Tag Archives: writing

Making the Mundane Interesting

I tell my students:

I’m going to read a story to you, but there’s a warning: it’s a disturbing story. It’s not suitable for all audiences, and I’ll understand if anyone wants to leave before I begin. Seriously. Continue reading

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Drawing Lines: The Notebook Lesson

I’ve always liked using writers’ notebooks in my class. They’re great for journaling, drafting, general brainstorming…even doodling. In the past, however, I never really associated any pomp and circumstance with these writers’ journals at the beginning of the year. The … Continue reading

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Near an operator sighs a steer: Generating critical thought with nonsense

I love playing with the syntax and semantics of nonsense. As it turns out, most students get a kick out of it, too. These activities will definitely engage your students and make them think.

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An Ice-breaker with a tech twist: An interactive “Where I’m From” collage

I teach sixth grade – a very tumultuous, confusing, and anxious year for students. It’s in middle school that students really begin constructing a personal identity, and this is an activity I do at the beginning of the year to … Continue reading

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What I didn’t do on my summer vacation…

My school district just wrapped up its first week of classes, and I’m happy to report that my first real year of teaching has started off very well. Normally, the first couple of days of school are reserved for those … Continue reading

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Personal Writing #1: “Cause of Death: Tenderheart Bear”

A bit of creative writing – feel free to comment and criticize. 😛   I am being swallowed by a Care Bear. My nostrils are flaring frantically – the only sign that I’m still alive.  Fuzz is being sucked up … Continue reading

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