I was thrilled by the opportunity to present alongside such amazing teachers, researchers, writers, and leaders this morning. To those of you who participated in our “speed-dating” roundtable fun, thank you for stopping by. I hope I was able to give you a brief taste of how I have used blogging with middle school students. […]
I listen and learn Then I laugh and dance along Knowing I’ll rest soon.
Five years ago I attended the MACUL conference for the first time (http://www.amandacornwell.org/2011/03/17/solsc-2011-1731/). My oldest was only 4 then, and I think I was in the super-short, no fuss, no muss hair phase of my life. I still remember how thankful I was that I stayed through the closing session, which was so inspiring. This […]
Throughout the first quarter, we spent time talking about truth. What is it? How do we know? Where can we find it? Does it change? Is Truth (with a capital T) different than truth (without)? After all was said and done, students spent a few days reflecting about their own personal truth. They created these […]
We’re well on our way through Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan as a class read aloud. Actually, it’s a class read aloud 2.0. Throughout our reading we are listening for stand out lines that represent excellent language, word choice, training our ears to hear the figurative language and the deeper meanings beyond lines […]
Several years ago, I joined Adopt-a-Classroom as a way to streamline the way parents can support our efforts in the classroom. We’ve had a handful of donors support our classroom and we’ve been able to purchase new materials from time to time. This year, I have approached the school year and funding opportunities with a […]
Throughout this first month of school, I have mentioned to students that I am always seeking funding opportunities such as contests, crowdsourcing, and grants. This year alone, I have already submitted applications for at least three different grants. I have already heard that my Portland Area Education Fund grant has been approved, another grant from the […]
Over the weekend, I noticed the Challenge Within a Challenge post and started strong. I commented on 10 blogs right away because I know how much I look forward to the feedback from other writers. Then, Sunday was crazy busy and I was barely able to post, and the same holds true for the […]
Work and Play, are two friends whose paths occasionally cross. This post was written as part of a monthly challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers, to encourage writing and community. The goal is to write a Slice of Life entry each day throughout the month of March.
For the past few days we’ve lived in a different world. A world where leafing through paper dictionaries solves scrabble disputes, where land-line telephones ring, where hopping online to check a recipe or leave a quick comment on a post you enjoyed isn’t as easy as it sounds. There’s so much to enjoy in this […]