September 11th Discussion Board Lesson

Nineteen years ago New York City experienced the unforgettable day of September 11th. Adults who lived through it will always remember the events that unfolded, but many young children don't know a lot about 9/11 or fully understand how the day changed this nation and so many lives. Many educators struggle to discuss the events with children, and it can be daunting to find books that engage children, help them to understand such a pivotal point in history, and serve as a starting point for discussion. Fortunately, we have a fictional account about 9/11 specifically for children, ideal for the next generation. Nine Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin presents 9/11 in an accessible way for young readers without being too heavy. Instead they are presented in a thoughtful and meaningful way, and is a welcome addition to children's literature. (9/11 for Educators)

Classroom Blogs and Wikis

This school year, I have created a classroom blog for my Advisory, Social Studies, and Science classes. I am in hopes it will be the consistent force within our days as we go up against varying schedules of online and in classroom learning. It will provide support information for the assignments that we complete as well as house our expectations, etiquettes, and procedures for the class.

Article of the Week

#BestFirstWeekEver published on the blog Musings from the Middle School. Jenna Smith shares about her first week back to school for the 2016-17 year. According to the article they had a successful week and she highlights a few things that they completed: Teaching Growth Mindset with the Paper Challenge, Icebreaker’s that Rock, Numbering Notebooks, Article of … Continue reading Article of the Week

Relationship Building Journals

I recently read the article, How Dialogue Journals Build Teacher Student Relationships, published on the blog Cult of Pedagogy. Blog founder, Jennifer Gonzalez interviews Liz Galarza, a middle school writing teacher in New York, who uses dialogue journals to build relationships with her students. A dialogue journal is a simple spiral or composition notebook that … Continue reading Relationship Building Journals