[Quote of the Week] Theme Songs

Earlier this year the students I had the great fortune of teaching at the time were choosing theme songs. The purpose was to help create a vision of success in their growing brains while sneaking in some reading and writing. We talked about imagining themselves enter a room, concert hall, field, meeting–whatever location would hold…

[Quote of the Week] QOW #22

The lovies are playing board games, dressing up from the costume bin, and challenging me to various card games. They’ve earned some free-choice time at the end of the day on a Friday. J. observes B. is not paying attention during our game of Uno and is causing our game to go more slowly than…

[Quote of the Week] QOW #21

Me: Okay dudes, there’s something we need to get done today.  Third period started on it today, and it didn’t go very well.  In fact, I was kind of frustrated.  I’ll tell you what it is, and maybe you have an idea for how it can go better? A: We could just pay attention.  I…

[Quote of the Week] Leaning Pizza

The Scene: Journal-writing time.  The schmoopies are all writing.  In fact, they all started writing early–before the bell rang (!!!).  Schmoopie T. has a question.  Typically, there is no question-asking or question-answering during writing time, but since they started early I oblige… T: Um, does the Tower of Pisa lean? Me: Well, yes. T: Okay……

Quote of the Week #19

In the midst of talking to the class about something vitally important (to me), I hear a low-level ruckus.  I look up, see the cause of the ruckus, pause, ponder, and say… “So… Kiddo A… Whatcha doin’ in the trashcan, buddy?” He looked up, shrugged, and went back to his desk. Goal Progress: 4/20