Tomorrow we start a brand new unit, which is exciting, especially since my 8th graders and I have been wrangling a Shakespearean play for the last two months. No offense to Billy Shakespeare, but I am so glad to be done. To start the year in August was bad enough, and it only added insult to injury … Continue reading Going Above and Beyond the Thematic Essay
It's day two of MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing in the my classroom. We have a day to go. I'm vacillating between immense, crushing boredom (I've already given every student a spirit animal, and a superhero name), and intense fury that we actually had to drop one of our yearly novels to do it. … Continue reading Sacrificing Actual Learning for Standardized Testing
I got an email from an irate set of grandparents. It was kind of cryptic in that they didn't mention anything they were really mad about, just that their grandson, a "wonderful boy," was saying some "really disturbing things" about things going on at school. They didn't ask for a meeting; they demanded one. Given … Continue reading Let Me At ‘Em!