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Angela Bunyi

Hey Marie,

Yes, I use Dreamweaver for my website. Would you believe the site is about to have its 1st anniversary (September 25th)? We are nearing 50,000 visitors, and I started from scratch with no knowledge of html coding one year ago. A site that really helped me out was Lissa Explains It All. This is written for teenagers, making it an ideal place to start. Thistle Girl Designs is nice as well because you just save and place it in. It takes a lot of the prep. out of the scenerio. I have been using Print Artist Gold and regular old paintshop for much of my page.

Thistle Girl- Recently I helped a co-worker set up her website. I couldn't figure out the multi-part background included, but everything else was pretty straight forward. If you give me some details on what is giving you trouble, I'd be happy to help you out! I wish someone had helped me out this time last year. :)

Good luck!

Marie Loyacano

Do you use the dreamweaver program for your website? I'm trying to figure out of the thistle girl templates work with our school program "dreamweaver"?

Angela Bunyi

Hello!

No, I appreciate what you have done for us in the classroom. How lucky am I to have you and your children two years in a row?

So, considering we talked about setting a blog up for you last year (yeah, I forgot), why don't we work on getting this up and running Friday after school? If you could come in again for some tutoring help in the afternoon that would make it a win-win situation for all.

Best to you and your family...

Kimberly Abu-Shanab

Congratulations on your website. We appreciate all that you do for our kids. One day you will have to teach me about making my own blog.

Angela Bunyi

Hello again,

I agree, I agree, and I agree!

And your comments makes me want to go back and add an important factor to supporting our writers. They will not learn to write in a literary desert. The direction of education seems to be breaking/fragmenting reading and writing more and more and more, when it really all goes together. The more they read, the better they write. Without the literature, the writing will suffer! Students can only write as well as they can read.

And I knew that you are on a different school schedule than us, but maybe we can set up a video conference between our classes. I use Skype and a basic web cam. It would be great to arrange something this year...

-Angela

M McKinlay

Hi Angela,
No, I've never heard of Aussie shampoo. Seems like an enterprising entrepeneur from Oz has had a blooming good idea - well, you bought it! The garden analogy seem appropriate and is making me chuckle( hehehe).

I've been reflecting on ' writer's block' after reading your latest entry. Our new school year is not until the beginning of February, but I am already anticipating the I-don't -know what -to- write -about howls that we get with every new intake.

So, onto my podium:
It seems only too obvious to say - students learn to write by writing and by having writing modeled for them by a more experienced writer, a peer, or an adult. And if this writing is self-initiated, it allows students also to practice writing in situations that are important to them. This kind of independent writing, writing about whatever they choose, leads to more effective learning, according to the research. In language, it means more effective reading (when they are writing, they are also reading! ), more effective practicing of elements of phonics, word identification, grammar, usage….. All the elements of language arts are integrated in a way that matches the way they naturally learn and use language.

So what to do when children just can’t start? Angela , you have given us some great ideas to help get the writing juices flowing. The ideas chart added to by the children shows what is important and interesting to them and in my experience, never fails to inspire and motivate others. Likewise with the author’s chair- I am always astounded by the rapt attention given by the rest of the class to the most banal (to me!) as well as to the most wonderful examples by young writers. Children just love to listen to each other. I’m forever reminding myself that all writing has an intended audience, sometimes just of one. And reading, reading, reading to them every day - I know some teachers who have read-alouds three times a day! Children just have to be inspired by great literature ( Mem Fox is just one of our super writers- not all have left our shores.)

From you Angela -and all you others out there- I'd love to hear lots more of your 'real' experiences with budding writers.

Angela Bunyi

Michelle,
Sorry to hear about the website suggestion not working anymore.

Random note- I honestly thought of you this morning when I was washing my hair with my hair wash "Aussie." Ha! I'm sure no one uses that in Australia!

I am emailing you soon with the "Aussie" version of the math visual cue cards.

Much respect,
Angela

Angela Bunyi

Alice,

Yeah! Another desk out the door :) Actually, this year my numbers are so low (23) that I have an empty student desk that I have unofficially taken. It's in the middle, so I feel (and look) like one of the kids when I am sitting in it.

I don't regret in any way not having a guided reading horeshoe table either. It feels SO impersonal to me...like I am looking over them. Sitting down in a circle, on the floor just works better. I am sure you will be happier without it all.

