Tuesday, February 28, 2012

LiveBinders...Amy Adams Says Yes!

So...what if I told you I could give you a bonus day this year....

Well...you're in luck...

Tomorrow is Leap Year....

An extra day....what will you do with your extra day..

Lit Maven...I have to work tomorrow...

Me too!

But although working is a verb..it is a dead verb if you do the same thing you did yesterday...INSTEAD...plan some new goals..

What are you working towards?

Check out this LiveBinder: Goal Setting, Planning and Organizing

Amy Adams....it is because she is in Leap Year...right Lit Maven?????

Yes...but I was also inspired by the Goal Setting in that movie....

Get Engaged....but to who?

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Surprisingly True Report Card Comments

Here is an Animoto I made about True Report Card Comments of famous artists, actors, royalty and leaders. It really goes to show how every student is unique and we never know how those gifts will unfold.


Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Friday, February 24, 2012

LiveBinders... CeCe Peniston Says Yes!

Well...LiveBinders are now part of my balanced "work" diet.

Someone asked the other day..."How are you doing?"

For the first time in awhile, I felt confident to say...

"Ok, actually....because of my LiveBinders."

The best part of my job is change...CHANGE...

Yes I love CHANGE because it means a new adventure everyday.

Today, in my opinion, we need to become Teacher 2.0's. We cannot be dismissive. Technology is a beautiful tool to glue curriculum content to. This LiveBinder read my mind:

Technology and Web 2.0 for Educators

CeCe Peniston?...Lit Maven....

Well...."Finally" of course.

Finally something that makes the biggest difference to my job.
Finally with a lot of effort...some things have become effortless.

"Finally..."Binders" has happened to me....right in front of my face...and I just can't describe it"

Oh...Lit Maven-Farrah-Fowler...

Anyway....Finally...Take it away CeCe!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

LiveBinders...Peter Billingsley Says Yes!

Well...I do love to write. My early stories were about whatever I was reading at the time..so that meant...the characters had names from NKOTB or the characters had names from Stand By Me.

Whatever I was watching or listening to...made it into my book.

I am sure teachers are inundated with Bellas, Edwards and Jacobs.

Then there are the boy stories with Bakugans, Pokemans and Transformers. Personally, I will never understand these stories...is it just me?

But we all know there are students who feel like this about writing...

Hey Kid! Come back...I found a LiveBinder for you...

Web 2.0 Tools for Reluctant Writers

Lit Maven? Peter Billingsley....Who IS that?

He is this guy....

But started as this guy.

So why Peter?

Well here he is modeling the most un-reluctant writing abilities...

on loose leaf...

or Pre-Web 2.0...enjoy!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Friday, February 17, 2012

LiveBinders...River Phoenix Says Yes!

I presented LiveBinders at work this week. Yes....it was another of these moments

Lit Maven-Farrah-Fowler....

Anyway....it was great to feel the energy of the room! I overhead many of the possibilites of using LiveBinders to facilitate the Great work that my department does.

Here is a LiveBinder that highlights inventors....

All Those Bells and Whistles

Pretty cool stuff in that binder. It got me to thinking...just what child inventors do I know...

River?... Lit Maven...

Yes! I know right...how could that be?

Well...just today I am giving you a bonus....two inventors..

Lil River and Lil Ethan (as in Hawke)

Check them both out in Explorers.

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LiveBinders...Kojack Says Yes!

The fact is...I am jealous...teens today have it good...

...in my days....

we had one wall for pinterest-ing stuff...one WALL!

Each new Tiger Beat

meant someone had to go....

would it be Corey

would it be Michael...

would it be Patrick..

Wall real estate was at a premium...

But that was then...

Now...we have...pinterest!

it's this


And this

A whole lotta this...

Results in this:

Here is a fancy new LiveBinder supporting the Pinterest cause.

Lit Maven?...Kojack...was he on your wall too???

Of course not...just referring to his character's need for a lollipop and a "sweet" segue to to this song:

My Boy Lollipop....enjoy!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

LiveBinders...John Cusack Says Yes!

