It was the end of a long day, my throat was hurting, I felt exhausted, and I was ready to go home. However, we still had 30 minutes of class left. As my students wrapped up typing their fantasy story drafts, I asked if anyone wanted to share their introduction. I called on a particular … Continue reading taking a moment to listen
the drop box a box is for groceries that are too heavy for plastic bags a box is not for breathing babies light enough to carry with one hand a box is for packing all of your crucial things you think you can not live with out a box is not for rapidly beating hearts … Continue reading the drop box
I walked back to my apartment and I passed by the familiar durian stand with the strong pungent smell, the seedy motel with "interesting" late at night guests, and the comforting signs of 7-11 on the corner. After a long thanksgiving weekend in Malaysia, I was glad to be back. Sure it was nice staying at … Continue reading a place called home
Last period was finally approaching on this long Monday and we had some extra time. I wanted to try something different. I explained to my students that we would write poems about what they are thankful for. We would share these poems at our thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday. I gave them the prompt,"I am thankful … Continue reading A Rare Moment
As we strolled into Art Box, we immediately were drawn to the myriad of pretty notebooks that lined the shelves and tables. I knew the minute we stepped in, it would be hard to leave empty handed, as we were two teachers in a stationary store full of notebooks, fancy pens and more. Trying to stay … Continue reading Write Down Your Idea!
As my students lined up for lunch today, I noticed one of my students carrying a small, square notebook the size of his hand. I asked him what the notebook was for. He told me that he was going to write about the soccer game during recess. He already had written down a quote from … Continue reading A Good Surprise
It is week two with our praying mantis as our unofficial classroom pet. It has been quite interesting to see the effect it has been having on our class. During recess time, a good handful of my students are very busy collecting and catching food for the praying mantis. They have caught grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, … Continue reading the praying mantis lives…
After much contemplation, I finally decided how to introduce my writer's notebooks last Friday. After reading about a cool way a teacher in Texas introduced writer's notebooks, I felt inspired to do something creative as well! I decided to plan a scavenger hunt around our school with clues. These clues would lead them to these … Continue reading Hidden Treasures: Introducing Writer’s Notebooks