Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I have been away from my blog for a very long time! Since posting last, I have been swamped in graduate work. I should be finished in December 2012, and cannot wait! However, it has been a great journey, and I have learned so much. I hope my return to the land of the blog is a permanent one!!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I have had parents argue that novels I use in my classroom were sacreligious and unacceptable for our children to read. The arguement being that Christian Schools should screen everything and only allow the reading of novels written by Christians. My stand on this has always been to train children to "think" about the author's message in relation to what God says in His Word. Children need to be taught how to think about and dialogue what they are reading in regards to God's Word in order to form a Godly Worldview that they can defend on their own. Chuck Colsen has said it well in his support of using great literature of all kinds in and out of the classroom.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The book is full of cute, animated cartoon-like illustrations that model the experiment without being so graphic with the "gorish" type experiments. Yet, the experiments themselves will challenge kids to think like a CSI by explaining the science behind solving a plethora of topics. The experiments are simple enough with directions, lists of necessary supplies, and so on. This book comes highly recommended!
On a serious note...it is amazing to me how far behind I feel if I even let one stack of papers go ungraded. I have found that especially with the writing that is involved with our reading...my students need that constant feedback. Like most of us...yes, us adults...they are already trying to find the easy button...with the quality of work they are willing to give me. I have discovered that when I am on every assignment...and discussing what will make them better...it really tends to bring the quality of what I get...so much better ...than when I let a few days slide without checking over every single thing!!
If you see me resembling this lady...Someone slap me!! NOT gonna happen! :)
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Edward Tulane...is a great book to dissect in this manner...because it has so many interesting characters that impact the development of the main character Edward.
If anyone is reading this post...give me some feedback about things that you have tried and are doing with regard to fictional novel units that you are teaching.