Web-Based Games and Apps

  • Create a blog entry for the Web-based Games module. How might you integrate games into your classroom? How could use of support in-class instruction, perhaps remediation? How might you use games for formative assessment? What advantages are their to integrating games? What are the disadvantages? Were there any age restrictions to the games you reviewed


Hello everyone!

Can you believe it is almost the end of the school year? As we prepare for finals I have been introducing web-based games to my students. These games will help them study for upcoming finals that are less than a month away. This is why I have been introducing web-based games in class. All of the following games are geared more towards middle school and high school students.

A game that hfreerice-screen.jpghas been used in class is “Free Rice.” “Free Rice”  is a website that donates ten grains of rice every time a question is answered right. There are different topics of questions that can be answered. This week, we have been using this website in class for vocabulary and grammar. This week we are really focusing on grammar because I know most of my students have not learned it. “Free Rice” is a fun and educational way to do that.

Here is more about this website.

In class this week I had my students take a grammar quiz. The ones who performed poorly, I made them get on “Free Rice” during some free time and had them practice their grammar. Once they have completed a set amount of questions, then I will let them retake the quiz. This is more of a tool for practice than a formal assessment. The disadvantage of this is that you can not personally create the questions for your class.

Another game that has been used in class this week is called English Grammar Test. This app is very useful for practice because there are 15-20 topics that can be practiced. There are also many different stages that need to be completed. When a stage is unnamedcompleted, the student can see their progress. This can help support my teaching by seeing what my students know and need to work on.

This can be used for remediation by having my students work on skills that they did not do so well on. I can have my students do this after exams or quizzes, they can even do it as preparation for the tests and quizzes. The advantages of this app is that students can work on various grammar skills. A disadvantage of this app is that I cannot track the progress of my students. This app has been very helpful to my students.

The last web-based game I have introduced this week is called “Grammar Ninja.” This game focuses on parts of speech such as; nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, and many more. Each student can pick the difficulty that they would like to do. The difficulty does affect what parts of speech that will be looked for. This can support my teaching by making learning parts of speech fun. My students will be engaged in what they are ninja2learning.

This game will not serve as an assessment, but as review for an assessment. This can be used as practice for students who struggle with basic grammar. The advantage of this game is that it is engaging and fun. A disadvantage of this game is that there are not many different parts of speech to find.

Here is a link to “Grammar Ninja” if you would like to try it out.

I hope you all have a good weekend!

~Ms. Bekah


Interactivity Tools


Hello everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having. This week in class we have been exploring interactivity tools. This week we Infrastructure-Imghave been specifically using PollEverywhere, quizizz, socrative, and kahoot. All of these tools I have used in class this week are appropriate for high schoolers.

PollEverywhere is a tool that helps to keep my students engaged. When I present new material to my class, I can have questions that follow. My students then can respond with their devices and I can see how many student
s are learning the content.  I can even post a question and leave it open ended. My students, if they know the answer, can answer the question or ask a question. No names pop up on the screen and these polls can be integrated in my presentations. The polls are also live view and if you wish to change your answer you may. I can also integrate photos into the polls to make it more interesting. These things mentioned above are all advantages to this tool.

A disadvantage of this tool is that I cannot see the names of the students who got the answer incorrect. This is very important to me because I can see who understands the content and who does not. This tool may also become distracting, especially since the students need a device to access it.

Here is a review of PollEverywhere by educators.

Quizizz is another tool that we have used in class this week. This tool times each question. As the time goes down, so does the value of the points that each participant can earn. This tool has been used after new content has been presented and the day before a test or quiz. This will help me see if my students learned something from the lesson or are confused. Quizizz will also keep my students engaged by giving them a time limit to answer the questions. By setting this time limit, it will force my students to reflect on what they learned. It will also make them see the information again. This will help my students retain the information better.

A disadvantage of Quizizz is the time limit. By putting a time limit on students, it could potentially stress out some students. This could cause them to answer the questions wrong because of the pressure they feel.

