September 21, 2014

The Beyonce Theory

  • Student: See, freshmen are like Beyonce when she was with Destiny's Child. We don't even know how great they are yet, but they'll get there.
  • Me: Sophomores?
  • Student: Yeah, sophomore's are like Beyonce during her first world tour. Everyone knows she's amazing, but it's like...a brand new discovery. Sophomores are just discovering how awesome they are.
  • Me: Do you actually have one for every class?!
  • Student: Um OF COURSE I DO. Juniors are Beyonce when she hooks up with Jay Z and they become a mega couple who is getting ready to take over the world. And seniors, OBVIOUSLY, are Beyonce after Northwest and her secret album.
  • Me: ....good use of metaphor, kid.
September 17, 2014

If at first you don’t succeed…

In an effort to get my 9th grade class to know literary terms so well they can discuss them while sleeping, I had them create a collaborative document in which they all contributed definitions/examples for several terms. Then I had them teach those terms to the class.

This would have been nice if they had defined the terms correctly. Silly me, I didn’t account for incorrect definitions. Total rookie mistake. 

So TODAY, each student was assigned to be an editor/fact-checker for a buddy, and they all corrected each other’s terms in a googledoc…except the googledoc kept crashing because I think we were crowding the network? I don’t know. It didn’t work. 

But, well, at least I’m trying and they’re trying and they’re all terribly good-natured about the whole thing. I’m doing a mini-lesson tomorrow on literary response paragraphs and then they’re writing long responses, and so next week we’ll revisit those terms and try try again. 

September 01, 2014
“When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them.”

— Lemony Snicket (via fairestregal)

(via adventuresofastudentteacher)