I'm wearing pink today - I can't help it. More than 20 years of Valentine's Day in schools is pretty ingrained in me. I've done all sorts of activities in the classroom over the years - the best being the start of a sonnet-writing unit many years ago - until the curriculum was so overloaded … Continue reading #29 – V Day
It is the rare individual who happily goes back to the life of early wakeups and daily activities after a long weekend, not to mention a long break. But it feels much worse in education. On January 2nd, when teachers, feeling this way, are faced with students, feeling this way, the results are not pretty. … Continue reading #25: Back
A very long time ago, I received a little bag of something I’d never seen before as a holiday gift. They looked like raisin clusters, but these were covered in white chocolate instead. Some information came with them, I believe - something about being a family recipe called Polar Bears. I tucked them away until … Continue reading #24 – Polar Bears
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?
All over this area, Mallomars are coming back on the shelves after being taken off sometime in the spring. This is supposedly because they would otherwise ‘melt’ on store shelves, but do chocolate bars get removed? Nope. Basically, it’s a clever marketing ploy. So what does the autumn appearance of Mallomars have to do with teaching, you might ask? Answer at Teaching-365/com. #8.
I know that this was the approximate wake-up time for many of you today, and I feel for you (except for those of you who are naturally early risers, which I simply don’t understand). And though many people out in the work world wake up at this time, they don’t spend 7 hours teaching children! … Continue reading #6 – Wake up call