Kids Say the Darnedest Things…

"If I was the supervisor, I'd call Child Protective Services and tell them these parents are unfit to raise a child!" How do you respond when a student says this about a character in a book? A character whose parents' only flaws are that they were beat up by robbers, don't have health insurance, and … Continue reading Kids Say the Darnedest Things…

Slice #32: I’m Baaaaack!: Reflections on a Grade Prep Day

Today (a teacher work day) I went into school instead of working from home. There's something to be said for environments and the impact they have on work production. Which, in this case, means if I were to stay at home, I'd be reading and cuddling my cat all day instead of grading! As I … Continue reading Slice #32: I’m Baaaaack!: Reflections on a Grade Prep Day

Slice of Life #26: Ten Minutes Into Work Time…

Tuesday. Period 3. Ten minutes into work time... Two girls sit together reading aloud, book exchanging hands every page. "'Rosalie took her in when her own mother kicked her out, her senior year in high school...' - Ohhh, Starr's mom must be young, then!" I love overhearing student voices when the room is calm, and … Continue reading Slice of Life #26: Ten Minutes Into Work Time…

Slice of Life #22: “Do I really need to know…?”

Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Before the morning bell, Erin enters my room while I'm mid-conversation with a fellow teacher. Erin, like most 6th graders, is socially awkward, so she doesn't think squeezing into the doorframe past a teacher is weird. "Good morning," my co-worker and I both greet her. She answers … Continue reading Slice of Life #22: “Do I really need to know…?”