Every year at about this time, our NJEA cards arrive in the mail. Those of us who teach in this state know that NJEA stands for New Jersey Education Association; however, no matter what state you’re in, if you are an employee of a public school, I hope you have an association - a union … Continue reading #15
Sometimes - especially for ELA teachers - the endless grading just becomes too much. Some are major essays and cannot be ignored, of course. Some are quick assignments that give you a good read on where students are - or aren’t - in a particular area and shouldn’t be ignored. Sometimes the assignment must be … Continue reading #14
At a quick glance, it appears that an A may not happen for this particular writer in language arts. The question is: Why is the goal always straight A’s when they are not generally attainable by most? I’m glad to see that this writer would, at least, accept an occasional B - but this, too, … Continue reading #13
Just about exactly a year ago, on a very similar, magnificent, not-quite-fall Sunday, I spent hours reading and commenting on students' first real writing piece for me: Letter to My Future Self, which was also a letter to me, as a way to get to know them. There were a lot of letters - 67 … Continue reading #12
This basket of my (mostly*) favorite books was something I shared with my students for many years. I went through my history as a reader, from the very beginning, including an original Bobbsey Twins and Curious George and a book I read obsessively called Follow My Leader, about a young boy who lost his sight … Continue reading #9
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