. Alternatives to Standard Writing Genres
  5. Animation
  6. Appalachian Culture
  7. Arduino
  8. Assessment Without Tears
  9. Authority and Power in the Classroom
  10. Bach, J.S.
  11. Backward Design
  12. Ballad Projects
  13. Baseball Cards
  14. Basketweaving
  15. Beading
  16. Big Data RFL
  17. Bluegrass
  18. Blues
  19. Books That Involve Music
  20. Botany and Fencing
  21. bouziddihyacatchupexam
  22. Bricolage and a Bricoleur
  23. Bully Writing
  24. Calligraphy
  25. Cambourne's Conditions for Learning
  26. Capital University
  27. Capital University Education Alumni Page!
  28. Capital University Student Teacher Handbook
  29. Cardboard
  30. Carnival Poetry
  31. Celtic Knots
  32. Children of the Code
  33. Children's Literature
  34. Children's Writing
  35. Choice Words
  36. Choose Your Own Adventure
  37. Choral Reading
  38. Cigar Box Instruments
  39. Classroom Drama
  40. Classroom Management
  41. Claymation
  42. Coding
  43. Cognitive Theory
  44. Comic Strips and Books
  45. Composer Scavenger Hunt
  46. Comprehension
  47. Computer Aided Design
  48. Crafty Connections
  49. Creative Tools (online apps)
  50. Creativity
  51. Critical Thinking
  52. Dictionaries
  53. Digging Deeper with Benjamin Bloom
  54. Disco and Rainbows
  55. Domestic Violence Shelter Project
  56. Draw a Stick Person
  57. Dream Flags
  58. Duct Tape
  59. Early Childhood
  60. Ed 214 survey
  61. Ed 214 Syllabus
  62. Ed 214 Topics
  63. Ed 314 and 316 self assessment
  64. Ed 314 and 316 Survey
  65. Ed 314 and 316 Syllabus
  66. Ed 314 Topics Fall 2014
  67. Ed 315 Math
  68. Ed 371 Creative Project
  69. Ed 371 FAQ
  70. Ed 371 Final
  71. Ed 371 Reading for Learning
  72. Editing
  73. Education Logo
  74. Effective Parent-Teacher Communication
  75. Eight Page Book
  76. Emergent Curriculum
  77. English Language Learners
  78. Envelope Puppets
  79. Environmental Print
  80. Etymology
  81. Feedback for Students
  82. Field Placement Form
  83. Fill in the Blank Writing
  84. First Day in the Classroom
  85. Flash Dance at Columbus Public Library
  86. Flat Juliette's Visit to Capital
  87. Fluency
  88. Foodie Fridays
  89. Forms
  90. Funds of Knowledge
  91. Gakology
  92. Grammar
  93. Grant Writing
  94. Greek
  95. Halliday's Theory of Language
  96. Handwriting
  97. Health Education
  98. Hockey and Superheroes
  99. home
  100. Imaginative Education
  101. Instructables
  102. Interactive Whiteboards
  103. Ish
  104. Jarel Francis
  105. Job Seeking
  106. Journal Writing
  107. Junior Pedagogy Spring 2014
  108. Ken Robinson
  109. Kinesthetic Movement Songs
  110. KWL Charts
  111. Language Development
  112. Language Registers
  113. Learning How to Learn
  114. Lee and Grant ideas
  115. Letter to Teacher
  116. Literacy Development
  117. Making books
  118. Math and Beauty
  119. Metacognition
  120. Motivation
  121. Music Education Advocacy
  122. Music Teaching Standards Project
  123. Music Tools
  124. Music Visualization
  125. Musical Instruments from Recycled Materials
  126. My Story
  127. National Anthem Project
  128. No, David!
  129. Noam Chomsky
  130. Ohio Standards
  131. Online class survey
  132. Oogoo
  133. Open Educational Resources
  134. Opera
  135. Opera 2010!
  136. Passing the Praxis PLT
  137. Patterns
  138. Pedagogy Placement Form
  139. Pep Talks from Tobie
  140. Persuasive Songs
  141. Phonemic Awareness
  142. Phonics
  143. Pi(e)
  144. Planning Short Term and Long Term for Learning
  145. Play Party Songs
  146. Poetry
  147. Portfolio wikis
  148. Presidential Poetry
  149. Progress on Our New Classroom
  150. Punctuation
  151. Pysanky
  152. QR Codes
  153. Queen Elizabeth
  154. Quilting in the Classroom
  155. Readability
  156. Reader's Theater
  157. Reading
  158. Reading and Writing Workshop Resources
  159. Reading Intervention Materials
  160. Reading Praxis
  161. Reading Writing Connection
  162. Reiki
  163. Renaissance Instruments
  164. Research
  165. Resources
  166. Rigor
  167. Rounds
  168. School in the Cloud
  169. School Safety
  170. Science
  171. Science of Tie Dye
  172. Seminar Proposal
  173. Semiotics and Semiotic Systems
  174. Seuss
  175. Smart Board Alumni Students
  176. Smartboard Current Students
  177. Smartboard project
  178. Smartboard Survey
  179. Social Stories
  180. Songs as Cultural Artifacts
  181. Songs for Learning
  182. Spelling
  183. Square Dancing
  184. Stained Glass and other dangerous things
  185. Standardized Testing Issues
  186. Storyboards
  187. Storytelling
  188. Strategies for Teaching Young Children
  189. Sugata Mitra and Self Organized Learning Environments
  190. Teaching
  191. teaching factors
  192. Teaching Literacy in Ohio
  193. Technology
  194. Technology C.
  195. TED Talks
  196. Tessellations Topography Symmetry
  197. Tie Dye
  198. Tinkering
  199. Tobie
  200. Troubleshooting the Reading Process
  201. Troubleshooting the Writing Process
  202. Tundra and the Seasons
  203. Urban Education
  204. Using the Arts in Education
  205. Video
  206. Video Games Make Your Own
  207. Virtual Keyboard
  208. Vocabulary
  209. Vygotsky
  210. Web Resources for Teaching
  211. What is a Wiki
  212. Widgets on a Wiki!
  213. Woodworking
  214. Word Play
  215. Workshops
  216. Writing and Teaching Writing
  217. Writing Books
  218. Writing Process