Over the years, I taught this lesson - creating a timeline of events and emotions in preparation for writing a literary essay - many, many different ways. I've made a change in plans - in this case, how I am putting my blog out there. But this isn't surprising for anyone who teaches, because there … Continue reading #23 – Change in Plans
Chicken egg drop soup - 1/13/19 There's something indescribably wonderful about snow days - at least, for anyone who belongs to a school. (I realize that parents who have to get to work no matter what are often less than thrilled.) And children and staff alike have slept with their clothes inside out in hopes … Continue reading #22 – Snow Day
Every year, around Thanksgiving, I tried to get my students thinking about giving thanks, as many teachers - especially ELA teachers - often do. In many cases in my suburban school district, it is an easy sell, and usually, it is "family and friends" that are most often cited as the objects for this thankfulness. … Continue reading #21 – Thankful?
The picture of this toilet paper leads to my most embarrassing teaching moments. You can about imagine. Read my blog to learn more! And please share your own.
Students need grades, even early in the year. And even though this assignment, the letter to your future self, is just a beginning-of-the-year exercise, a way to get a bead on the students as writers and individuals, I cannot justify the time spent on it unless I find a way to get it into my … Continue reading #19
Sometimes the writing may not be perfect, but the feeling is.
Pens gone again? So many methods to try to keep them in my room, and still they disappear. Six pens were in existence, checked and returned – and yet over the course of a couple of days, they were gone. I dared to turn my eyes away! I spoke to students at the end of … Continue reading #17