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!
"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…
This morning, Step-sitting with the cat, (as is our tradition on sunny mornings) We had a visitor! A little boy Who lives in the neighborhood zooming by on his scooter, Mom trailing behind. We have a next-door neighbor with cats, So mom was saying, "Look for the house with the cats," When suddenly - The … Continue reading Slice of Life #30: Stress-Eating Cat
Last weekend, I was angry. I sat down to grade my students' notebook pages (a skill my colleagues use with their students to great success), and was disappointed by the utter crap I was looking at. Okay, I know that was a dramatic few sentences. But it's exhausting to teach, reteach, give work time, manage … Continue reading Slice of Life #27: Dramatic Grading!
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…
I stayed with a host family for the first month of my study abroad program in Madrid, Spain. They were an older couple, with a dog who peed on the floor and an addiction to watching political talking heads on TV. We weren't close, but I did learn a lot about their culture through their … Continue reading Slice of Life #23: Redefining Dessert
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 recently saw a tweet from @NicholasFerroni, reading: Teacher: someone who loses sleep worrying about other peoples' children. I totally identify with this quote. Teaching is so much more emotional and nuanced than I ever expected. It's also so difficult to explain this to anyone who is not a teacher. So today, I'm going to … Continue reading Slice of Life #20: Teaching Is…
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