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I’m not sure I’ve ever really considered Leap Day a holiday, but I’ve always been intrigued by this special day. My fascination with the day grew infinitesimally when my cousin became a mother back in 2000 on this very day. I’ll never forget the way she grinned about the fact that of course, her child would […]
I knew she would have to decide on her own. From that first lesson when I pushed her too far, she didn’t want to participate. Every Monday night for three weeks, we went, we sat, and I spent the hour swallowing the annoyance that I’d spent good money for her to watch. But, I waited. […]
I remember walking through Grandma’s kitchen recently, seeing the very same Tupperware cookie jar on the counter, then same smokey grey classes in her cupboards and even the same white dishes with the ivy pattern around the edges. She got a new stove and the drawer I used to play in as a toddler has […]
In class we recently read The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder as part of our unit on mysteries. Students took a close look at the use of figurative language (similes, metaphors and personification) used by the author, as well as possible themes explored in the book. As a creative reflection to wrap up the […]
The purpose of this post is to demonstrate how students can use their blogs as their “notebooks” on which they write their assignment and their teacher’s blog as the “basket” where they will turn that assignment in. More specifically, the comment section of a specific post is where they will submit their work. I commonly […]
It’s been far too long since I’ve written. I wonder if other writers – students or teachers – feel this same overwhelming desire to write, and yet find the,selves scrambling to eek out the time. I have countless ideas to share, and little nuggets of life that I long to record for my students, my […]