Things I think about in the middle of the night: What was that noise outside? What are the best ten to twenty best, time-tested lessons for middle and high school students? The noise was nothing. Probably just a small monster or trashcan panda. The best lessons, now that’s something else. The first post in this… Read More series: the good stuff
Two Writing Teachers posted: https://twowritingteachers.org/2017/10/27/narrative-writing-makes-a-beautiful-gift/ Writing is a gift–and perhaps if students of writing see themselves, their words, as gifts to themselves and others we can reshape how they feel about writing (which isn’t always positive). My favorite December idea: Drabble-A-Day Creative constraints provide necessary restrictions for all of us who wish to create productively.… Read More 'tis the season: December Ideas
Your neck tingles. You feel the hot breath, tinted with salmon bones and gooseberries, mingle in your cheaply-shampooed hair; feeling unprotected, vulnerable, and instinctually aware, you know someone just played the research card, and it feels like a bear attack–wild, demobilizing and terrifying. How do you survive? Remember that word ‘collaboration’ we’re so fond of?… Read More How to survive a bear attack.
Is it just me or does one become a veteran teacher far too soon in one’s journey? Meaning, how did I get so old?! Well, as scary as that is, it’s better than the alternative, right Poe? Allow me to present the context: through December I have a student teacher, and boy oh boy am… Read More Something wicked +1
We can’t see the stars any longer because of light pollution. But as the lady says, “The night is dark and full of terrors,” so we humans master the monsters and use all the power we can to dispel the darkness. But we don’t see things as we once did, or learn from the larger… Read More Room in your head.
Let’s pretend we live in a world where no students are ever tardy, there are no altered schedules (no joke: last year there were no fewer* than eight to ten different schedules depending on whether or not it was a morning assembly, afternoon, late start, etc.) The class period is 50 minutes long, after a… Read More 8 Days a Week
Here is my attempt to help students using the Notice and Note strategies for one of my favorite short stories, ‘Chivalry‘ by Neil Gaiman. Or: Wait, you know what? I think you might enjoy doing this yourself. I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I believe there is an example of every… Read More Chivalry isn't dead.
Books/Text Recommendations A Curated, But Never Complete, List The focus is primarily 6th grade +: if you have recommendations for elementary school age children, please comment! Make a list. Focus. Read the text/novels/stories first. Make notes. Next discussion: genres. Rinse. Repeat. Nine Websites for Readers https://pernillesripp.com/2016/07/05/some-favorite-book-club-books-for-middle-school/ Common Lit Actively Learn NewsELA Mackinvia Artifact App TeenReads Smithsonian… Read More #TRL