Extended Resource Teacher 6th - 8th
Ponus Ridge Middle School
21 Hunters Lane, Norwalk CT, 06850
203-847-3557 Ext.17079  Email me
Quotes of the Week 2016-2017

May 8th - May 12th, 2017:

Unless we remember we can not understand.

-E. M. Forster

May 1st - May 5th, 2017:

What are the relationships between power and knowledge?

There are two bad, short answers:

1. Knowledge provides an instrument that those in power can wield for their own ends.

2. A new body of knowledge brings into being a new class of people or institutions that can exercise a new kind of power.

-Ian Hacking

April 24th - April 28th, 2017:

Men create the gods in their own image.


April 17th - April 21st, 2017:

Instead of locking people up and throwing away the key, it's important to invest in them and show them another way - show them what they can do, instead of telling them what they can't do. Because by investing in youth, we're investing into the future of this great nation of the United States of America.

-Q'orianka Kilcher

April 10th - April 14th, 2017:

There are no problems we can not solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.

-Lyndon B. Johnson

April 3rd - April 7th, 2017:

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

-Lyndon B. Johnson

March 27th - March 31st, 2017:

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.


March 20th - March 24th, 2017:

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.


March 13th - March 17th, 2017:

Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer...because it teaches you how to think.

-Steve Jobs

March 6th - March 10th, 2017:

Adults should start learning from kids...students should teach their teachers, learning between adults and kids should be reciprocal.

-Adora Svitak

February 27th - March 3rd, 2017:

In order for something to become a reality, you must dream about it first.

-Adora Svitak

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February 20th - February 24th, 2017:

I know you can fight, but it's our wits that make us men.

-Malcolm Wallace

February 13th - February 17th, 2017:

Leadership is a choice, not a rank.

-Simon Sinek

February 6th - February 10th, 2017:

Creativity takes courage.

-Henri Matisse

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January 30th - February 3rd, 2017:

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

January 23rd - January 27th, 2017:

It always seems impossible until it's done.
-Nelson Mandela

January 16th - January 20th, 2017:

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


January 9th - January 13th, 2017:

I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.
-Elon Musk

January 2nd - January 6th, 2017:

Nature is neutral.

-Adlai Stevenson

December 12th - December 16th, 2016:

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

-Steve Jobs

December 5th - December 9th, 2016:

Bravery without preparation is stupidity.


November 28th - December 2nd, 2016:

Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground.

-David Icke

November 21st - November 25th, 2016:

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything creative.

-Sir Ken Robinson

November 14th - November 18th, 2016:

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

- Theodore Roethke

November 7th - November 11th, 2016:

Fortune and love favor the brave.


October 31st - November 4th, 2016:

Courage is found in unlikely places.

- J.R.R. Tolkien

October 24th - 28th, 2016:

Importance always means one thing in relation to another. There is no such thing as importance alone.

- Unknown

October 17th - 21st, 2016:

Condescension is, most likely, a matter of perspective.


October 11th - 14th, 2016:

The only constant in the universe is change.

- Unknown

October 4th - 7th, 2016:

Old age is the most prolific disease there is or was.


September 26th - 30th, 2016:

I am the gatekeeper but I'll teach you how to make the keys.

- Glaude

September 19th - 23rd, 2016:

I care less about giving grades than making learning fun and helping students want to come to school.

- Glaude

September 12th - 16th, 2016:

Share. Be kind. Learn.

    These are the 3 rules, no matter if you know them or not, we all live by, everyday.

    If everyone knew how simple it was to be human and explored these 3 rules daily, humanity would find peace.

- Glaude

40 Ways to Use Google Apps for Education

Digital Citizenship Across the Years

Here at Ponus the use of Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and educational apps has begun to change the way in which our students are accessing and learning our Common Core curricula. It is obvious technology has become part of our daily lives. Teaching and learning is an integral part of this technological movement. Beside the obvious idea of technology being here to stay, technology has the potential to drastically improve the way we as educators educate our young people and even educate ourselves.Google Classroom is being used by some teachers here at Ponus. With Google Classroom it becomes possible for teachers to:
  1. Share Resources: Google Classroom allows you to take a document, video or link and push it out to your students. They can then access the assignment from anywhere!
  2. Create a Lesson: More than simply assigning work to students, Google Classroom allows you to build an assignment. Include a description and attach multiple documents, links and videos. This puts the entire lesson in one place.
  3. Make Class Announcements: Google Classroom gives you a place to post your announcements. Unlike a website with one way communication, students can comment back on the announcement.
  4. Go Paperless: Using Google Docs you no longer need to collect and pass out paper. You can assign students a blank Google Doc or use a template that your students will fill out. Google Classroom creates a copy for each student and gives them a turn in button for when they are done.
  5. Simplify the Turn In Process: When using Google Documents, notoriously students forget to change the sharing settings or to turn in their work. Google Classroom eliminates this issue by placing the document in the teacher and the students Google Drive immediately. Students simply need to “turn in” within Google Classroom to signal the teacher they are ready to have their work assessed.
  6. Protect Privacy: Rather than creating a global folder shared with all of the students in the class, Google Classroom restricts access to the documents to the teacher and the individual student.
  7. Reduce Cheating: Since the entire classes documents are not in a shared folder the temptation to copy another students work is eliminated.
  8. Classroom Collaboration: When sharing a document the teacher is able to choose if the students can view the document or can edit it. Creating a document and giving all the students in the class editing access to that same document allows every student to contribute their piece to a class project.
  9. Notify Students Who May Need Help: Google Classroom show you who has and has not completed an assignment. Send an email notification providing tips for success and encouraging the student to work on the assignment.
  10. Capture the Middle of the Process: An important shift in the teacher student relationship is to get away from evaluator and focus on being a coach to your students. Google Classroom places all of the students work into a folder that is easily accessible from your Google Drive. While students are in the middle of working on their assignment you are able to go in and insert comments and guide them through the process.
  11. Parent Access to Google Classroom and Google Drive: Parents can access their students’ work from anywhere. Check announcements, homework, behavior reports, etc., even if they’re not home with their student or don’t have internet access. All that is needed is their students’ email address, password, and a smartphone with Google Drive.

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