The Patron Saints of Nothing

I remember how during sophomore year, my English class read Night by Elie Wiesel while we learned about the Holocaust in World History. After we finished the book, we read the author’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. I don’t remember the exact words, but I remember how he said something about how if people don’t speak out when something wrong is happening—wherever in the world—they’re helping whoever is committing that wrong by allowing it to happen. Our class discussed the idea, and almost everyone agreed with it, even me. At least, we said we did. Never mind the fact we…

Summer Series of Saves: Disrupt the Essay, Continued. (IV)

Three examples of how an essay structure can be dismantled and put back together: I. Chuck Wendig retells The Three Little Pigs: #literaryanalysis essay: Chuck uses the medium of Twitter to take on a writing challenge and analyzing The Three Little Pigs and how it relates to capitalism. That one is easy. Let’s do it. First, let’s retell the THREE LITTLE PIGS. https://t.co/YGlRU0hhRg — Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) July 10, 2018 II. This is America, Childish Gambino, Donald Glover – from Genius Think how we co-construct meaning and share insight into art and music. Quotes and sections of these insights provide…

Saving Summer: Nevertheless, She Persisted

There is much to write, yet, I am in mute-mode. My planning and crafting of the curriculum are in a holding pattern until I hear more of what admin asks of me. This September is the 10-year anniversary of this blog. Summer is over, but there better beginnings are rising. Be patient with me.   PS Oh: and reason number 1,218 why I love being a Language Arts teacher: satire and parody:   ‘Zootopia’ recut as a gritty crime drama is absolutely horrifying pic.twitter.com/x3sWpWNtYX — Mashable (@mashable) August 27, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Saving the Slipping Summer: First Days

Three Teachers Talk just posted the superlative just-in-time idea. Go through the post which wanders and meanders through their thinking process which all of us teachers are going through now: just what would be the best, most important, bang-for-the buck first days lessons, and get to their landing place: User Manuels.  Our Day One Writing: Personal User Manuals This is really a great idea: it’s a personality/reading/writing inventory as well as deeply personal and engaging. I have the composition notebooks, I have the pencils. Now all I need are some students. But this is my last week of summer break, and…

Saving Summer: Point of View

One of my go-to independent reading activities: Re-writing key scenes from PoV of different characters #ProjectLITchat pic.twitter.com/BABlWzjppY — Jarred Amato (@jarredamato) August 20, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js #ProjectLITChat This is a great idea. Simple as that.

Saving Summer: Creativity and Connections

What a beautiful summer for learning and growing. School in-service days begin August 28, and school officially begins August 31. Most of my curriculum planning is finished for the Computer Essentials classes.  (I designed it for myself and two other teachers, and am very excited and grateful for this opportunity!) I still have some tweaks and content to create for my one, beautiful, precious ELA 8th grade class, because you know, just can’t quit you, ELA/SS. Just. Can’t.  Trying to focus, organize, clean up and clean out is tough right now. I can’t stop watching the news: my husband is…

Saving Summer: Real world problems.

We need some new statues. pic.twitter.com/t5a7nK8jeT — Hank Green 🐢 (@hankgreen) August 13, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js My response: What do I post today? Do I show an image of Heather Heyer, the young woman who was murdered on Saturday, August 12 in Charlottesville? Do I talk about the boy-man, who allegedly ran her down in the crowd of counter-protesters? Or the initial interview with his mother who had no idea what happened, or who he was? I look at others media posts: simply trying to live their happy lives, going through transitions and life moments without any of static and noise…

Saving Summer: Going forward…

…when times are hard. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnytimes%2Fvideos%2F10151258540904999%2F&show_text=1&width=560 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fnytimes%2Fvideos%2F10151258540904999%2F&show_text=0&width=560

Saving Summer: A dog's life

5-year-old: How come dogs don’t have to go to school? Me: They can’t get jobs. 5: I want to be a dog. — James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn) August 8, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js This is a picture I took this morning of our dog, Mia: Mia is two years old. We have an older dog, Snickers, who is a mutt, and also very sweet, albeit he is in the old, stinky phase of his years. If you use Twitter, I highly recommend following @XplodingUnicorn. His tweets about his children are charming and deeply funny. This particular tweet produced many commenters saying yes, dogs do…