Choice Projects


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How many essays could a student write, if a student did write essays?

Ok, so that was my lame attempt at a play off of the rhyme about the woodchuck. Bur really, though…how many times do we ask our students to write papers over the novels that they have just read? Sometimes the answer is, a little too often. As much as we try to vary the prompts that the students are writing about, it’s still another paper that they have to write. And my World Lit students were starting to get tired of writing literary analysis papers. (To be honest, it’s sometimes hard for the teacher to keep reading essays that are all so similar as well) So this time…my students didn’t.

Recently, my students finished reading the choice novels for the quarter. They were able to pick from Troy, Like Water for Chocolate, The Stranger and The Namesake. So what could I do to assess all of these students who had read different novels? Continue reading

Education in Finland


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I know that in the United States a majority of the discussion about education is currently revolving around Common Core State Standards and the new PARCC testing. Our local news even had another story on the PARCC tests last night. And anywhere you look you will find opinions on both sides in regards to Common Core standards.

However, this post will not be one of those.

Instead, this morning when I woke up I saw an interesting article that was published by “The Independent” about a move that schools in Finland are taking. Continue reading

National Puppy Day


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Today is National Puppy Day, so of course I had to make a post dedicated to my favorite furry little man…Pugsley. I do not, however, have any puppy pictures of Pugsley. This is because Pugsley is a rescue dog and we got him when he was 5 years old. But he is still my baby.

Pugsley was very sick with heart-worm when we adopted him and we originally thought that we would not have very much time to enjoy him. In spite of his poor health, we were very lucky and he made it through all of his treatment. Since then he has been a continuous joy…even when he has his “grumpy old man” moments. (As you can see in the picture to the left, haha.)

However, I have learned that every day is a gift as we have continued to have other health issues that we have faced during our years with Pugsley. I have learned to enjoy each one of his goofy moments when he finds his “puppy-like” spark and just wants to play. I have learned that some of the best moments can be spent curled up on the couch with a soft, warm blanket. Pugsley has shown that no matter what obstacles he is faced with, he will keep overcoming them. Pugsley is a great representative of not only the Pug breed, but of the rescue breed as well.

As you can see with the picture on the right, Pugsley is never one to pass up taking a new adventure. (This picture was taken on Saturday on our hike on a nearby “island” near the Mississippi River.) In my opinion, Pugsley is certainly a one in a million type of dog and certainly my best furry friend.

Puglsey is one who proves that age is only a number and he embraces those days when being a “puppy” is the best and most fun option. He also then knows how to appreciate a good nap once the adventures are over.

So here’s to celebrating our puppies, both young and old!



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