Important Note

I am not entirely sure why, but according to Blogger, this post– this post right here–this post is only my 98th post.  I think I deleted some one day.  Or I can’t read.  Or I can’t count.  Who knows?  What is important is that  my 102th (pronounced one-hundred-tooth) post is still coming up.  Mark your calendars!…

Folk-a-licious

In our recent discussion of folktales, we listed the following components: 1.  A powerful person 2.  A not-so-powerful person 3. Twists and turns 4. A beautiful character 5. A problem or  riddle 6. A Moral 7. The End After some practice the Sugar Pies were assigned the following task, and we created a rubric* for…

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On days like today, I am quite certain that my little sweet-niks simply cannot hear me.  It isn’t that they cannot hear (although one of them used to have a hearing loss), and it isn’t that they have an auditory processing deficit (although quite a percentage of them do), and it isn’t that they are…

Stop, Elaborate, and Listen!

The lesson of the day was “elaboration.”  We talked for a while about the difference between elaboration, exaggeration, and lies.  We talked about when elaboration is a good idea, and when it might not be (“when the police ask you questions?”).  We then dug into my collection of interesting magazine photos (fifteen years in the…

Mini-Lesson… Maxi-Topic

In my college days a “mini-lesson” was defined to me as a part of a Writers Workshop as follows: Mini-Lesson The mini-lesson is part of Writers’ Workshop and provides a short (5- to 10- minute), structured lesson on a topic related to writing. Topics are selected by the teacher and based on student need or…

Quote of the Week #11

Today J. was sent to my room with the direction to show me evidence of his most recent misbehavior. Had he used profanity?  No.  Had he harmed someone?  Nope.  Did he have an illegal substance?  Nein.  He had… Wait for it…. …drawn with Mr.Sketch smelly markers all over his face.  ALL over.  What did he say…