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I am so excited to be a part of the Cinderella Around the World
Project. Was I the only one who didn't know that so many versions of
Cinderella existed? The projects so far are super. I have so many new
ideas already. I love the character studies in Carole Underwood and
Leigh Holder's project. The human graph in Ashley Ross's project was
another great new idea. Because of Rebecca Medina's neat graphic
organizers I learned about Kidspiration. The dog's head on the pictures
in Kathy Horan's project were too cute! Just think of all the wonderful
ideas that will be shared by the time the project is complete. And all
the new friends we'll have from around the world! Thanks Susan and
Pattie for making it happen.
My students have truly loved watching the Cinderella project
unfold. Denise Guy has provided wonderful guidance as I have tackled
this project and left my comfort zone. I am going to attempt my own
collaborative project next semester. I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks so much for allowing my class to participate and learn through
This was a wonderful project. It challenged and stretched both the
children and me. I don't think we'll ever look at a Cinderella story the
same way again! Thank you so much for giving us this gift!!
Dear Susan and Patti:
Congratulations to both of you! You certainly deserve it. Susan,
you have been the inspiration for many teachers to develop more
literature/writing connections (and to venture into web publishing).
Thank you again for all that you do.
Susan and Patti,
Thanks for another engaging project! I enjoy stretching myself and
my classes every time I take part in one. And this year's led me to a
new friend in Australia, Narelle Daffurn, to whom my class has sent one
of our Flat Stanleys. This was definitely an "Around The
World" project for us. This year of all years, the Global Community
needs to be affirmed for us all.
Hi Susan and Pattie,
I want to take the time to congratulate you both on the work you
do, inspiring teachers to engage their classes in wonderful, worthwhile
projects. When you start your next one I would certainly be interested
in hearing about it :-) I wish I had found out earlier in our school
year that this project was coming up, as we didn't have a great deal of
time to explore all the possibilities the project provided. I have
continued to read some more stories and we will do some work around
them, but we could have done so much more! I think the Cinderella Around
The World project is an excellent way to introduce children to cultures
around the world; to introduce Character Education topics; and to
explore story structures for reading and writing. Our school library has
been purchasing some of the Cinderella tales, and I will be writing up
some notes on this project to be included with a list of the titles. It
will be available for other teachers to access. I will certainly be
doing a project like this again - even if it is just with my own class.
Being able to share work with other classes gives the project more
dimensions though, and is such a worthwhile thing to do with a class.
Thank you again
My students have enjoyed checking out the other classes and their projects. We have a ton of e-mails to send this next week. It has been such a busy time with conferences and the long Thanksgiving break, that a couple of my students took things into their own hands. They have replicated the project ideas of other classes at home. Now, that is truly success and motivation in my book.
We ended up re-writing our Smokey Mountain Rose play. Once we started actually rehearsing, they were dissatisfied with the character parts. So, we added a whole lot more in the conversation area. It has been preserved for all time with a digital video and recorded on CD. This play has done more for reading with expression than anything I have used in the past. Liza Jane and Annie have turned into spoiled brats with a Southern accent. (Notice I didn't say 'Applachian' accent.) We have performed it so many times that any child in the room can be any character. The students are so excited about their work, they want to perform for the Creative Writing class at the high school. (They shared their picture books with us.) I guess you can say, we will be taking our play on the road.
On a personal note, I am a National Board Certified Teacher for
2001. The Documented Accomplishments portion of the portfolio could go
back 5 years. Susan, I did tie in 'Applebytes' and 'Stellaluna' to my
Teaching Technology and Learning Academy piece. So, once again, thank
you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.