TGIW: good day when you are a PowerPoint wiz?

Today was a good teaching day.  I felt particularly proud of my school’s student body when they were the ones leading the standing ovations (not the staff) during an all-school presentation by a Holocaust survivor.  There was an air of productivity and perspective that permeated throughout the rest of the day. I was very happy Read More …

Teaching Inference: literary inferences

My incoming freshmen just couldn’t seem to get the idea of inferring a literary reference until I let slip some lyrics about shooting stars in a last ditch effort at making them understand the reference…  I think we were pretty close to all breaking into song and I lost quite a lot of credibility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsQ0WCLUXy8 Read More …

TGIF: what went right about the schoolday

Text: Fever 1793 Some small behavioral worries aside, I am very happy with the way my students worked together today.  I tried a modified version of lit circles today in class.  I needed to get through four chapters of reading today to remain on-track with my novel completion goals.  Here’s how it worked… very well. Read More …