Mrs. Cornwell

Where has the time gone?

Have you ever had one of those months weeks days that has gone by in a blur? Here I am, in a computer lab full of kids who are slightly hyper but doing remarkably well considering that today is the first dance day of the year, and I just realized that the first quarter of […]

Oh What Fun….

it is to read with a pillow in our room, Hey!  Ok, so it’s a bit early for Christmas carols, but yes I am one of those put-your-fake tree-up-the-day-after-Thanksgiving people anyway.  But the point of this post is to report the resounding success we’ve had with our Teen Read Week celebration. Sadly, my life has […]

Do the Dance

The thing I l-o-v-eabout middle school is the incessant change!!  This constant state of limbo is pretty scary, but can also be a lot of fun.  This week, we’ve spent nearly every minute of English class taking the fabulous M.E.A.P. test (she said facetiously).  What I’ve noticed during these testing sessions are the ways in […]


My first hour class has the pleasure of watching the high school broadcasting program on Friday mornings.  It amazes me how intently they watch, how carefully they listen and how completely transfixed they are for this 10 minutes.  Today there seemed to be a “good ol’ country” theme to the show and Jones Soda kept […]

We’re not alone!!

I just found a really interesting article that talks about exactly the kind of learning that we’re doing here on my blog!  Looks like others have thought this was a pretty cool way to get parents, teachers, and students all on the same page too!  Maybe you can look forward to some literary interpretation homework […]

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Week 5 already….Wow!  This week, both 7th and 8th graders have been digging deep into their memory banks for those priceless jewels.  You know, those totally unplanned, yet completely memorable family activities, or some your “finest” parenting moments.  Actually, most students are recalling things like accidents, emergencies, and a few first crushes.  Many of you […]

Setting the pace

As I sit to write this beautiful Saturday evening, I can’t help but think back over the course of the past month.  How is it that the first month of school has already vanished?  We’ve already completed several assignments, we’re about to begin our first novel, start MEAP-ing and fall weather is finally rolling in.  […]

The Homework Honeymoon has ended

I’ve been purposely avoiding this post, but I feel that the time has come.  Having worked through a pretty intense first unit, I was structuring this next two-week timeframe with a few more light-hearted activities that accomplished the same tasks.  Seventh grade students are working on writing comics to illustrate the importance of text and […]

Week 3

I can hardly believe we’re already wrapping up the third week of school!  Some days, the newness of the school year still lingers in the air.  Other days, it seems that students are as comfortable as they were by the end of last year.  Either way, it feels good to be getting into the groove […]

First Five Day Week

Hopefully I have at least a couple devoted readers, and to you I sincerely apologize for my late post today.  After a 14.5 hour day yesterday, complete with a car-deer accident, and 2 (yes 2) trips back home between the end of the school day and the start of the open house, I spent most […]

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