(Design shown on a gray background here.) For all the self-proclaimed grammar nazis out there, the Oxford Comma is a hotly debated topic! Some say that the last comma before the and should be dropped in lists, but how else would one differentiate between a list and a couple of adjectives to further describe one […]
I’m currently going back to college to finish my teaching degree. This means that I’m a poor college student! So I will be adding some items occasionally that can earn me a small amount of money. Making money is not the main purpose of this site, nor will I overwhelm the content with selling items. […]
I read this story as a kid. I liked it okay, but it wasn’t my favorite. Imagine my surprise, then, when this story begins surfacing in my mind as an adult. Every once in awhile, I will get a visual image of the sun or the wind in their attempts to remove the man’s coat.
Whenever this story comes to mind, I’m wondering one thing: Am I the Wind or the Sun? In trying to make a difference, am I using brute force to bring about change or am I creating an environment where the person chooses to change?
I hope to be like the Sun by helping students want to change for themselves.
I am currently reading Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire: The Methods and Madness Inside Room 56. I highly recommend it! There is one detail he mentions in his chapter on standardized testing that grabbed my attention: get students thinking about how the testers will try to trick them. I have seen how […]
Another quick English project idea: Discuss how language evolves as people progress; that is why some of the books we read sound different. (Especially useful when studying works whose language is as different as Shakespeare!) Talk to them about how new words are formed, and then slowly adopted into the language. Have them look at […]