Turning to a New Page

The school year is coming to a close, and about three weeks ago my principal asked me to teach a new class this year.  And it's not Language Arts OR Reading OR any combination thereof.  I was shocked and amazed--and honored and appreciative. This has been a year in which I have grown and stretched …

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Break

Today is the first day of the rest of our Christmas break.  It involved teaching, napping, cooking, driving, reading, (not all simultaneously) and now writing followed by resting followed (tomorrow) by shopping.  Sunday will be more driving and then visiting my family in Louisiana. This year has been busy and full and hard and exhausting, …

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Chopped Poetry: The results

This is an actual letter that I sent to three administrators and the P.A.S.S. teacher (a different take on adaptive behavior programs--kids who have very specific acting out tendencies) regarding one of the most surprising results from Chopped Poetry.  This came from an 8th grade student that I teach. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I did an experimental lesson …

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Nature or Nurture or Just Good Taste in Movies?

Thad had a boat load of homework to complete tonight.  I mean a ton.  A lot.  A monumental amount.  Because he tends to get sidetracked at times. . .like when he was three and Tony lowered him behind the couch by his ankles to retrieve his Batmobile.  Thad exclaimed, "I got it!  I got it!"  …

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