Hope your birthday is coming up soon....
-Angela

Angela

Angela,
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I often feel very computer illiterate. Thanks also for the intelliscanner. This is what I want for my birthday. It looks awesome. I tried delicious-monster but it only records the picture and a description. The intelliscanner sounds so much better. Also, thanks for the courage to get rid of my desk and my horseshoe table. Wanted to do it, but now that I know other people can do without, so can I.

Again, thanks for all the ideas.

Angela

Angela,
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I often feel very computer illiterate. Thanks also for the intelliscanner. This is what I want for my birthday. It looks awesome. I tried delicious-monster but it only records the picture and a description. The intelliscanner sounds so much better. Also, thanks for the courage to get rid of my desk and my horseshoe table. Wanted to do it, but now that I know other people can do without, so can I.

Again, thanks for all the ideas.

Michele M

Sorry! No sooner do I refer ou to one ot the world's best interactive math sites for kids- rainforestmaths.com- than it is taken down from the web because of piracy. Creator Jenny Eather says it won't be back in the near future. All those who use it as a center will be heratbroken.

Angela Bunyi

Hello!

I responded to a similar question on our library system under the video comments, so I hope you don't mind a copy and paste response below.

Downloads-
Regarding the decoding poster downloads, they are offered within that page link (FAQ page-direct link: www.bar.rcs.k12.tn.us/teachers/bunyia/faq.html).. You should see the names of the individual files (ex- chunky monkey or tryin' lion). I double-checked the links, and it seems to work on my side. If all else fails, you can email me and I'll send you the copy attachments. I'm just glad that you found these resources helpful.

Books-
I purchased Intelliscanner on my own, although I think you could use your school money to purchase it. It comes with just a scanner and a software key to activate it via the Internet. The site also offers bar codes, just like the ones you would see in a library. I couldn't afford it with the amount of books I have, but I thought it would be interesting to have it.

Be warned though- This is not an easy project if you have 2,500+ books! I had a parent spend two entire weeks posting my books on the program after informally working on it during the previous year. Also, it helps to know that although a box says it is for recording the publishing year, you can choose to post the level or genre of the book. This means you can add as little or as much information as needed. The website is great as well.

Overall, I recommend what I use, but with all this said, one other site looks REALLY interesting to me. It's http://www.delicious-monster.com/. It uses a webcam to scan the ISBN and costs 40 dollars. What is most interesting is the design layout when you finish. It creates nice visual bookshelves that you can browse. Check that out before making a decision! I am curious myself.

Very best wishes to you!
Angela Bunyi

Alice Pomeroy

Angela , love your room and the video. I am a visual person and the tour around your room was great and explained oodles. I have two questions for you. First, you talked about a program to keep track of your classroom library. Is this something you purchased or the school?? I have mine on excel, but love the idea of technology. Second, since I found your classroom so inviting, I went to print all your posters, but one link took me to pictures. I was looking for your decoding strategies. Again, thanks for such a peek in your room And I had a friend who used to live in Murfreesboro, so I know where you are.

Angela Bunyi

Michele,
I think you are my new best friend. I can tell that you would be a fun person to work with...interested in Tennessee?

Aussies Unite- I will look at your rainforestmaths.com site tonight. I want to support the Aussies! Does it count that my first book read to my class was by Mem Fox (from down under!)? I also think her book Radical Reflections is stellar! I've read it MANY times.

Printing from my site- My book labels can't be converted to PDF. Sigh. My local copy store has one computer available with the program, so that might be an option. I would NOT purchase Printshop if I were you. Print Artist Gold is a cheap buy, does more, saves faster, and can be saved as a PDF or jpg. Everything I post this year will be PDF, so that is good for you. :)

Math workshop- I am not quite ready/confident to go this approach, but I am in the research phase right now. I have a friend that is going to be giving me feedback shortly. If you have any resources, please let me know!

Finally, I just want to thank you for your kind words. They are really heart felt, and I need to hear how my crazy need to add more to my site helps others...

www.mrsbunyi.com for easy reach (has a cover page that leads into the site)
www.bar.rcs.k12.tn.us/teachers/bunyia/bunyihome.html for direct access

Much respect,
Angela
P.S. There wasn't an option to delete your double post. Sorry :(

Michele M

Don't we all love peeking into other teacher's classrooms! And how much the better if we come away inspired and enthused with a wealth of ideas and new directions to head in -and, as a bonus, a cornucopia of fantastic printables to enrich our lessons and classrooms. Angela, your website doesn't disappoint.