Socrative is like Quizizz but their is no time limit. As a teacher, I can watch my students answer questions through my computer. This will help me see what questions my students are getting stuck on. I can also pull up results up on a graph to see what most of my students answered. This will help me put together what I need to go over in class. By having this self-paced, students will not feel as pressured and may do better on a self-paced quiz.

A disadvantage of this tool is that students can use a different name and that will make it hard to identify which student is which. Overall, this is one of my favorite tools to use. It is different from the other two mentioned above.

KahootKahoot_colours-35! is the last tool that we have used in class this week. Kahoot! is the easiest interactivity tool I have used in class. My students enjoy the kahoot! quizzes and get into what the topic of the quiz is. Kahoot! has a time limit and when the time decreases so do the points. This tool also allows pictures to be integrated into the questions. This tool can be accessed from a phone or a computer, but the computer is more reliable. There are only allowed to be four answer choices, which is beneficial to the students. The quizzes are easy to create so it is not time consuming.

A disadvantage of this tool is that you cannot add an open response option. If there is an open ended question then there is a better chance students will get points instead of not gaining any.

Here is a link that compares quizizz, kahoot!, and socrative.

That is just an overview of the interactivity tools we have been using in class.


~Ms. Bekah

Presentation Tools in a Flipped Classroom

Hello everyone!

This week in class we will be using the flipped classroom model. A flipped classroom is where the students watch the lectures at home and homework, discussion, projects, exercises are done in class. There are advantages to a flipped classroom because there will be more time that can be spent on the material. Students will be able to get more out of class by knowing material ahead of time. Deeper discussions can take place and specific questions can be answered in class.

One tool we will be used in class is called Blendspace. Blendspace is a tool that is used to create lesson and it is free! There is an equivalent to a slide on this tool. I can incorporate YouTube videos, pictures, websites, on blendspace and put it in my lesson. I can even search for other lessons from other teachers and use those. The advantage of that is if my students need another resource they can view those other resources created.

Once a student has finished going through the lesson I will be creating an assessment. I can created an assessment as a way to test what my students have learned in Blendspace. This assessment will consist of multiple choice and open ended questions. The very last question on this assessment will be one for any questions or comments. This way I can keep track of what my students are learning and struggling with. This will determine what we go over in class. tumblr_inline_ms24slCgJm1qz4rgp-20a7k2o.png

The advantages to this tool is that it is very easy to use and free. If I were to assign an assignment using this source I believe my students would not struggle very much using it. A disadvantage of this tool is that it may be tempting to use someone else’s lesson instead of creating your own.

The second resource that will be introduced in class this week is called Zaption. I personally liked this tool better than Blendspace because it was even easier and faster to use. Zaption takes a video from anywhere on the internet and allows the instruction to add in questions during it. These questions can be anywhere from multiple choice to short answer. One thing I really like about this tool is that students and the teacher can have a discussion about the video through Zaption. This is handy because if there are any immediate questions then students can post them immediately instead of waiting to the end and forgetting.

The assessment would be built into the video which I like because I will know if my students were paying attention. That is a huge advantage because that is basically what Zaption is all about. Another advantage is that this tool is easy to use. A disadvantage of this site is that it does not give instant feedback or any feedback at all. I believe that feedback is important so my students will know what they missed it and why.

In the link is an examplezaption.png of a Zaption I created.

I believe both of these tools are appropriate for middle school and high schoolers. These flipped classroom tools are overall effective. These tools could even be used if there was as snow day, and instead of making it up the work can be done in those tools.

~Ms. Bekah

Creativity Tools

Hello everyone!

As we approach spring break I would like to reflect on some creativity tools that we have been using in class.

Over the past few weeks we have been using


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in class. VoiceThread is an online tool that can be used as a way to narrate stories and or lessons. I believe VoiceThread is appropriate for high schoolers because it is more complex than other tools. We have been using this in class when Shakespeare’s Hamlet was being introduced. I took the characters and put a picture and quote with them. I then became the character and talked how I thought they would about what they would. This way I could make the character come to life for my students.

