Wendy's Writing Project Blog

Heaven or Hell August 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — uiwpwendy @ 1:44 pm

A Virginia Beach sunrise

I can’t decide where my vacation is taking me. Things seemed to be going fine following a 540 mile drive on Saturday… until my dad backed into a car in a parking lot. I was enjoying my Sunday at Jamestown and Yorktown… until we saw flashing lights in the rear view mirror for going the wrong way on a one way, deserted scenic drive that was lacking escape routes. Last night my mother, after two glasses of wine, decided to give me (and certainly others trying to enjoy their nice meal) indigestion after announcing to the restaurant that ‘we’ were a Fox News family. Instead of inciting a riot, I decided to excuse myself from the table. And this morning, as I wait for the sun to rise over the Atlantic, I am witness to an professional public urinater. What makes him a pro, you ask? Instead of taking a more obvious path of relieving himself in the ocean, he targeted a lifeguard tower, took aim underneath, then accessed the lifeguard shovel to cover it up. I’m tempted to call it a considerable move, but I doubt it is something that happens in heaven.

 

Annie and Moby Strike Again August 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — uiwpwendy @ 1:21 am

If you haven’t explored BrainPOP recently, now is a perfect time to consider doing so… specifically BrainPOP Jr. I received their summer newsletter today, and was giddy to see a new lesson on Blogs. I thought maybe a few UIWP fellows might be interested as well. You will have to sign up for a free trial to view it, but I promise it is worth the time. For those unfamiliar with BrainPOP, hosts Annie and Moby always do an excellent job presenting content to youngsters. They highlight the pause button throughout the video to promote classroom discussion at key points. There are always follow-up activities, games, jokes, quizzes, etc., for each lesson as well. It doesn’t provide the deepest inquiry and complexity that we aim for, so I would use it sparingly; but the kids LOVE it!

I think they may have convinced me that a classroom blog would be a good addition this year. I’m off to try out the free Featured Movie app.