In Australia, we have been spared some of the harsher excesses of the UK National Literacy Framework and the 'No child left behind' US legislation - well, so far. We are not driven here by preparing post- second grade students for annual literacy testing, meeting weekly AR numbers , categorizing student by level and the like. Angela leaves me in no doubt that many of these measures are not reaping the sort of literacy success they promised. Read her words and I'm sure you too will be having a fresh look at ways we educators might better foster a real love for reading that is surely the foundation for reading and writing success.

Angela,
I'll now be searching out just-right notebooks for writing - funny , I have never given this much thought before. Our present student book orders allow only 'one size fits all'.Hmmmm....

I'll be rounding up the necessary bits and pieces to try some of your practical Math measurement activites. Do you run Math Workshop?

I'll be rushing to renew my ink to print the most creative Math posters I've ever seen , along with some of your reading comprehension strategy posters (that I like much better than ECB's.( Hehehe- this is very cheeky)

I'll be returning quickly to your site to check out the strategy song bookmarks that I y just soied fleetingly today. Another lot of thinking and printing!

I'll be itching to print some of your fantastic( 88! wow) book labels with carefully chosen photographs when pdf versions are available( lucky those who have Printshop).

I'll be re-jigging my planning to incorporate some of your WW mini lessons-I LOVE the Heart Map!

I'll be revisiting to view more of the videos, powerpoints ... that you use liberally to illustrate your class activities. No visitor to your site will be 'left behind', wondering what the heck. ???And I love the way you present the real thing and not set pieces just for the camera.

Now when are you going to spice up your site with a litle Downunder flavor? Try our rainforestmaths.com ( yes, the 's' is correct).

Did I mention that I love your site? I LOVE YOUR SITE!

Go for gold. Aussie ,Aussie, Aussie, Oi ! Oi! Oi!


Michele M

Don't we all love peeking into other teacher's classrooms! And how much the better if we come away inspired and enthused with a wealth of ideas and new directions to head in -and, as a bonus, a cornucopia of fantastic printables to enrich our lessons and classrooms. Angela, your website doesn't disappoint.

In Australia, we have been spared some of the harsher excesses of the UK National Literacy Framework and the 'No child left behind' US legislation - well, so far. We are not driven here by preparing post- second grade students for annual literacy testing, meeting weekly AR numbers , categorizing student by level and the like. Angela leaves me in no doubt that many of these measures are not reaping the sort of literacy success they promised. Read her words and I'm sure you too will be having a fresh look at ways we educators might better foster a real love for reading that is surely the foundation for reading and writing success.

Angela,
I'll now be searching out just-right notebooks for writing - funny , I have never given this much thought before. Our present student book orders allow only 'one size fits all'.Hmmmm....

I'll be rounding up the necessary bits and pieces to try some of your practical Math measurement activites. Do you run Math Workshop?

I'll be rushing to renew my ink to print the most creative Math posters I've ever seen , along with some of your reading comprehension strategy posters (that I like much better than ECB's.( Hehehe- this is very cheeky)

I'll be returning quickly to your site to check out the strategy song bookmarks that I y just soied fleetingly today. Another lot of thinking and printing!

I'll be itching to print some of your fantastic( 88! wow) book labels with carefully chosen photographs when pdf versions are available( lucky those who have Printshop).

I'll be re-jigging my planning to incorporate some of your WW mini lessons-I LOVE the Heart Map!

I'll be revisiting to view more of the videos, powerpoints ... that you use liberally to illustrate your class activities. No visitor to your site will be 'left behind', wondering what the heck. ???And I love the way you present the real thing and not set pieces just for the camera.

Now when are you going to spice up your site with a litle Downunder flavor? Try our rainforestmaths.com ( yes, the 's' is correct).

Did I mention that I love your site? I LOVE YOUR SITE!

Go for gold. Aussie ,Aussie, Aussie, Oi ! Oi! Oi!


bunyia

Thank you Mary for taking time to write me and taking the time to be my first posted comment. Very exciting!

I wish the VERY best to you this year...

Angela

Mary B.

I see that your blog is up and rolling now, and I just want to send you my heartfelt congratulations. Your first full post about the garden theme was very moving, and it put many things into perspective just as the usual "hurry up and get ready" days before school are really starting.

I had a great feeling about your year as a mentor from my first visit to your class website, and you are certainly off to a wonderful start.

P.S. I particularly love the connection you made with your son's seed project. I need to file that away mentally for the year, because it's so true -- yet easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of the year.

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