Sadly, the air conditioning is on in my classroom and that coupled with already feeling feverish doesn’t make for comfort while I teach!
Being sick stinks… we can all agree on that, but sometimes we have to bite the bullet and work even when we should probably be at home taking care of ourselves.
The fact of the matter is, once we become parents, our “sick” time often goes to their sick time and balancing when we have to take off of school for various child related issues, it makes it challenging to take care of our own needs.
I’m in that predicament right now.
This year has been challenging. Between other health related matters that required immediate attending to, it has been one sinus infection after the next and this time it may even be bronchitis. (more…)
Growing up I played lots of sports and the best coaches I had were firm yet supportive. They challenged me to play hard and and taught me when appropriate to back off; they saw my talent, but never let me rest solely on that.
Whether on a field, on the sidelines or eagerly watching on from the back of the classroom, a good coach’s goal is to ensure his/her mentee or player finds success in a meaningful way.
To me, reflection is one of the most essential skills we can teach students to do to aid in their development as learners. It is possible for all learners regardless of age, ability or function to reflect if taught properly.
Too often, we assume that reflection is something kids know how to do, but the fact of the matter is that it MUST be taught.
After seeing the simplicity of how reflection was handled or not being handled by many of my peers, I suggested I lead a PD session on how to teach reflection to my principal and she agreed.
AP students engage in a short writing activity before the debate ensued. They were ready and engaged to duke it out verbally over whether or not Hamlet is a tragic hero… at least by act 3
The bell rang and they were still going at it.
Not in a bad way…
In the best way possible.
This week we have been doing table reads of scenes from Act 3 in Hamlet. Students were expected to prepare their scene, practice reading it together and then prepare questions or an activity to engage the class in a discussion about their section.
Today’s went so well, we had a lot of respectful disagreement based on the text.
In the midst of being observed by a cohort of principals my students did what every teacher hopes will happen daily, they took over the space.
Once the group completed their line of questioning, I asked all the students to consider whether or not Hamlet is a tragic hero based on what they know of him now in Act 3. (more…)
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