Student Reflection on the Standards and SBG

In a previous post, I wrote about how standards based grading has changed me and my approach to teaching. It wasn’t until we had our students reflect on their growth on the standards this week and met with parents at conferences that I realized that standards based grading is changing them as well. Our message … Continue reading

Our First Week in English 1: Learning through Stations

Station Rotation Instead of lecturing to our students during the first week of school, we used stations. Our students learned about the “content”, figured out our expectations, and collaborated with one another while moving around the room. Student centered learning at its finest! Station 1: Syllabus Scavenger Hunt If there is one thing that students … Continue reading

Professional Book Review: 180 Days – Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents

For those of you who know me, you would not be surprised that I have already read, annotated, and “post-it noted” Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher’s latest professional development book on reading/writing workshop, 180 Days – Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents.  If you haven’t already ordered this book, stop reading this … Continue reading

Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

I am always in search for a good memoir and Educated is one I will be sharing with others for years to come. Summary from Goodreads: An unforgettable memoir in the tradition of The Glass Castle about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University … Continue reading

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella has been a go-to author of mine for years now.  I have read every one of her Shopaholic series books, and I have always enjoyed her quick witted humor and her way of bringing a bit of “drama” to her character’s life.  Surprise Me was what I expected and the perfect “beach read” for my spring … Continue reading