After we had finished the first act of Hamlet (summary in hyperlink) I then had my students mock what I had done. I challenged them to take a character and bring them into their generation. I asked them questions such as; what would they be like, how would they act, what job would they have, etc and create a life for them. This helped my students understand the characters in the play better and also exercise their creativity. An advantage of using this tool would be that my students would be learning how to use a new tool. A disadvantage of this tool is that


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Another tool that I have been using in the classroom is called Animoto. Animoto is very similar to PowerPoint because you set up separate “slides.”YouTube clips are also able to be integrated
into presentations.  The differences is that when you present it, it is more like a video because of how it flows. When I first introduced this tool to my class, we were talking about archetypes. I used Harry Potter and took certain archetypes from there. I believe that since most of my students have either read this or have seen the movies, that this would be an effective way to present this material.

An assignment that I had my students do was to take take a fairy tale and pull out the archetypes that were found. My students could choose any fairy tale they wanted, classics or even newer fairy tales. This helped my students realize archetypes are everywhere. It also helped develop a better understanding to their meanings.

This tool is useful because it is a new way to do projects. It is also more like a video than a PowerPoint, so the video will say it all. A disadvantage of this tool is the limited character space that is given. Students may not be able to develop their ideas as deeply as they would like or should.

YouTube was the last tool that was used in class. YouTube was used for clips that relate to lessons that were taught in class. For example, I show crash course videos in my class over grammar concepts and overviews of books we are about to read. YouTube can also be incorporated into both Animoto and VoiceThread as well. An advantage of  YouTube is that my students have easy access to educational videos. A disadvantage of this is that it can be a distraction. There are a bunch of YouTube videos that are for pleasure and not educational purposes.

Have a great break!

~Ms. Bekah

Presentation Tools


Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break! As we resume classes I want to inform you of what is coming up in the next few weeks. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner was introduced using a different presentation tools this past week. I believe that all of these presentation tools are appropriate for high school students.

To introduce the book, I created an Emaze account. Emaze is a presentation tool that is used a lot like PowerPoint. Emaze uses templates to help create interactive presentations. Some of these templates are 3D and others are set up like newspapers.

Emaze was an experiment when creating this lesson. However, I believe that this was a successful experiment because my students were engaged throughout my presentation. I have assigned my students to use this tool. The topic will be on the background/time period of their favorite book. They will set up a short emaze presentation and present to the class. Emaze is a very good tool to use overall, but a disadvantage may be that the presentation could become distracting.

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that is being used in class is Prezi. Prezi is a lot like Emaze, but Prezi is a little harder to use. In this hyperlink you will have an example of what a Prezi looks like. Emaze allows for more to be embedded in the presentation, while Prezi is more restrictive. I use Prezi in the classroom for introducing new vocabulary words, word parts, and recaps of what was learned. I like this tool because you can use your own image as a background, and have a choice of where you want the Prezi to go next (direction wise).

Later on in the semester we will be doing a project that involves Prezi. The project will consist of taking a poem and analyzing it. This will be a group project and each group will get to choose a poem from the list. Each group will do research on the time period the poem was written in and information on the author. My goal is to get my students to have a better understanding of the poem and the context. This tool can be a disadvantage because you cannot add audio to a presentation.

Here is a link to see how Prezi, Emaze, and PowerPoint compare.

PowToon is another tool I am experimenting in class with. PowToon is a tool that is not a typical slideshow. PowToon uses animations to teach using audio that you record yourself or words that are typed. This is a good tool to use to keep students engaged because it is like watching a short video. This tool is good for students who do not like to speak in front of the class. The video says what they want to say but cannot. This tool could be a disadvantage because instead of giving the presentation verbally a student can do it this way. By getting out of your comfort zone and doing a presentation you are growing presentation skills.

This tool could be used on the first day of school to introduce each student andLogoTagLine even me. It would be a fun thing my students can do to get familiar with the technology I use in class, and also get to know their classmates.

There are many more presentation tools that are out there, but so far these are the ones I have used in class.

~Ms. Bekah

Productivity Tools

Hello Everyone!

Here is an update for what what we have been doing in class.

For the past few weeks we have been using Google Apps in class. These apps include; Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides. Each of these tools have many advantages in my classroom, and each one serves a different purpose. After using these tools I asked the class to use one of the resources, Google Forms, to give feedback on these resources.

