Rerun: Sunny (2009)

Another fave student from the past story. This one is from 2009. Sunny. I have one class that has 20 girls and only 7 boys in it. Obviously this class has a different dynamic, as they say, from my other classes… (Grammar Tip: I just backspaced, and changed “different…than” to “different…from.” It’s “larger than,” and […]

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BTSN Rerun

Back to School Night #21. Big crowd. Today’s column was mostly going to be a scan/pic of my hastily scrawled notes for this year’s gig. I must say that I really outdid myself in several areas, sheer sloppiness being one of those areas. And it really paid off. I think it was one of the […]

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Turkey Baster?

It’s Giver time, and we hit chapter 5 today. The Stirrings! One of my favorite things to read aloud to a class of easily embarrassed 7th graders.  Today, I’m going to rerun the post from this time a few years ago (2009!), when there was a decidedly vocal reaction to Jonas’s dream. I’ll be back […]

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Writing is Easy!

The wife just sent me a link to a very boss article in The Atlantic about teaching writing in secondary schools. It talks about how all that write-about-yourself and express-yourself and peer-editing (gawd!) shtuff assumed that by just writing and enjoying writing and talking to each other about writing, kids would somehow just “catch” the mechanical […]

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