Slice of Life #3: I dodged the ACT bullet!

Today is Tuesday, March 3rd: the dreaded ACT day. Dreaded, of course, for Juniors terrified of what number the day has in store that will determine some part of their future... and, what do you know! Dreaded by the teachers who have to proctor the dang thing. I, somehow, got dealt a favorable hand and … Continue reading Slice of Life #3: I dodged the ACT bullet!

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 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…?”

Slice of Life #19: When a Dystopia Hits Too Close to Home

If you know me well, you probably know that I'm on Instagram, where I mostly post about books. I love this community - I mean, what's better than a bunch of book nerds sharing their love for reading, celebrating old favorites and new releases? Today INTERNMENT by Samira Ahmed released, and, since I preordered the … Continue reading Slice of Life #19: When a Dystopia Hits Too Close to Home