Structurally Writing Unstructured

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My students are writing without structure! “What? Did I hear you correctly?” you might ask. But yes, you did. I am asking my students to leave the comfort zone of writing structure and go where their minds take them. Continue reading

Hello December

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Hello there December. You are that month that is both eagerly anticipated and dreaded (mostly by teachers) at the same time. Just your name alone holds all of the anticipation and excitement of the holiday season. The sparkling lights, the Christmas carols, Continue reading

Book Review: THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher

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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker — his classmate and crush — who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself — a truth he never wanted to face.

(Story synopsis from book cover)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher has been on my reading list for a while now, however I just got around to reading this book over Thanksgiving Break. I had heard mixed reviews about the book, but I can truly say Continue reading

Building Relationships

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I was reminded again today just how important it is for teachers to build relationships with their students. It is always important to take an interest in the lives of your students. Some students are not as open as others, but they will always notice that you care about their lives, their interests and how well they are doing in your class. Working with high school students it is sometimes easy to forget, but they need the involvement and attention almost as much as some of our elementary kids. Our high school students are at critical moments in their lives, and they appreciate knowing that their teachers care about them and have their best interests in mind.

Today as my students were typing Continue reading

Wait, Did I Just Hear the Word “Finals”?!?

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Just like the students, teachers are also often surprised at how quickly the school year seems to go by. To me it seems just like moments ago that I was starting the school year off at a brand new school, teaching a brand new set of students. Yesterday though, I got an email (as did the rest of the staff) with the schedule for 1st semester final exams. :O Final exams?!? Already?!?

Thankfully, this year Continue reading

Get Those Creative Juices Flowing

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Recently I’ve been working on planning a writing unit for my World Literature and Composition classes. As is almost always the case for teachers and their planning, I have had to come up with some alternative choices. Continue reading

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