Anger is a Gift

Moss sat up and glanced over at Martin. “No, I didn’t! I don’t remember that at all.” Martin laughed. “Man, you were a mouthy kid,” he said. “You know you refused to sit in a booster seat?” “You’re kidding, man.” Martin shook his head. “You said you wanted a seat like all the others. You were grown, you said. So you wanted a cut just like them. And your dad supported you, too. He loved how much it annoyed me.” “Sounds like Papa,” Moss said, and he sighed. “I miss him so much.” “Me too, Moss,” said Martin, and he…

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) August 10, 2018 I am concerned about my #ProjectLIT project stalling out. I need these books. Don’t want: need. They aren’t some glib luxury for my incoming 8th students, they are a lifeline. These books pulled me out of my own fractured, terrible attention span thinking. They brought back mental stamina– what my students lack, and desperately need if they’re going to move through high school with courage. Eighth grade…

Summer Series of Saves: The Notebook

Note: all or most of these are WIPs: I continually update as I find new resources. You are welcome to make a copy and then rename to make them your own. Based on Kelly Gallagher’s and Penny Kittle’s work, 180 Days, Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents, I’m furiously working on trying to organize the new district, school, two preps, and other expectations. Writers and Readers: Craft Notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R1HCdlRzCr-HP20EamACRXYVjCZAZPRBIh-BKhOIP-4/edit?usp=sharing Text and Media Playlist: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1srYlGLpB-Xck57Uj8P4DDjh1wSSqVcFA6m8FTMsYUTk/edit?usp=sharing I purchase standard composition notebooks for all my students: these are the inserts I photocopy and have students place inside their notebooks. I’m trying…

Summer Series of Saves: Tea with Bears (or the hard sell)

  Planning and shaping students’ reading lives–I have some concerns. Selfish, muddy concerns. Donalyn Miller’s tweet about ill-defined independent reading prompted my own wondering about the basics: what is are the differences and connections between instructional and independent reading? A while back I wrote this blog post challenging those notions, too:  How to Survive a Bear Attack My FB friend @donnawstark fixed it! pic.twitter.com/ybRdlXyDAm — Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks) July 21, 2018 https://bookwhisperer.com/2015/02/08/ive-got-research-yes-i-do-ive-got-research-how-about-you/amp/ And, the notion of leveling texts also seems outdated, or at least considered revised: @nellkduke #ILA18 why we should not use only level-based grouping: “leveled texts [and groups] lead…

Summer Series of Saves: Teachers Talk.

Be centered on what matters to you.  Just wanted to capture a wonderful chat I stumbled onto–good ideas and inspiring to focus on what matters. And: I want to share with students that teachers walk the walk–we want our students to love their reading and writing lives as much as we do. I love these questions as a strategy to use with independent reading! #vatechat https://t.co/ulmSsnl12Z — Josh Thompson (@jthompedu) July 19, 2018 Starting the countdown for our 2nd twitter chat! Join us on July 18 to chat about independent reading. Can’t wait to see you there! #VATEchat pic.twitter.com/2oORhyXakw —…

please and thank you

I can’t wait for the district to figure out its spending. I can’t wait for any more co-opting of my time and fees from Donors Choose. I can’t wait for a miracle where a hero like Stephen Colbert or group buys out the entire stock. My students can’t wait. They need books. Real books. They want to read. Classroom Library Wish List: http://a.co/frm0Nnq Please consider helping me put books in their hands, books that will be part of my personal classroom library. I can’t do this alone.