It is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Election Day. A day that fills many of us with patriotic excitement with a strong dose of anxiousness. This federal election cycle has been the most divisive election of my lifetime. And if I feel that was an adult, I know my students are feeling it too. Talking about … Continue reading Prioritizing Civil Discourse
A review of the need for culturally responsive teaching in the face of racial injustices through professional development and classroom resources.
Ah! It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year - Winter Break! Now that I have made it to Winter Break, I wanted to take time to acknowledge that December is a busy time of year. My students had a week off of school for Thanksgiving break and returned to three jam packed … Continue reading The School Holiday Calendar
The school district that I work for implemented one student-to-one device six years ago. I began my first year of teaching during the second year of the one-to-one implementation. My teaching journey with a one-to-one environment has been a mixture of diving right in and slight hesitations in regards to the feasibility of some of … Continue reading Presenting at i-Innovate
As the final formal writing piece of the school year students wrote a book review on their book club book. The school district I work for utilizes a curriculum that provides “boxed” reading and writing units that implement the workshop model of instruction, one of the units assigned to my grade level is a book … Continue reading Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop
After four weeks of time in class for the independent reading of their book club books and completion of weekly check-in notes, students were presented with the next phase of our World War II book clubs: an independent project. Student choice is important to me when assigning reading projects. I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading Book Clubs Independent Project
“I love this” - an actual quote from a seventh-grade student as he met with his book club. I told the student I would be quoting him; he smirked at me and said, “go ahead, this is going to be fun!” My teacher heart was so full. Getting middle schoolers excited about reading is one … Continue reading Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs