Monday, May 30, 2016

What Do You Want to Know about Me?

Last week I wrote about meeting a blogger I follow in real life.  I shared some questions I want to know about you, my readers.

Today, I want to turn that around.  What do you want to know about me?

My frequent readers already know that I have been teaching in the public schools for twenty-five years.  I took a break from teaching last spring thinking I was never coming back.  Just after Christmas, I returned to the same district as a substitute teacher.  I have worked every day but three doing a variety of jobs.  I love it.

I live in a suburb north of Seattle with my husband, my stepdaughter who is home from college this summer and my cat.

What else do you want to know?


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Quote of the Week--May 29, 2016

"Directions are instructions given to explain how. 
Direction is a vision offered to explain why."

Simon Sinek

Have a good week,

Friday, May 27, 2016

Personification Freebie

What if your recorder could speak? What would it tell you?

Personification -- the attribution of human characteristics to an inanimate object -- is one of my favorite literary devices to teach.  Today's freebie is the page shown below with lines for writing and one without.  It can be used for students to imagine what an object might say if it could speak.

To download this Personification Freebie, please click here.

I have a collection of personification lessons with printables for illustrations. 

Exercises in Personification is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Exercises in Personification is also available in my Teacher's Notebook store.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was a fascinating read.  Deborah Hopkinson includes the facts of the cholera epidemic in London and what she invented to tell a good story.  Eel is an orphan with a secret who seeks out Dr. John Snow's help when cholera invades his neighborhood.  

I confess I will read almost anything with the word mystery in the title.  This one is worth reading aloud to middle school students.

For an explanation of my rating scale, click here.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Seven Questions I Want to Ask You

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a writing conference.  A blogger I follow sat down next to me at lunch and started asking me questions.  At first I was flattered and then I realized that if I were to meet one of you, I would probably do the same thing.

I know only a few of my readers in real life.  A few more comment consistently.  I really don't know much about who reads my blog, but I am hoping to change that.

When I started blogging, I hoped for more of a conversation about teaching.  If we were to have lunch together, here are some things I would want to know:

1. What grades/subjects do you teach?
2. Where do you teach?
3. How long have you been teaching?
4. What type of Artistry of Education posts do you read?
(Sunday quotes, Polite Rants about Teaching, Wednesday book reviews, Freebies for Friday.)
5. What type of posts do you wish I would write?
6. What is your biggest challenge as a teacher?
7. What else would you like to tell me?

I have created a Google Form with these questions and a place for your contact information if you wish to continue the conversation.  I promise not to spam you or give your information to anyone else.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quote of the Week--May 22, 2016

"Where you start is not as important as where you finish."

Zig Ziglar

Have a good week,

Friday, May 20, 2016

Theme Freebie

Students often confuse theme with main idea.  The graphic organizer shown above has students gather information about the life lesson a particular book teaches.  This same theme can be found in other books.  Main idea, on the other hand, is specific to a particular book.

To download the graphic organizer shown above, please click here.

Happy Friday!

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