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Using Mentor Texts to Create Class Creeds

Earlier this week, I invited students to explore the notion of creating a class creed or contract by examining ones we found online and then brainstorming ideas for what they valued and wanted to include in a collective belief about each class.  Not only was I highly impressed by the thoughtfulness and insight the students […]

A-Wordling We Go

Some of my students from last year might remember my infatuation with creating word clouds using Wordle.  There are so many educational possibilities for this type of organization and classification.  Last week in class, I asked my 8th grade students to write down individual lists of things they were looking forward to this year, and […]

Reflecting on Week One

In the course of four days I’ve experienced: butterflies of anticipation in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. the throes of an allergic onslaught and thwarted head cold. admiration of my colleagues.  sheer excitement at the possibility each day has to offer. total pride in my amazing students. complete and utter vocal chord exhaustion. a […]

Keeping up with the Cornwells

Check this out, I’m getting the hang of blogging!  You would think that as a recent college graduate my technology skills would be stellar, however I must admit that this is my first blogging experience.   I can tell that one of my many challenges this year will be keeping up with the very tech savvy Mrs. […]

Back to School Night

While we have been at school for the past couple of weeks preparing the room, the lessons, and ourselves for the start of another year, it wasn’t really real until yesterday.  Hearing the clink of locker doors, the buzz of nervous excited students and the gentle reminders of parents, made it very clear this was […]

Final Days

Well, my intent to post weekly to this blog didn’t exactly pan out as I’d hoped.  It’s not to say that I don’t enjoy writing and sharing the happenings of our classroom.  It has more to do with finding enough hours within a day to complete all the required tasks. Factor in the fact that […]

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