[Teaching] Summer School Check-in

Gah! It sure is hard to teach and live and blog and do all the things. Time passes so quickly in a woosh of days, moments, and last-minutes. While I have sworn more than once that I would never ever teach during the Summer again, I am. And you know what?  It’s great!  I teach…

[Teaching] Back in the Saddle

And so. I’ve been back in the teaching saddle for a year now. Tried my hat at administration, learned so much from some amazing people, and realized that without kids in my daily life, I just ain’t happy (my grammar starts to go down the tubes too).  As is my penchant, I decided to try…

[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…

[Integrated Learning Weekly] This week in the news…

I am exploring new ways to share updated information and news with my collegues. Here is my current method. It is a List.ly list that I am hoping to curate weekly. All of these links came from my own reading from my Feedly page, Twitter, and shared articles. I save these posts using Pocket, and…

[Teaching Writing] Found Faces

Many surprising things happened today.  I woke up early, but not too early (!!!). I actually GOT up (!!!).  I took Stella the Dog for a walk after I got up (!!!).  And, I saw and took photos of fun things on my walk, AND I’ve already turned them into a writing prompt for today (!!!). Oh, and I…

[Teaching Art] Describing Chi

Yesterday I tried to start an art study on Chinese Calligraphy. As the turkey-butts would say, it was an epic fail. Middle school turkey butts are so very very literal, that they just weren’t getting the… the… zen of the whole thing (maybe because “zen” is Japanese in origin?).  I knew that if I set…

[Teacher Prep] Gearing Up

Well my caped friends, it’s nigh time to prepare for the return of my dear little poodle-heads. I have a fizzy energy about what this year might hold, but seem to be avoiding the classroom-preparation tasks ahead of me. My goal today?  I actually stop by my room. That’s enough for a day, yes?