Sheesh y'all, this has been a crazy busy week. Oof. Amongst all the chaos here are a few links that sparked some thoughts this week. Collaborating with Kindergarteners Made my High Schoolers Better Writers: I am a big proponent of older and younger students learning together. Not just in a "older kids mentor the younger"… Continue reading Weekly Link Round-Up Feb 24-Mar 2
One of my colleagues frequently tells our students that they need to F.A.I.L at least a couple times a week. Because, of course, it stands for: First Attempt In Learning Now, this is definitely a valuable lesson for the middle schoolers I teach. Anxiety runs high about making even the slightest mistake. We try to… Continue reading F.A.I.L
You may have seen a viral image going around the internet of a check from a dad who was fed up with Common Core math. The problem is, it is really just an example of what a knee-jerk "OMG, this isn't what I know, it must be bad!" reaction looks like. Yes, the implementation of… Continue reading Mini Math Lesson
Here is the next batch of belated poems. The end of the month is so very close! Winter/Spring I brace myself before I even open the door: against the chill that seeps in at every point, no matter how I try. Stepping out into winter, bundled up, huddling into my layers. Chill air perfectly clear,… Continue reading Next Batch of Poems
I am so bad at being a blogger! ;-p I get so wrapped up in the doing and the day job that I forget to blog about the things I am creating and doing. I have a back-log of poems from the month and I'll be posting them a handful a day as the month… Continue reading Belated poetry and a Happy Thanksgiving!
For my third poem of the month I wanted to try some "found" poetry based on what I experience and overhear each day working with 4th graders. I hope it is as humorous to others as it is to me. :-p A Day in the 4th Grade The best part of a weekend can be… Continue reading November 3rd&4th Poems