taking a moment to listen

It was the end of a long day, my throat was hurting, I felt exhausted, and I was ready to go home. However, we still had 30 minutes of class left. As my students wrapped up typing their fantasy story drafts, I asked if anyone wanted to share their introduction. I called on a particular … Continue reading taking a moment to listen

the praying mantis lives…

It is week two with our praying mantis as our unofficial classroom pet. It has been quite interesting to see the effect it has been having on our class. During recess time, a good handful of my students are very busy collecting and catching food for the praying mantis. They have caught grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, … Continue reading the praying mantis lives…

Hidden Treasures: Introducing Writer’s Notebooks

After much contemplation, I finally decided how to introduce my writer's notebooks last Friday. After reading about a cool way a teacher in Texas introduced writer's notebooks, I felt inspired to do something creative as well! I decided to plan a scavenger hunt around our school with clues. These clues would lead them to these … Continue reading Hidden Treasures: Introducing Writer’s Notebooks