So much out there to choose from sometimes the hardest part is choosing what to share each edition.
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Happy Holidays! Here is a special Thanksgiving edition of Kordek’s Korner Newsletter. Always looking for comments and feedback. Enjoy!
Mother Nature is not a force to be reckoned with. Last week after the unexpected snow storm I lost power for 5 days. You never realize how much you rely on it until it is gone. A week later then I wanted but I was finally able to finish my newsletter.
The main literary focus for this Kordek’s Korner is Chris Van Allsburg. Originally it was because he has two good fall stories (The Widow’s Broom and The Stranger) but it later changed with the upcoming release (Oct 25, 2011) of his new book Chronicles of Harris Burdick (Amazon). This books is a collection of stories based on the illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick written by renowned authors (Kate DiCamillo, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, Stephen King, and many more).
In past years I have done a unit on Chris Van Allsburg, covering a variety of his books such as The Wretched Stone and The Sweetest Fig. I ended the unit having the class write a story based on one of the images in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. As we went around the room each student could only write one line. The classes made some very interesting stories.
To help promote the upcoming release both the New Yorker and Hough Mifflin Harcourt are having contests based on the Harris Burdick books. Look for a possible future posting about one of these contests (The wheels are spinning).
PS. If you can’t tell I like his books as well as excited for the book to come out 🙂
Enjoy the newsletter!
Here is the second issue of my Kordek’s Korner Newsletter. Enjoy!
So I just wrote about writing a newsletter and here is the first edition.
Another item I am going to do to share information besides writing on this blog is to write a newsletter for my building. The newsletter is a quick way for me to share information with my colleagues in a manner that will not add any additional work or time into their day.
Currently I am going to try (keyword try) to make this a biweekly newsletter. When I finished the first edition I thought I might be able to do it weekly, I haven’t even started the second one and debating about making it monthly instead. I am going to give doing a biweekly edition a good old fashion try before I decided about how often it is going to be published. The reason I originally decided on biweekly is that there are so many resources and I want to make teacher aware of them in a timely manner to their lessons and curriculum but I don’t want it to overwhelm me or them either. So for now it will be biweekly.
I want to keep the newsletter to one page (front and back) so it is a quick read. The main focus is technology and literature. Sometimes there will be a variety of small recommendations that go along with curriculum or what I think teachers should be aware of. Other times there may be a focus to the issue such as a curriculum topic, specific technology, or all literature. (Already have some issues brewing in my head.)