Muddling through the blogosphere

Telling Our Classroom Stories


As the school year draws to a close, how do you document those moments, events, or projects that made a difference to you as a teacher – and to your students as learners? I really like the model National Writing Project colleague Bonnie Kaplan has produced. The combination of a 3rd person narrator using voice over (mostly) stills makes a good story even more compelling.

Dover DS Intro from Bonnie Kaplan on Vimeo.

And I’d like to thank my friend Kevin for sharing his reflections on bringing movie making into his 6th grade curriculum and for pointing me to Bonnie’s gem.


  1. Thanks for the shoutout!

  2. Thank you for sharing. Powerful story. After doing videos for Kathee Godfrey to take to Norway to share there, and hearing this adventure, it makes me want to do something similar again next year with my seniors. The kids are always so proud of their achievement.

    • I agree, Delaine, kids are proud of their achievements, especially when they know what they’ve produced will go beyond the classroom.

      Besides the quality of the story itself, I’m impressed with Vimeo as a player. But I also really love Calaxy for uploading videos. Don’t know if you’re familiar with the site, but it’s really a gift to California educators – and districts can’t block it since it’s under the CDE umbrella.

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