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Spring is in the air

I can always tell when spring is in the air. It usually occurs when the young students in my class become a bit more interested in each other and  have even less self-control than they are usually able to muster … Continue reading

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Wet in DC

How very wet 8th graders creatively problem-solve the fact that their shoes, socks, and pants are very very wet in a very very wet DC. So wet, in fact, that even the tidal basin has risen three to four feet (see bench … Continue reading

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A Restaurant for Books

I am in DC with 125 8th graders. One of our stops was at the Library of Congress. I was explaining to BN that it was a readers library for most people which meant that you ordered the manuscripts you wanted … Continue reading

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Powerful closures

The students presented their creative projects for All Quiet on the Western Front today. There was the annual absurdly funny video of the book by a few of the boys, a collection of poems about the war from all the countries involved … Continue reading

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Drinking games

Every Friday morning we have an extended advisory. One of the students brings breakfast treats for us all to share. There are usually a variety of activities, discussions, tasks, and announcements with which we are involved while we munch. Advisory … Continue reading

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13 and 14 year olds on a beautiful spring day

This is a photo of some of my students on our way back from visiting our “little buddies,” a group of kindergartners with whom we have partnered. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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This is really hard to do

We’re in the midst of All Quiet on the Western Front now. I have assigned groups of students a different group of chapters. Each group is responsible to give and grade a reading quiz, and to prepare vocabulary, pertinent quotes, … Continue reading

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