BoT #2

We started reading Tom Sawyer today. This time, I’m going to try to read A LOT more of it in class. They need to hear the cadence and the twang, and the fun Mark Twain has with language. And I get to “talk southern.” (Aside: My dad grew up in Illinois, and when he got mad at […]

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A Flower? Phew.

This one is from January ’09; back in the early(ish) days of this here blog. I was just reminded today when one genius thought I was asking for a paragraph of 150 pages, instead of 150 words. “I thought that was a pretty long paragraph… I mean really.. And you’re always telling us to use […]

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Your Inner Steamboat.

Last night they read chapter two in Tom Sawyer, with the famous whitewashing scene. The “steamboat” kid was a topic of questions today. Ben Rogers is the first of Tom’s victims. “What was that two pages of  noises? What is up with that kid…? “He was pretending to be a steamboat, you know, swinging his arms around […]

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1903

When I tried to put the ellipsis dots (…) as a title, my blog software couldn’t cope, and title in the permalink became 1903. So I’ll just call this entry 1903… Today I witnessed another sign of the continuing de-evolution of seventh graders  — isn’t each succeeding generation supposed to get smarter? We were working on […]

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