November 22

Our Holidays and Celebrations

For the Week 7 Blogging Challenge, I asked my students to complete Task #1, to describe a favorite family holiday or celebration.   Since we live in the United States (Ohio), we realize that there may be some things that we celebrate with our families that are not celebrated in other areas of the world, or others may celebrate the same holiday, but in a different manner.  To help our visitors to understand how they celebrate with their families, I asked my students to share their favorite on a Flipgrid video.

We would love to hear about YOUR favorite holiday and how you celebrate with your family. You can leave a note in the comments, or if you’d like, you can create a short video on the Flipgrid.

November 15

Fun with Emojis-Week 6 Challenge

For this week’s challenge, I gave my students the choice of which task they would like to complete with Emojis.  They seemed to enjoy this week’s challenge quite a bit!  All did a great job, but here are a few I chose to feature:

Feel free to see what they created with Emojis this week!

November 1

Student Blog Showcase

We just finished Week 4 of the Student Blogging Challenge.  This week was a Free Choice week and students were able to create a blog post on a topic of their choice.  For my Free Choice, I decided to feature some of the great work my students have been doing on their blogs.  I asked my students to suggest a few of their classmates’ blog posts to showcase, and here are their suggestions:

Gena has written a nice post suggesting things to do in New York City.  Blaine had fun with creating a snowman image for the Week 3 Challenge.  Evey argues why Minecraft and Fortnite should not be compared.  Maddox tells about his favorite sport and Ella offers some great book suggestions.

Visit their blogs and leave them a comment!

October 25

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament!

Veterans Day is coming soon, and that means it’s time for McDowell students and staff to once again show our support to our local veterans in need. In the last few years, McDowell has been very successful in collecting canned food items to donate. This year, instead of collecting food, we would like to raise money to donate to the Military Veterans Resource Center.  We have set a goal to raise $800 to donate. The Military Veterans Resource Center will then use that money to purchase food for veterans.

In order to help with our fundraising efforts, McDowell Student Council will be hosting a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament for McDowell Students next Friday, Nov. 1.  To encourage participation from ALL students, the entry fee to join the tournament will be just $1! You may also pay an additional $1 to go to the Loser’s round of the tournament in order to stay in the tournament.  Students must preregister for the tournament during lunch on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of next week.age

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October 11

Meet our Blogging Challenge Participants!

Greetings from Ohio! Once again, I have entered my class blog in the Student Blogging Challenge. I am excited to connect with other classrooms from around the world. This year, my Advanced Language Arts students are also participating in the Challenge with their Google Sites. We created a Padlet wall to introduce those students to the world. You can find a link to their Google Site in the Blogroll. We invite you to visit and drop a comment!

Made with Padlet
September 29

Has it really been 10 years?!

We’re taking part in the Student Blogging Challenge!

Has it really been 10 years since I first enrolled my class blog in the Student Blogging Challenge? Back then, I was teaching 5th grade Language Arts at Laurelville Elementary. I then taught two years of 5th grade Math at Laurelville before moving on to McDowell Middle School to teach 7th grade Language Arts. I am now in my ninth year of teaching at McDowell.

There has been a lot of personal change for me, as well, over those years. My husband and I are officially “empty nesters” since our daughters, Hannah and Molly, are now in college! Hannah is a senior at Miami University, majoring in Middle Childhood Education. Molly is a sophomore at Marietta College and is currently undecided on her major. We have grieved as our beloved dogs, Rambo, Hank, and Riley crossed the Rainbow Bridge and we now have two new dogs, Willy and Dodge.  And six years ago, the passing of my father rocked my world.

Although a lot has changed, some things have remained constant. I still love teaching, am proud to be a Brave, and I still am blessed with having the best students walk into my classroom each day. Connecting with my students and connecting with the world outside of my classroom is still a priority for me as a teacher. Because of this,  I am once again enrolling my class blog as well as my students’ blogs in the Blogging Challenge.

I hope you come back to see what we’ve been up to and as always, we welcome your comments!

December 11

Student Spotlight Post

Have you ever wondered what other students see when they look out of their classroom window?  Students are blogging all over the world and those views are quite different depending on where they live.  Jessica has written a nice post describing here view from her classroom window.

Here is the beginning of her post titled “What Is The View Outside Your Classroom Window??”

What is your view outside your classroom window? I live in the country so my view is different from those who live in the city. When I look outside my classroom window, I see…

To find out exactly what Jessica sees, check out her blog.  Also, her blog has been nominated for the best student blog in the Student Blogging Challenge.  If you like what you see, be sure to vote for Jessica’s blog!

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September 28

Blogging Challenge

My Advanced Language Arts students are participating in the 2014 Student Blogging Challenge.  Some students are experienced bloggers while others are giving it a try for the very first time.  It’s going to be fun and exciting watching these students develop their blogs and their writing skills!  I welcome you to check out their blogs, read their posts, leave comments, and revisit often throughout the year!

Alexis’ Amazing Site

Alexis’ Blog

Avery’s ABC’s of 7th Grade

Blaze’s Blog

Bryce’s Beast Blog

Carrie’s Creative Script

Cassie’s Creative Writing

Charles’ Cove

Erica’s Blog

Evan’s Sideline Pass

Gavin’s Dugout

Isabelle’s Interests

Jessica’s Jammin’ Journal

Jonah’s Out of this World Blog

Natasha’s Nifty News

Paige’s Page Turners

Syd’s Sayings

Tatum’s Terrific Ideas

Wild Wyatt’s Website

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February 21

Up for the Challenge!

Although all of my students have their own blog, there are a few students who are up for the Student Blogging Challenge hosted by Edublogs.  These students have shown a desire to improve their blogging skills and put in some extra effort on their blogs beyond what is required in my classroom.  Their blogs are listed on the Student Blogs 2013.  Please feel free to check out their blogs and leave them a comment! Students participating from McDowell Exchange School are:


Emily A.






Caleb W



Emily R.

Caleb L.

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