As an observant Jew, I will observe Yom Kippur, which begins today at sundown. The Days of Awe, which is a ten day period that begins with Rosh Hashanah and ends with Yom Kippur, is a time for introspection, where Jews think about the year that has passed, make amends for sins they’ve committed, and… Continue reading An Edge of the Seat Mentor Text + a Book Giveaway
Timelining Helps Kids Write Factual and Moving Concluding Paragraphs
I attended Beth Moore's Session on Social Studies in the Writing Classroom at the March 2009 Saturday Reunion. It was an exceedingly useful session with tips I've been using in the past month ever since my class began writing their research-based essays. I realized, even though my kids could mathematically figure out how long ago… Continue reading Timelining Helps Kids Write Factual and Moving Concluding Paragraphs
Values & Thesis Statements
Bubbl.us: Values and the Holocaust Originally uploaded by teachergal My students will be crafting their thesis statements for their essays today. As a pre-cursor to thesis creation, I had them complete a "Values Activity Sheet" from pg. 13 of the "This I Believe" Middle School Curriculum Guide. These were the values that seemed to be… Continue reading Values & Thesis Statements
The Final Unit of Study
My students are embarking on their final unit of study of the school year. We're doing research-based essays, which I'm attempting to tie-into the "This I Believe" Style. I have my teaching points and some of my charts (well, the ones for this week at least!) ready-to-go, but I'm still trying to write my own… Continue reading The Final Unit of Study
A Slice + Some.
Today I had the privilege of listening to Bill Meyer tell his powerful story. He is a survivor of the Holocaust. He is the fourth Holocaust survivor I have heard speak in person. Although I have studied the Holocaust in depth, am widely read on the subject, and have passionately taught about the Holocaust, with the focus of standing… Continue reading A Slice + Some.
SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class
My copy of Number the Stars Originally uploaded by teachergal I cried in front of my class today. And no, they didn't torture me or each other to the point of tears. (Remember, I have super fourth graders! They'd never do that!) I cried today when I read Number the Stars to them. Though it's… Continue reading SOLSC: Crying in Front of My Class
WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?
"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." My high school History Teacher, Tom Wilcox, didn't originate that phrase, but he repeated it to us quite a few times during tenth grade. It stuck with me. I remember this phrase each and every time I have to teach something difficult from our nation's… Continue reading WN ENTRY: What do we do when we find ourselves repeating history?