Life and History (history is life)

A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family I began this project I called “dismantling the essay” or “disrupting the essay,” and it continues. Driving home today, […]

protecting readers

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved to read. Her mother read her books. When baby sisters came along she read books to herself. Her dad […]

Scary things.

In the spirit of Halloween, have students write two-sentence horror stories. I like #10. Thanks to my colleague, Taylor Thorne, for these: — Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) October 31, 2018 […]

Sturdy Structures and Tapestries

Every time I feel I have my Professor McGonagall-mojo in place, inevitably realize I am only a Trelawney. I want to be firm, peering over the edge of my spectacles, […]

Perception is Truth. (Until it’s not.)

The faces are blurred to protect my students, of course. I wish I could share the unredacted photo: the students are relaxed, even laughing. Their body language is engaged, there […]

Fresh Start 101

Do students come to your classroom year with reputations?  Well. Yes. And–I’m struggling with the past clinging to some students. That’s about as diplomatic as I’m can muster right now. […]

Mrs. Love is extra. Happy.

Needed to take a moment and capture the first two weeks at my new school: I love teaching ELA/History again! Great and wonderful things: 8th-grade scholars (not students, scholars) who […]

Authors to shelve.

If I had one wish for secondary teachers it’s that they would stop confusing Ayn Rand with someone who was a good writer/thinker. I am not suggesting stop teaching her […]

Designing Teachers

*The featured image is from my colleague’s Ben’s room. He and his partner created an amazing space for his students: this is the huge wall to display the projector, and […]

Tell your story.

You’re 8 years old. Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But […]

Summer Series of Saves: Discuss, please

Twitter, well, Twitter is a lot of things but it does provide some great discussion/debate threads if you’re patient to find the gems. Here are five threads that gave me […]

Student Writing: Blogs

This post is a bit specific, written for a colleague: if none of this helps you, swipe on by. The question is how to start student blogging and grading with […]

Summer Series of Saves: It’s not just you.

Is anyone else finding that social media/cell phones have completely altered their capacity to read books and concentrate on multi-page sequences? It’s become a major problem… — Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) […]

School Shopping.

Is Teachers Pay Teachers “bad?” And why do I have an image of my #ProjectLIT progress? I’ll pull it all together, promise. I believe that as a whole TPT is […]