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Mentors are teachers who have a specialized experience in a certain area and can pass on that knowledge to someone else. An effective mentor builds a level of trust by being authentic and understanding.

In my classroom, I invite all kinds of mentors from the students themselves to professional authors. One day we may watch a video of Naomi Shihab Nye, while the next I am projecting a student mentor text. It doesn’t matter where the mentor comes from as long as the writing is real, accessible, and pushes the level of my students foreword.

This week my students were working on end-of-the-nine-weeks (yes, it’s here already) book presentations.  I allow the students to choose which technology platform to use.  They will use Animoto, Emaze, Prezi, Powtoon, etc.  My sixth graders love Powtoon.  It’s my least favorite because I just can’t figure it out.

Emily was working on her project, and she was having a blast.  She was taking screenshots of the Google doodle and making the computer automatically type the text in.  The presentation looks like it is happening right before your eyes.  At one point, she called out, “Kaiden, I need help.”  Kaiden rushed over to show her how to do what it was she wanted to do.  On the spot mentorship.

I do not have to be the expert in the room.  I can call on expert authors, speakers, or colleagues.   Most of all, I can call on my students.  They are the experts for each other.  And that is just the way I like it.

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Ruth Ayres invites us the celebrate each week. Click over to her site Discover. Play. Build. to read more celebrations.

This was a week for magic and illusions in my classroom. On Monday, Michael Dardant, otherwise known as Magic Mike (the original), visited my class. Visit his amazing website here.

One of my students has been dedicated to magic for almost 3 years. He did his first magic show for his class in third grade. He is now in 5th grade, and he performed his first public magic show last weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a passionate interest in any of my students.

I got in touch with Michael more than a year ago trying to get him to visit. Finally his schedule allowed for it, and I feel the timing was just right. As I expected, the two magicians shared tricks and chatter, also known as patter in magic shows. Michael has been doing magic since he was thirteen. He performed at children’s birthday parties when my daughters were growing up. He complimented Matthew and his advanced trickery at such a young age. It was a joy to watch these two together. Here is a quick video clip of Michael showing the sponge ball trick to Matthew. Permission has been granted from both Matthew’s mother and from Michael to post this video clip.

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