So what is love?

The chicken man also asks this question.

Love is many things.

Love is when someone knows what you need, and you don't.

Love is when someone doesn't need to protect you but they do.

Love is missing your sister's wedding reception to hang out with Jake Ryan.

But when you are the art teacher..love is a ready-made LiveBinder.

Valentine's Day for the Art Teacher

Lit Maven....Cusack?

Oh yes!

John Cusack!

Before he was in a Hot Tub Time Machine, he was Lloyd Dobbler...

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Friday, February 10, 2012

LiveBinders...Jim Carey says Yes!

Persuasion...oh persuasion.

How do we get people to do what we want...

We can dare them

We can give a good agrument

We can sing "Henry the VIII I am"

But despite all that we know about persuasion...we can always use some help.

Here is a LiveBinder that can assist you:

Persuasive Texts

And to persuade you to not to hitchhike...here's Jim Carey again!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LiveBinders...Bruno Mars Says Yes!

Call me crazy...

but if you wake up from a coma

and Channing Tatum says he's your husband...

GO WITH IT!!! (I am talking to you Rachel)


Valentine's Day is falling on a Tuesday

And on a Tuesday...it's cheap date at the movies.

And if you are really cheap....

Here is a nifty gift idea from this Valentine's Day LiveBinder.

Word Hearts

What fun?

However, some people are bent on being a little...hmmm..well...too...giving..

Like Bruno...perhaps catching a grenade is showing too much affection. Just a thought!

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Monday, February 6, 2012

LiveBinders...The Swedish Chef Says Yes!

Whenever I hear people say, "In my day..."

I think....

"You're jealous!"

Like as if they want to be back in the time of:

long phone cords


"Hair Bands"

Lit Maven...what's your point?

My point is.... I want to use this Livebinder.

Angry Birds in the Classroom

I want feel like a rebel. Like the Fonz!

Who? How OLD are you Lit Maven?

Hey..."sit on it"

Who's the angry bird in that one?

Anyway...all time favorite...original... "Angry Bird" ...Swedish Chef Vs. The Chicken

(Watch until the very end...)

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

LiveBinders...Macaulay Culkin Says Yes!

I don't remember what I did before the ipod...

oh wait ...yes I do

They were actually this big too!

But recently the world was blessed with the ipod and ipad.

Much to late for my childhood...

but at least motherhood is easier.

Now when I hear this:

I do this:

And when you want to know more....read this...

iPod Touch & iPad Resources

I especially liked the subtab that included this article:

If Kids Designed the Tools

It got me to thinking...about those "movie" kids who make their own tools...cue Home Alone...Mac Culkin...with some creepy Cyndi Lauper intro music.

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Friday, February 3, 2012

LiveBinders...Ryan Gosling Says Yes!

Oh yes...Hercules...

Here's a flash back to my childhood.

I absolutely loved this show. Until recently I thought the villian was called "Douglas", I have since discovered it was Daedalus.

Easy mistake!

Not really Lit Maven...not even close, really

Oh well.. here is a LiveBinder that will hopefully send you on the right path.
Greek Mythology

Incidently, Hercules has been played by many actors...including...Ryan Gosling in Young Hercules. Can you believe he did not get an oscar nod for this???

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

LiveBinders...Bill Murray Says Yes...AGAIN!

I don't like movies about messed up timelines...

Memento...a post-it note nightmare!
Premonition......Sandra, there has to be a calendar App for that!
The Lake House...Seriously Sandra...get it together already!

Groundhog Day is fast approaching.

Why is this a national holiday?

It is the one time of year when this doesn't happen.

or this..

(There is actually a Gopher museum in Alberta . Why don't you "gopher" a visit?)

So if you are in a light or shadowy mood...here is the LiveBinder for you:

GroundHog Day Activities including this SMART board Activity.

So I struggle, I am not into repetition..not into repetition..

But what can I say...Ned? Ned Ryerson?

Until Next Time,
Lit Maven Out!

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