This year, like all New Years, brings with it a sense of excitement and renewal. We just returned from a 2 week break (we came back to school on Thursday of last week) and everyone is happy to be back and ready to learn…or at least I am! 2018 brought with it a lot of… Read More What’s New in 2019
I have been using brain breaks in my classroom a lot this year, mostly to move kids around in my classroom and to get their wiggles out. I have been trying out all kinds of things for them to do: Simon Says – It’s always fun to do quick round of my favorite game in… Read More Brain Breaks and The Story Circle – A Fun Twist on Class Stories
The day after our class fiestas was not really what I was expecting…… Read More Fiestas and a Hard Lesson (For Me)
Hi everyone! As I have mentioned a few times before, I have been planning to use news articles in the classroom for reading materials for my middle school students. I have been putting off writing about it because I wanted to try a few different kinds of activities before I write about how great or… Read More Using News in Middle School
The year is beginning and the desks are out! (I have 4 folding tables that I can bring out if I need to, but they are out of the way and I’m loving the openness of the classroom!) An Outward Sign of What Class is Like At the beginning of every year, I spend a… Read More No More Desks!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my final exam projects. The gist of that post was that I was giving up micromanaging the kids’ writing. They would write on their own and they would edit on their own. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. The assignment For their final exam,… Read More Micromanaging the Class (Part 3): The Results
Sometimes I question my grand experiment, that is, the whole story behind this blog. I know others out there can feel a lack of confidence bred by the daily grind of school life, the inability to step outside of our own routines and see through new eyes. Sometimes I want to just go back to… Read More Experiments, Failed and Otherwise