Google Docs


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Google docs is used for collaborations and file sharing in class. This will be mainly used for discussions of a piece of literature, helping with papers, group projects, grading quizzes, and for keeping journals in class. The discussions among my students will help me track what is being learned by each of them. An advantage of this tool is that I will know how to help my students who are struggling, but I will also know their strengths. If my student needs help with a paper and I am, for some reason, not able to meet with a student and talk about their paper I can use Google Docs. I can watch what they are typing and help them along the way. Group projects can be worked on through Google Docs. Since this is a charter school, I understand group projects can be a struggle. This is a good resource to work on projects without having to meet up somewhere. By keeping journals on Google Docs, it saves money on a notebook, and also the risk of losing it. The disadvantages of Google Docs include the fact that it requires internet access, it encourages informal language, and some students may experience difficulty with editing.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is more of a tool that benefits me. I am able to take attendance on Google Sheets to track who is showing up to class. That way I can contact those who are not in class and check in on them. Google Sheets can also help me keep a to-do list that can be used in class. This will help keep the class organized. Google Sheets also has a schedule. This can be helpful with parent-teacher conferences, or a schedule for my students who need to become more organized. The last use for Google Sheets is that it can be used to keep track upcoming events. I can share this calendar with my students so they know when a test or quiz is coming up. A disadvantage of this tool is that it will not be as useful to my students as it will be to me.

Google Forms

Google Forms can be used for surveys, tests, quizzes, and for quick feedback from test and quizzes. The surveys will help me see how many of my students know what is going on in class. It will also help with the planning of field trips. I want my students to feel involved in choosing what we do in class. By having tests and quizzes online, I can use a grading app called Flubaroo to quickly grade. This will make me able to spend less time grading and more time focusing on my lesson plans. That is about all Google Forms can do in a classroom setting. The disadvantages of this tool are the possibility of cheating on tests and quizzes and the requirement of internet. Another disadvantage would be by not hand grading test it will be hard to give feedback. With Flubaroo, it automatically grades with no feedback.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a lot like Microsoft Powerpoint. This could be used for class notes and questions that prompt discussions. This can also be used for class projects and presentations. By having slides that correspond with discussion, it helps the audience follow what is being presented. A disadvantage of this is that it might be difficult to learn. Google Slides is more complex than Microsoft Powerpoint and this might just be because I am used to using Powerpoint. This will be a tool that I would use more than my students because I will be the one giving the notes. This can be one tool I use to do this. I can share them with my students after class, in case they want to review notes for a test or did not understand the lecture.

All of these tools would be good to use in a high school and middle school classrooms because they are more complex tools. I plan on using these too
ls in my classroom as much as I can so that my students are prepared for college.


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~Ms. Bekah

Communication Tools

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Today I will be discussing why communication tools are both important and useful in the classroom. In fact, this blog that you are reading right now is an example of a communication tool. As I have mentioned in my first post, blogs can be used in many ways in a classroom setting. So far we have recognized them as a method of easy access for homework assignments, forum style discussions, a weekly agenda, and other helpful resources.

When a teacher uses a blog in her classroom, her students are more engaged and willing to learn, and they tend to be more excited about exploring their educational opportunities. Even when they aren’t entirely onboard about a certain technology, they can be free to engage it at their own pace because they don’t feel pressured by the teacher. When a teacher tells a student to do something face to face, the student might resist doing it simply because the teacher told him to do it.


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When a student uses a blog, they don’t feel as pressured. They develop their own voice when they do not feel judged. They have more freedom of expression. Some students may feel like talking to someone face-to-face is intimidating. I know when I was in school I hated to be called on during classes. When I was given the option to write a paper or write a post of some sort I felt like the pressure was lessened. For the student who is not confident speaking up in class, this becomes their voice to share opinions and participate in group discussion.  Of course I will still require those students to join in class discussions, but it will be after everyone posts their blog.

