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Altered Books 16 February 2017

My freshmen have been studying and writing poetry since we came back from winter break. At the outset I told them that when we got to the end, they would beg me to keep doing poetry. They scoffed and laughed … Continue reading

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11 January 2017 Doors

I decided to have a quick write on my board and let my students take a journey into a little short story. When we came back from break, I let them know that ‘I don’t get it’ time was over. … Continue reading

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Grace 4 October 2016

As a teacher, it is rare to get anything but negative feedback from students: That’s due now? You want us to write? I don’t get it. Too hard, too long, too much. Can’t we just have this period off? Do … Continue reading

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Finals 18 May 2016

My students are presenting part of their personal hero quest as the oral part of their final. They had to write a letter to a mentor and explain what we’re doing in class with the monomyth and tell their mentor … Continue reading

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Heroes 14 March 2016

  We’ve been reading about heroes, starting with a basketball coach known for a philosophy called, ‘The Carolina Way.” It involved ‘playing hard, playing together, and playing smart.’ One piece that we read had to do with practicing a skill … Continue reading

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The Closet 3 March 2016

The Closet The drab, brown door opens up a new, a better world for me in the house of my childhood. Climbing to the top shelf, above the folded sheets, towels and washcloths, nestling in and among the bulkier blankets. … Continue reading

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Finals 21 May 2015

I gave my first final yesterday and I’ll give one today and one tomorrow. My freshmen are reading their narrative quests and their mentor letters out loud to satisfy our oral communication standard. They aren’t nervous because they’ve been sharing … Continue reading

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