The Space Where I Learn

A reverso is a poem with two halves. In a reverso, the second half reverses the lines from the first half, with changes only in punctuation and capitalization — and it has to say something completely different from the first half. My class creates a long day. Time alone is scare. Dealing with drama: easier... Continue Reading →

Post-Assessment (SOL Day 24)

Yesterday we took an important assessment. Even though my students don’t love them, they understand that assessments are a part of the learning process. They expect them to happen often in our classroom. We use growth mindset language and seek to grow from our experiences. It was the second time this year we had a... Continue Reading →

What Can I Control?

I began sweating early this morning. Presentations were today and my reaction made me wonder if this is how parents feel when their children perform, compete, or showcase their work. I wanted visitors to be impressed. I wanted them to see the excitement in my students' eyes as they discussed their topic. Would they see what... Continue Reading →

Through the Screen

I look through the screen. I am there. In the lab full of computers and outdated chairs. I can hear Patti in the hallway, cracking a joke. If I stuck my head out the purple door, I might see her and add my own commentary. Two doors down is a room of rainbows where Carol... Continue Reading →

My Class (Slice of Life: Day 31)

When we started this journey on March 1st, I had no idea what to expect. I prepared myself for some bumps in the road, disappointments, difficulties, etc. As we began, questions filled my head. Will my students participate? Will they be excited to post? Will they find something to love about writing?  I am incredibly proud of... Continue Reading →

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