The strengths of blogs are that they provide easy access to homework and other resources, they encourage discussion, they help students get to know their classmates, and they provide a weekly agenda. However, there are also weaknesses or disadvantages of blogs. In order to keep a blog one must have access to the internet. I understand that not all students have internet at home, but students can go to their local or school library. By requiring students to keep a blog that means more time away from being outside or having free time. Another disadvantage is that students may not know how to respond to one another. I can use all of these weaknesses and teach my students how to properly use a blog for my class.

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Newsletters are another example of how I use communication tools in my classroom. In my class I will not be giving newsletters weekly, because my students are in high school. I feel as though my students are able to use the internet responsibly. When I do use a newsletter, I will be giving an overview of what we have done in class so far. This will help refresh my student’s minds and give parents insight to what their child is learning in class. I can use newsletters as evidence to what we did in class. If there was a group project then I can take a photo and put it in the newsletter. I can take quotes from a student’s blog post and put it in there. Any sort of evidence to backup what is being learned. So far my newsletters have serves as a way to keep my students and their parents informed about what is going on with class trips and school events. Now I will be using newsletters to reflect what is being learned and to showcase achievements. I know this will encourage my students to work harder if they see what they have achieved.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

~Ms. Bekah

Here is a link to a document that goes more in-depth about blogs.

Social Media in the Classroom

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I want to take a moment to talk about how we have been using social media in my class


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and the benefits of it. Social media can be a positive or negative term, but when it comes to the relationship between education and social media it typically has a negative connotation. As a parent, you may be concerned that your student will not engage because they are on social media. That is understandable, but social media can be a very useful tool in a classroom setting and outside of one. I believe that using social media at a high school level is more appropriate than in an elementary or middle school level, because my students are more educated about technology and its use.



Instagram is a good source to share photos. This can be a good resource for showcasing a student’s work, posting reading recommendations, posting a photo of a famous author or character with captions or quotes said, sharing field trip photos, and posting encouraging quotes or memes. Instagram is very popular in our society today. This will be a good tool to use for my students because they are of an appropriate age to use this resource responsibly. The weakness of this, and all of these, is that not every student has a smartphone or an Instagram. However, it is a good resource to use for professional development because other staff can see what I have done with my students this year and will see what has worked in my classroom. It will also help me reflect back on what went well and what did not.


Twitter has many uses in a classroom setting. If you click on the hyperlink I have attached it will take you to a website that shows 50 ways to use Twitter in a classroom. I find Twitter most useful for keeping my students updated on assignments, tests, and quizzes. I know how much Twitter is used by my students and figured this will be an effective resource since it is accessibile. I will also use Twitter as a way for my students to ask concise questions. I will be able to get back to my students quickly and effectively. Twitter will also be used to take polls for field trips or projects and to get my students familiar with characters in books we are reading. The downside of Twitter is that there is a limited character count so it will be harder to answer more developed questions. In professional development, other teachers and staff can tweet what they have learned with a special hashtag. Teachers and staff can then reply to each other with questions or suggestions about what was tweeted.



TodaysMeet is like a forum, but each student can go anonymous. Discussions can be held here and students who are shy in class do not have to speak. That is a major benefit to this resource. Another benefit to this resource is that I can regulate it. Questions can be asked and comments can be made about the topic we are talking about. Students can interact with each other and explore the content at a deeper level with different viewpoints. If any student finds a source that is useful to the discussion they can post it to TodaysMeet. The weakness of this resource is that once I shut it down my students can no longer view it. It will be a good reference and refresher for them to look back on. For profession development, this can be used in the same way. At meetings, if a staff or teacher has a question, comment, or suggestion it can be viewed. It is also a good way to get to know your co-workers better.



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Facebook is one of my favorite resources to use in a classroom setting. You can do much more with Facebook than any of the previous sources. I will be creating a page on Facebook for this class. After students have liked the page they will then be able to access all of the resources I have put on there. I will use this resource to share other sources that may be beneficial to homework or writing assignments. For example, a link to Purdue Owl for MLA formatting or a background of a text we are reading in class will be on there. Facebook will also be used to post homework assignments and the powerpoint with notes. If a student is absent or did not finish the notes they can go back and do them. I will also be posting field trips, which students will be able to make suggestions to. Events that could relate to what we are learning, or events that my students may find interesting will also be posted on here. A weakness of Facebook is that students can become too informal. I understand it is social media and being informal is easy, but this is still like a classroom. Practicing formal language is important because that is something that will be used quite frequently. In professional development, Facebook could be used as a way for educators to connect with other educators. Ideas can be shared and encouragement and advice can be given. Additionally, this resource has been around longer and can be more reliable than any other and has been proven to be effective.

