Numbers, Body Acceptance, and Making a Difference

In the educational world, there is a video based discussion platform called Flipgrid which allows students to share their voices (and faces) with others. It's rather simple to use (even for old people like me), so I was a bit surprised when I could hear, but couldn't see a couple of my students. When I…

Finally…My Year End Reflection

It's been almost 2 weeks since I packed up my classrooms and locked the doors. And since that time, I haven't had a chance to come up for air. But in a good way. I've been on the move. And yes, this is how I am justifying my absence from the blog. Besides, I needed…

I Wasn’t the Fun Parent and I’m Not the Fun Teacher

What. A. Week. Friday was a long time coming. There were moments (several of them, actually) when I seriously wondered if I was going to make it to the weekend. The week started out well. My Monday and Tuesday were the kind of days teachers dream about. My 6th graders were creating blogs and begging…

Why Words are Greater Than Numbers

Last Thursday I left school extremely disappointed. And discouraged. And crabby. And...well...you get the idea. Last Thursday was...STAR testing. At the risk of boring you, let me tell you a little bit about STAR testing. According to its technical manual, the purpose of STAR is to progress monitor students' skills. And up until last Thursday, that's precisely…

Just Me Rambling (Again)

August 30th. The date of my last post. My excuse? I'm a teacher and it's September. My motivation today? 113 on demand narrative writing pre-assessments. Now don't get me wrong. I actually enjoy correcting pre-assessments. Especially the narratives my students write at the beginning of the year. Not only do I get a snapshot of where they are…