So Much To Write About!

Dear Readers,

Usually at the end of the year I have what I call The Quickening. For those of you who are not Syfy fans, that’s a reference to the movie Highlander. In the movie there are beings- Immortals- who are fighting for the right to be “The Only One.” In order to be the only one, the Immortals hunt each other down, fight to the death with swords and chop off the other Immortal’s head in order to claim their knowledge (usually hundreds of years), which comes out in the form of violent lightning that engulfs the victor & literally deposits the knowledge in the victor’s head. Well, I said all that to say that’s how I feel. The only thing is that I (Read more...)

Resource Lab, Final Part 2!

Dear Readers,

The finals went very smoothly. I was able to see in real time who did or did not complete it. One con: it would have been easier to have a paper final. I was so in love with the idea of a paperless final that I didn’t stop to think it all the way through. Unless I can think of a better plan, next semester I think I’ll give a “paper” exam. I’ll keep you updated!

Knocked it Out the Park!!!

Dear Readers,

I’m not sure why I’m surprised that I knocked the ball out the park with my latest PD that I presented it with my co-teacher. Presentations are my strong suit. So, it should have come as no surprise.

The purpose of the PD was to explain what Passports are and how they’re related to the IEP. Let me explain what Passports are. They’re documents created by my charter school organization that include the student’s lexile level, present level of performance, and goals for the GenEd teachers to use in their planning.

Well, the Passports were updated and given out during the first month of school. However, when they were given out, only 3/4 of the SpEd st (Read more...)

Nerdy Me!

Dear Readers,

I feel like such a nerd!

“Why?,” you ask.

Well, I’ve just recently learned Google docs, Edmodo, Kahoot!, and a host of other online & tech programs I was previously able to use. Well, I spent the better part of Saturday morning organizing my Google docs, making folders for them and being happy doing so.

One of my favorite things to do is have my students share their work with me via Google docs. On Friday I was actually editing my student’s work as he was working on it. One thing I like about Google docs, forms, & sheets is how it’s real time. One other thing I’m really enthused about is Google forms. Over the Veteran’s Day four (Read more...)

(Almost) No NPs!!!

Dear Readers,

I’m very happy about my students receiving almost no NP’s! I checked grades last week before report cards were due and last night at parent conferences. Almost all of the parents were happy. Most of all, my students were happy.

After performing grade checks today with my 9th graders, we got down to the nitty gritty- I asked them three questions. I first asked them if they were pleased with their grades. After their response, which were positive by the way, we looked at the grades and the reason for the NP’s. I then asked them if they could have done more to get better grades. They agreed that they could have been more diligent. Lastly, I asked them what their (Read more...)

No Sunday Night Blues Today!

Dear Readers,

This time last week, I had the Sunday night blues! BAD!!!! I was so super stressed out that I thought I was going to burst a blood vessel. I’m really not kidding. It was because I didn’t know what to expect, didn’t know if I had enough material. I. JUST. DIDN’T. KNOW!

Now that I have a whole week under my belt, I am much better. I had a very relaxing weekend, went to Lakeshore, finished school shopping with my daughter, visited my sisters and my nieces and their children, relaxed, watched a couple of movies, etc. All things that I couldn’t do last weekend on account of the stress.

I figure I’ll be very comfortable with this whole process in a (Read more...)

The Rubric

Dear Readers,

I am so happy that I was able to find a rubric for the “I Am” poem. I was going to write one until I decided to scour the internet. I found one within 1 minute. Color me happy! I am about to grade them to put on the board when I go back to school on Monday.

There are two- one for teachers and a simple one I’ll use for explaining to students. I’m having a little trouble with pasting so I will just post the link for them. Here are the links: (Teacher)

www. (Kid friendly rubric + template)

Bye for now!



Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset (cont’d)

Dear Readers,

I have to say that I love the internet for finding anything, but I especially love it for finding teaching resources. Many times I’ve been about to recreate the wheel until I thought that surely someone else has already created what I need or something similar.
Well, sure enough, I inevitably find what I’m looking for. I was looking for a growth mindset vs. fixed mindset quiz and questionnaire. I found the quiz but not a questionnaire, so I made a questionnaire. It consisted of eight simple questions regarding a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. If you’d like to see it, here it goes:

Name:________________ Date: _____________________ Period: ___________
Growt (Read more...)

The ” I Am” Poem

Dear Readers,

I am so proud of this student’s poem that I’m not changing anything. So, here it is, warts an all:

I  am wonderful and graceful

I wonder the future of Los Angeles

I hear a sound of losing hope

I see the lost paradise

I want to go to the past

I am wonderful and graceful

I pretend of touching someone’s tear

I feel the sky of summer

I touch the sun

I worry about the violence and hate

I cry of pain inside and being a hated person

I am wonderful and graceful

I understand people don’t like me

I say people would care

I dream of a non-violent day

I try of being the nicest kid

I hope of no hating people

I am wonderful and graceful.

I almost cried one he read that (Read more...)