“There’s already something on the back of mine.” (Also: Racial Harmony.)

It was our first day back in the classroom after 8 days in the library. We were all glad to be back. “Oh, my clicker…how I’ve missed you.” One of them actually said that. OMG. What a day. Full of action, and laugh after laugh. First there was the video. YouTube is blocked in our […]

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Out-to-Lunch Middle Schoolers Say the Darnedest Things

This past week just disappeared on me. I’ve been spending my time monitoring the Tom Sawyer Moodle Experiment, and thinking of ways to expand and build on it (it’s working beauty so far). I also need to figure out the accountability angle; all my grade grubbers are wondering how they’re going to get their extra […]

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“Do you love me?” (Also: Weird “Week”)

Wotta “week.” Considering how tired I am, I can’t believe it was only a three-day week – for some reason we had a 4-day weekend for Veterans’ day. And I done clean forgot that I was supposed to give the “District Benchmark Test #1” (that’s a whole ‘nother post) by Friday. So we spent Wednesday […]

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Let’s Play: Can You Understand a Seventh Grader?

The last one was easy. Let’s really up the ante. We’ll have three rounds. Go! Today we were talking about euphemisms. I’m starting to get them ready to read The Giver. (I’ll be talking soon enough about the end of The Outsiders and starting up the new novel. Dunno how that slipped by.) After explaining […]

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Chapter Nine – Part I (Also, sarcastic comedy.)

Admittedly, chapter 9 has some filler. I still don’t get Pony’s little poll about why each of them fights. I finally eliminated questions about that from my quizzes. Unlike almost everything else in the novel, this feels tacked on, maybe just to build tension for the rumble. There are a few laughs. Soda trying to […]

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