Something wicked +1

Is it just me or does one become a veteran teacher far too soon in one’s journey? Meaning, how did I get so old?! Well, as scary as that is, it’s better than the alternative, right Poe? Allow me to present the context: through December I have a student teacher, and boy oh boy am I happy to know her. She’s going to be a fantastic teacher, wants to do well and jump right in. This has been an especially chaotic start to the new school year for me: our administration takes great care and time to balance the master…

Blackbird singing in the dead of night…

  Now you’re going to think I’m obsessed with crows. I’m not. (At least I don’t think I am. In any case, that’s between me and my “doctor.”) My husband sent me this link to this story, including video, from Wired magazine. Again, these birds are demonstrating intelligence and creative thinking. Check out this story and links, and let me know your thoughts: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/aesopscrows/ Questions: Who was this fellow Aesop they refer to in the article? What did he do that he is now famous for? Do you know of stories from your own culture that are like Aesop’s? Could…

dreaming of pomegranates…

        I have become so immersed in Greek mythology it’s intruding into my dreams. Do you ever notice that sometimes there is a phrase or person who seems to be present during a certain time? This last week was a perfect example. We started Greek mythology in class, and I told my students about the three little pomegranate seeds that brought Persephone into an unfortunate marriage (although, I think she’s actually kind of digging the power now). Then, I wrote myself an email reminding me to bring in a pomegranate to class in case someone hadn’t seen one before. Next, my husband brought up…

Classic Short Stories–Some Spooky Ones for October!

http://www.americanliterature.com/SS/SSINDX.HTML  http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lotry.html This is a link to “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson. Good choice for our Reading Road Trip this month. This website has a lot of classic short stories. Enjoy! Some other choices: The Monkey’s Paw, or the Tell-Tale Heart. These are some of my FAVORITES! :0