Welcome, 2016!

A new year has begun.

What will we do with it?  How will we grow?

The answers to those questions as they pertain to English class are partly determined by the Texas TEKS, but also by teacher and student choice.  We as individuals can decide a lot about how we want to stretch ourselves and develop our abilities as writers and readers.

What do we want to know more about?  Let’s explore!  We each have the tools:  curiosity, ability, resources…and time.  That’s the key, isn’t it?  We have to make the time to learn what we want to learn, to do what we want to do.

Here a few places to visit to get started on some individual inquiry:

What are some of your favorite resources for learning?  Leave us a link in the comments!

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31 thoughts on “Welcome, 2016!

  1. I know im a little late on the happy new year, but happy new year anyway. The thing that Trying to work on is getting better at correcting grammer.

    Hope new years goes well for everyone.

  2. I’m excited for the new year I can’t wait to learn new things from this new year. The history with John Green looks like it would be fun to watch. My father likes to watch Ted talks so hopefully the teen ones will be fun.

  3. Happy new years Mrs.Kriese. All of these websites look very interesting and cool, especially the nat geo one. Anyway let’s see how much we can grow and learn this year.

  4. Happy New Year!!! Personally I am not a huge fan of learning things on the iPad, I would much rather do it on paper, but I am trying to adapt. Like membean, the more I do it the easier it gets to use technology to learn the words.


  5. First off, happy belated New Years to you Mrs. Kriese! Also, I really like Ted talks and national geographic so I think I will DEFINITELY watch/explore them. On a related note did you know that the Tedx youth thing is in Austin this year? I’m pretty sure that’s related to the Tedd talks…

  6. I can’t wait to start learning this year. Those web cites look great in case you need ideas for a blog post. They can be used to get creative and learn more about the world many mysteries.

  7. Happy New Year! I want to try some of the things you talked about. I like watching the Ted Talks. I used to watch a lot of Brain Pop videos. I hope you have a happy 2016!

  8. Happy 2016!! This year should be great. It might have excitements, and maybe some unexpected twists; but not knowing just makes it even better! I’m really excited for the new year!

  9. Happy New Years everyone,

    I literally can’t wait for what’s ahead for 2016. I aiming to try harder on all my classes and be the best I can be. I’m hoping to develop and grow into a great writer.


  10. 2015 is in the past and 2016 is finally here!!! I can start off fresh with this new year.
    I need to get use to writing 2016 on my papers.

    Alec H.

  11. Happy New Year! I am really looking forward to the new year, and all the tests, homework, quizzes, studying… just kidding :). But I am still looking forward to the new year.

  12. Happy 2016~! I hope this year will be even better than the last.
    I like learning with things like Quizlets and flashcards, so I appreciate when my teachers make them. I also like using Membean, it’s really simple and easy to use.

  13. Wow, its already 2016! I can’t wait to see how this year will pan out. I liked how this post was so informative and helpful. Regarding the sites, I really like membean. It’s not too complex, and it feels like an online class. I hope everyone has a good 2016!

  14. Hello Mrs. Kriese. I love the idea of learning about the rest of the world with Nat Geo. I love Nat Geo and the outdoors. I think it would be awesome to find more classes around the world to keep up with. Can’t wait!!

  15. My parents and I watch the TED talks, and they are very interesting and educational. I never knew there was a Smithsonian magazine for teens, I’ll definitely be checking that out! Thanks for the suggestions! -Pallavi

  16. I think that the National Geographic website is probably something I will check out this new year. Thanks for taking the time getting all of the links so everyone can be happy. Have a good 2016 Mrs. Kriese!

  17. I love to use John Green’s Crash Course videos! It makes learning history fun [I do NOT like history but this year it’s better!] ! I really like his literature videos too because since he is an author he can elaborate on ideas sometimes! Crash Course is a really good way to study and I love using it!

  18. Hello Mrs. Kriese,

    I am very excited about this new year and I hope it will be great! I cant believe it is already 2016 though, I fell like it was just the beginning of 2015 the other day. I am very excited to grow in my writing, fix mistakes, and create good habits in writing. My new years resolution this year is to keep all my grade up and work hard! What about you?

  19. Happy 2016! There are so many things to do that we can do in the new year and I’m so excited! But there’s still the rest of the year finish school… Along with all the tests… But I’m still looking forward to the new year!

  20. I thought that leaving links to certain sites was very helpful, and made it a lot easier for the reader to visit them. Although 2015 has been an interesting year, I’m excited that 2016 is here – I now have a fresh start and can grow as a writer!

    – Alita

  21. I can’t wait for the new year to get fully kicked off! I personally don’t like the national geographic websites and others like it. But, I do like the websites that involve seeing lists of book suggestions, like the Young Adult Library Services Accosiaton

  22. I’m a simple person. So, websites like membean and Brainpop annoy me! I like simple flashcard apps that you make… I’ve made about thirty decks of flashcard to help me this year. Some of the apps you presented are excellent for certain learning exercises.

    P.S Happy 2016!!!

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