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. http://www.readbrightly.com/reverso-poetry-writing-verse-reverse/ My class creates a long day. Time alone is scare. Dealing with drama: easier …

Nurture Under Arrest

In high school, a series of sexual harassment incidents occurred involving my English teacher. Ten years ago, he was released early on good behavior. He spent a mere sixteen months in jail for luring a 17-year-old into a prolonged sexual relationship.  The first victim was my friend's sister, and soon after, several others came forward. …

Teaching (Slice of Life: Day 22)

Teaching is a job where expectations are higher than mountains We play with marionettes dancing them to the beat of the song. We must differentiate, entertain, teach social skills without a time frame Planning becomes a competition of Pinterest visuals where salaries don't reflect quality To test or not to test? We teach parents how …

A Rare Wedding (Slice of Life: Day 2)

In my 5th grade class, our current Read Aloud book is Number the Stars. Today we read the second chapter, which included the main character sharing a memory of her 18-year-old sister getting ready for her wedding. After reading, I asked my class to jot down a thought they were having about the book right …

Growing Pains (Slice of Life: Day 1)

In my class, we talk about the difference between being in our comfort zone and our brave zone. Although we feel safe and warm in our comfort zone, we recognize that it's not where we grow. However, stepping into our brave zone challenges our minds and physically creates brain growth by making new pathways. As …