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What happens when 8th graders finish their homework

They draw with a permanent marker on your hand.

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Before the harsh neon lights of the school day get turned on

In the morning, I often don’t turn all the classroom lights on. At least not right away. It feels too harsh, too bright. If some student happens to flip on all the switches when they come in the room all … Continue reading

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Under the spell of All Quiet

We are presently reading All Quiet on the Western Front. A student shared with me that he and some of his friends have adopted some of the characters in the book, have become one of the characters in their group … Continue reading

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What suggestions do you have for next year’s 8th grade, to make sure this process is as meaningful as possible?

After the History Fair Thursday night (see the last post) I had the students reflect on the whole experience in class on Friday. We talked together for a while and then I had them write, responding to a few questions. The last question … Continue reading

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It is what it is. And it is pretty awesome.

Tonight’s the History Fair. A broad variety of topics have been researched by the students that is of particular interest to them. The only parameters for the topics were that the topic needed to fall between the bookends of the two … Continue reading

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Three espressos and 40 research papers

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Magic Words

The students are presently working on their research papers. They have been reading about and exploring their topics for over a week and are starting to organize their ideas. Yesterday we talked about formulating a thesis. This concept is so … Continue reading

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