This strategy has become something that I love using and can't imagine teaching without it! It goes by many names, annotation flip chart, writing in the margins chart, the one-pager, that note thingy...you name it! It's helped my students for the past two years become more engaged readers and has given them some direction for … Continue reading Writing in the Margins – Adding structure and questioning for students
Alright, y'all. I'm finally going to start addressing more of the teaching part of my "teaching, fitness, running, fun" tagline. As most of you know, this summer I started my first semester of graduate school in order to obtain my M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on academic coaching. This semester I'm taking … Continue reading Standards and Assessments – Does it work?
Here's a few more poems from my former students. They are now in 8th grade, and did blackout poems in their ELA classes. Since this time 7th grade they have matured so much, and their poetry shows it.
Poetry could arguably be one of the toughest types of writing to delve into and interpret meaning. The figurative language can be overpowering, and sometimes the word choice is antiquated. Even modern-era poems can take a while to interpret. Now, imagine teaching poetry to 7th graders in an urban setting. Most students have never even … Continue reading Teaching and Loving Poetry
Wow, getting back into teaching 7th graders after a rough fall semester and a two-week Christmas break is rough! I survived my first week back, and ended it with some great news. Some background: This is my 3rd year teaching at a Title I school in Austin. I've spent all three years at the same … Continue reading Celebrating growth