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I feel like this slice needs a disclaimer…I didn’t intentionally use any particular aspect of craft besides honesty. If nothing else, that’s something that I’ve really enjoyed in my classroom lately. The honest way my 7th graders have been writing about why they want to research a particular job, the 8th grader who hates poetry, […]
I sat at the table, the noisy talk of teachers acting much like regular people filled the restaurant. Bursts of laughter helped edge out the flickers of sadness at saying farewell to one among us. Hungrily, I surveyed my burger for the best possible first bite. Flavors melding, grease dripping, then suddenly – horror! My […]
“I think I’m not going to eat anymore,” Calder declares, carefully placing the untouched half of his PB&J back onto his plate. Trying not to allow the smile I felt fully form, I ask, “Why, Buddy?” Slowly, deliberately, he explains. “Because you keep saying my food makes me get bigger, and I just don’t think […]
On mornings when we’re running late, feeling the edges of our words a little too sharply as we toss them around at one another, on drives when the volume from the backseat reaches deafening decibels, on those days especially, witnessing unexpected beauty changes everything. This weekend, as we drove home from town Sunday afternoon, we […]
I arrived to pick up my kids from daycare just as the entire group of 12 toddlers paraded, hand-in-hand, in from the playground. They clasped their gloved-hands as best they could to be safe as they crossed the parking lot. Since they were all ready, I loaded the kids into the van and I think […]
As we enter a brand new year, I asked my eighth graders to consider what their word would be. It’s fun to see the variety they’ve captured – some serious and moving, others downright funny (pancakes?).
As we ring in the New Year, we’re also preparing to bid adieu to the 2nd quarter of our school year. With that, we have book review projects and presentations coming up in the next two weeks. Today in class, students had time to work on their writing assignment which is to be turned in […]