Learning About Novels

When I accepted my new position this year, one of the things I was most bummed about leaving behind (aside from great students, colleagues, and a job that I really enjoyed) was all the novels! Over the last couple of years I had received several local grants that had allowed me to purchase a whole…

Sustained Silent Reading…So Far

This year, one of my big goals was to implement SSR/FVR in my classroom. I have been slowly building my classroom library with trips to Ollie’s and padding out Amazon orders to get the free shipping with cheap books in Spanish (as I tell my students, I’d rather spend $8 on 2 extra books than…

Free Writes and Novels

In my last post I talked about being happy with making progress, and not feeling pressured to do all the things right now. So now I’m going to follow that up by telling you about the new things I’m trying! However, I am trying these new things because I really feel like they are the right “next…

2 Classes, 1 Period

Next year, due to a variety of circumstances (a nearby high school shutting its doors, students who were scared of all my changes this year who dropped and are now picking up again next year, general influx of people into the area due to gas & oil drilling), I’m going from 75 total students to 127 (as…