Prioritizing Civil Discourse

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

Presenting at i-Innovate

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

Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop

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

Cultivating Student Choice in Reading with Book Clubs

“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