This year, my school changed everything about the way we "do school." I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty awesome, but it's also been difficult to get used to doing everything differently. We moved from 4 55-minutes classes every day to a 90-minute, alternating day block schedule, with an hour built in for homeroom- an advisory … Continue reading Purposeful Grouping in Middle Schools: Can it be done?
Recently I’ve been thinking about this scene, from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: He [Harry] heard Mad-Eye Moody's voice, echoing in some distant chamber of his empty brain: Jump onto the desk... jump onto the desk...Harry bent his knees obediently, preparing to spring. Jump onto the desk...Why, though? Another voice had awoken in … Continue reading Resisting the Imperius Curse
I sit down next to David on the couch. It’s reading workshop time, and as usual, he’s staring around the room, over the top of his book, at other students in class, pretty much anywhere else, trying to avoid looking at the page in front of him. He’s reading Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, but he … Continue reading Learning to Ask the Right Questions
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