Catalina

Our three day Catalina adventure was a splashing success! We went non-stop despite the heat and humidity (we were perpetually dripping), and our kids dove in whole-heartedly. We did labs and activities on everything from turtles to invertebrates, to vegetation and Catalina’s history. Thursday was especially jam-packed. The morning started with an incredible snorkel from Emerald Bay over […]

2015-2016: Ready

2015-2016: Ready

Room 416 is ready. The wall are decked with book posters, examples of student work, classroom rules, and school mission statements and schedules. The counters and cupboards are clean and rows are straight. My desk is clear and uncluttered. Everything is ready, just waiting for the last, necessary ingredient: 7th graders. Summer is blissful. I love the […]

School Year 2013-14

School Year 2013-14

My first year teaching 7th grade was 1993-94. This year, 2013-14, I’m back in 7th grade. I’ve learned some things these two decades. My life has changed. I hope I’ve grown- in grace, and wisdom, maturity, joy, gratitude. I’m thankful, immensely so, to be a teacher of 7th graders. Their honesty, their burgeoning maturity, their […]

A New Year

A New Year

What a start! It has been a fabulous, if whirlwindy start to the 2012-13 school year for my and my classroom. I have a whole new position, which is both a great gain and, as with all change, a level of loss.  But new and branching is almost always good and this is no exception. […]

Blog Awards!

6th Graders and 6th Grade-fans, We haven’t heard from the Student Blogging Challenge yet about nominations for blog awards and our time together is rapidly drawing to a close, so I thought we could do our own nominations for our blogs. I think it would be fun to come up with some of our own […]

Finals!

Your first “finals” are one week away.  We will spend this week reviewing and preparing so that with good solid effort and focus this week, you should be ready for the tests next week.  Tuesday is blue, Wednesday is green, and Thursday and Friday are pink order with regular class times- so no exploratory. The […]

Week 10!

What a great 10 weeks we have had with the Student Blogging Challenge!  A huge thanks goes out to Miss W. for the tremendous work and coordination she has put out to make this happen for so many students and teachers around the world.  And thanks also to the mentors who checked student blogs regularly […]

The Bronze Bow- Chapter 19

The Bronze Bow- Chapter 19

The website Biblewalks has two great pages, one on Magdala and one on Arbela that, combined with the above pictures, give us a cool look at the actual places where our Bronze Bow takes place and especially the site of chapter 19’s excitement.    

Work and Creativity (weeks 6 and 7)

Week 6 of the student blogging challenge was to think and write about work, while week 7 took a breather for creativity. I am lucky enough to get to have them both together. I love being a teacher.  It doesn’t feel like “work” most of the time.  In my job, I’m supposed to be creative […]

Images, Attribution, and Creative Commons

Images, Attribution, and Creative Commons

This topic makes me sigh before we even start. I always have such a difficult time keeping straight  and then explaining to my students all the little extra steps needed to search correctly and safely, use only correctly licensed images, and then correctly include the attribution. But it is very important and I have to […]

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