Redbank Valley High School

This was a day of firsts —I was the first author ever invited to Redbank (thank you very much)and another first, which is somewhat embarrassing. There was a very cool display created by a student, Maureen, in the library. A weeping willow tree with portions of a poem dribbling down with the falling

Benny explains to Danny, “you are a big brother now.” To which Danny replies, “You mean we’re taking this home?” 

Hilliard Weaver Middle School

Am I seeing spots?Whoa. Am I seeing spots!
The stage at Weaver Middle was banked by hula hoop sized yellow and black spots, the teacher’s lunchroom, more yellow and black — even the teachers were dressed in yellow and black. Now, where do you think they got an idea like that?????
Beyond the

Anonymous

The old saying is that Anonymous was a woman. In these instances, Anonymous is a teacher. Here are some comments I have heard from anonymous teachers over the last few months:
1. “I used to buy into the philosophy that schools should be patterned after business, that we didn’t know what we were

Hilliard Heritage Middle School

Poetic Karaoke?
Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Here’s the plan: Kids had to find a song and print out the lyrics so that they could develop a good understanding of the rhythm of the language. Kids then wrote a poem to the rhythm of the song and created a power point presentation with

What does poetry do, really?

That was a question from a third grader at Edgewood Elementary today. I responded that I think that poetry brings folks together. I’m open for other responses if anyone reading this has a better one.
The fourth grade hallway at Edgewood was covered in red paper painted to look like brick. The

Clinton-Massie Middle School

Okay, how cool is this? I walked into the school and looked down and realized I was walking on poems written by CMMS kids and published in sidewalk chalk all over the place. One that sticks in my mind was an angry poem that involved finger pinching of a sister and some other

Recess

Lunch with students at Waynesville Middle School. I told them about a story I’d heard on the radio driving down – about the schools in New York City where they were cancelling recess for elementary kids, not temporarily but permanently, as a way to help kids prepare for proficiency tests. The kids had

MCTE Bright Ideas Conference

Now, this really is a bright idea — hold a conference for pre-service teachers that patterns itself off of a reading or english conference so that students get in the groove of being lifelong learners before they graduate. Let them see how cool it is to exchange ideas through poster sessions, to present and

extensions

Okay, I filed another extension on my taxes. Every year I say I’m going to get in under the wire and every year…but this year (with a lot of help from Kelly) was soooooo close.
Kelly was very motivated since she was working against a bigger, more important deadline: TODAY IS THE

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