"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…
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
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…
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…?”
Let's see if this story works with just screenshots of tweets and posts... Meanwhile... We even had to have a rock-paper-scissors tournament for first-reading rights! Thank you, Mr. Craft!
I'm feeling pretty down today - after a peaceful guest-led experience on Friday, I felt like my students were out to get me. To reflect on the differences between my days, I want to try out a new form I found from Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum. I'm changing it a little to read On … Continue reading Slice of Life #18: On Friday/Today
If you want to know how to get kids to read, give them a bunch of brand-new, high-interest, FREE books to check out. Then, let them pick their favorite, and start reading. I know it's not always possible depending on our resources, but I'm lucky enough to teach in a school where I have had … Continue reading Slice of Life #5: Nothing Like A Fresh Book
Today I shared my Summer Reading List with my students and did some flash book talks before letting them do some exploring on their own. However, in my 5th period class, we got lost on a tangent for a while (as always. They're my favorite class because they always stay respectful and fun for tangential … Continue reading Eleven Year Olds Talk About 9/11