In honor of my seniors, and their impending graduation, I thought this quote by William Faulkner was fitting.
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
(Story synopsis from book jacket)
Amazingly the only way that I discovered this book was through one of my students in my 8th hour World Lit class. This student of mine is an avid reader and she and I have frequently had conversations about books that we have each recently read. She will also come to me for recommendations on what books she should read next. Continue reading
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
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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.
Today the district that I work in had a 2-hour delay. This was due to the icy conditions from the freezing rain overnight. Originally today we were scheduled to administer the ACT to the juniors and the sophomores were going to take a practice ACT. This meant that the seniors were not going to be in class.
With the 2-hour delay we were changed to a regular attendance day for all students. While many of the seniors were disappointed that their plans changed, it’s always important to try and find the silver lining. 1) By not cancelling school, we won’t have to make it up later. 2) Seniors will get an opportunity to have college visits on the 17th when the ACT is rescheduled for the Juniors and Sophomores. 3) All of the students had the opportunity to sleep in extra before coming in to school.