All of the resources listed are appropriate to use in a high school classroom, but should be monitored while they are at school. There are more strengths than weakness though. Social media can be a way to encourage creativity and a way to connect with other students. Parents can also benefit from social media usage in a classroom by being kept up-to-date about assignments, and can see photos of has been done in class. This way parents do not have to worry so much about social media being used in my class. All of the parents will also be invited to my Facebook page and other social media accounts to ease any worries.


~Ms. Bekah









Why I Use Blogs

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to a new semester! This semester I am going to keep a blog to keep everyone updated. I realize some are not fans of blogs, but this will be for the student’s sake. There are many benefits of keeping a blog and you will learn some of them throughout this post. This blog is not just meant to keep my students updated but the parents or guardians as well.


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Technology has become more advanced over the last 30-40 years. We now have internet, cell phones, iPads, tablets, and many more. Blogs are an example of this new technology, and they are used in many different ways. In the classroom it is very important to use this kind of technology because it familiarizes students with technology they may be using in college or at a future job.

What are the benefits of blogs to students?

I will be posting an overview of what will be done in class each week. The students will know what to expect in class that week. If there is a project that will be worked on in class, then I can add a reminder so that they may bring the proper supplies. This will give my students expectations of each week. It will also help them know what is due and when or if there is a test or quiz coming up.


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This blog will be used to post required homework and additional resources, such as websites that were used in class or other websites for extra information. This will help my students to better understand the content we learned in class or if they are interested in learning more. A .pdf of the homework will be on here as well as the syllabus. This will help my students keep track of their homework so that they are able to get the points for those assignments. If a student forgets to bring an assignment home they will have access to it on my blog. This will help students avoid poor scores on their assignments if they forget to bring them home.

This blog will remind students of upcoming events relating to my class, the school, or events nearby that they may find enjoyable. This will help inform students who want to be more active in the community. As a high school student, it is important to experience new, interesting things. This part of my blog will benefit my students because it may help them decide what major they will choose in college. Also, it could help students become well-rounded, informed individuals. It is also good because my students can network and connect with potential employers. Parents and guardians may also be interested in the events I post as potential family activities or date nights.  For example, “This is a reminder that we will be going to see To Kill a Mockingbird on Thursday, February 12th.  Do not forget to dress up because we are going to Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, and dress appropriately dressed for weather.”


This blog will post discussion questions that will be related to what we have read in class. I will remind my students when the questions will be posted and when the discussion will occur. I will expect everyone to participate in these discussions so come to class ready to discuss. This will help my students have a deeper understanding of the text and to get to know their classmates better. It will also help my students look at the text in a different way and from that interpret it how they feel is right. This will help my students be engaged in what they are reading. When it comes time for a quiz, we will have heavily discussed a text in class. This will make my students more comfortable with the questions that are being asked.


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This blog will be kept for students interacting with each other. If I post a question, I will expect each student to respond, and then respond to each other. These questions may ask about the student and what experiences have made them think this way. These discussions will be monitored. The purpose of these discussions are to get to know each other better. I will ask that each student responds to another student’s blog post. This interaction will also be used as peer review. Students whose paper is getting reviewed benefit from external critique of their mistakes. There are also benefits to those reviewing the paper. Those reviewing the paper may like word choice or structure that the author used, or they may want to try something different. It could also help the reviewer become more aware of grammatical mistakes in their writing.


Lastly, this blog will have my contact information if any student or parent needs to get ahold of me. I will be happy to answer any questions you have. If you are concerned about your student do not hesitate to contact me. As your student’s teacher, I feel that it is my right to help my students in any way I can.

Do not forget to check back weekly for more updates.

~Ms. Bekah