Blog Post If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

If I knew I wouldn’t fail…

What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Have you ever asked your students this question? You might be surprised at what they tell you.  For the last few years I’ve started the year in my 7th and 8th grade Language Arts class with a small unit on Famous Failures. Our students often feel that …

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Books for Teens Looking for Alaska – Teen Review

Looking for Alaska – Teen Review

Teen review of Looking for Alaska by John Green. Miles “pudge” Halter is a little bit of a loner.  He doesn’t have many friens and is kind of a boring guy. Pudge decided to join a boarding school just like his father did.  On the way there, he and his parents discuss rules: no smoking, …

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Books for Teens Unbroken – Teen Review

Unbroken – Teen Review

Teen review of Unbroken by Laura Hellenbrand. Although Louis Zamperini was a successful Olympic athlete, and later a great Airforce soldier, he had done terrible things in his childhood such as breaking into houses and stealing.  However, he soon discovered his talent of running which had carried him to the Berlin Olympics.  When the war …

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Blog Post Ready, Set, Recharge! – Take Some Time For Yourself

Ready, Set, Recharge! – Take Some Time For Yourself

That’s a wrap!  Another school year has ended and vacation has begun. Time to kick back, relax and take some time for yourself.  You know the saying “happy wife, happy life”? Well, same goes for the classroom “happy teacher, happy class”!  I know it is tempting to jump right in and start planning for next year …

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Blog Post Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Teacher Reflections – Did We Reach The Goal?

Many of us have just ended the school year or are nearing the end of the year. Time to start thinking about summer fun in the sun, vacation and spending time with family.  But, if you are like most effective teachers, you are also thinking about your school year and wondering what you could have …

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