10/7 Slice: Uncomfortable Chairs Build Empathy?!

First, the back starts to hurt. Then it's the sit-bones. You try to lean backward, but the gap between the plastic lunch table seat and the wall is just a little too far to take any pressure off your posture. You fiddle with your notepad - then poke around inside your backpack, anything to keep … Continue reading 10/7 Slice: Uncomfortable Chairs Build Empathy?!

Roses and Thorns: The Week Before Spring Break

Monday: Ah, a reading day! How peaceful... Tuesday: Ah, a lesson followed by work time! The students will TOTALLY make the most of this, right?! Later that day in a CLT meeting... "I'm so frustrated. I teach lessons that the students don't even hear! They have time to work on a theme page, then act … Continue reading Roses and Thorns: The Week Before Spring Break

Slice of Life #28: Today’s Miracle – A Poem

Today's Miracle: 28 and 26 students(Two rowdy, after-lunch classes)(11-12 years old, attention spans short) FOCUSING! Writing, Drawing, Making thinking visible. Mining books for examples, Asking for help, Grabbing post-its freely. If finished,Reading. At the call For turning in notebooks, more than half areDONE! I guess offering a reward: Read aloud time at the end of … Continue reading Slice of Life #28: Today’s Miracle – A Poem

Slice of Life #24: Sunny Sunday Scuffle

Porch: More like steps,Bricks warmed by sunshine,Rusty railing for leaning against. BelowSits the cat. Nibbling on browned grassesHiding amongst the bushes. And then... She stands at attention Ears perkedLanguid posture gone. I hear a rustle(A good 30 seconds after her)And behold: Across the sidewalk, A squirrel. She prowls. She pauses, Alert.They make eye contact.And... They're … Continue reading Slice of Life #24: Sunny Sunday Scuffle