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
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
We are now three full weeks into our book clubs and my students are blowing me away with their excitement and participation within the reading process. In my prior post, I touched on the set up the process of student choice for students to be more involved and ultimately invested in their book clubs. The … Continue reading Update on 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