...And, That's [One of] the Core Problem[s] with...
I have this student in my 11 Honors class— we’ll call him Dan. I had heard plenty of things about Dan before I got him in class, and not a lot of them were good, but I haven’t had really any problems with him. He zones out sometimes and falls behind on his work, but nothing too terrible. He was a consistent C student all through 1st semester, and despite falling behind during 3rd...
Words of Affirmation
Me- I love your shoes!
Student- I love your face!
Yeah, about the test. The test will measure whether you are an informed,...– John Green, in response to the question “Will this be on the test?” I love John Green so much, and this quote is absolutely perfect. This is going on my dry erase board tomorrow morning.
It's That Time of Year Again...
…You know, that special time of year when high school boys start covering girls’ cars with Post-Its and holding up signs during pep rallies and getting their bros to paint their chests with “ALLIE WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME?” and stand at the top of the bleachers at the varsity soccer game. That time of year. So today when I checked my email this morning, I found this: Ms....
If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well...– Albert Einstein. Perfectly captures my teaching philosophy and how I encourage my kiddos to write. Definitely making this into a poster for my classroom. (Mostly I just want an excuse to laminate.)
Writing Teachers Who Write
Writing teachers who write is one of the core tenets of National Writing Project, and it’s something I believe in so deeply. Whether I’m writing a research paper for grad school or writing creatively for myself, the act of writing puts me in the shoes of my students and reminds me of their struggles. Because writing is a complex, recursive, interwoven process- for everyone. Unless...