Coffee Girl in the Classroom · Plan & Prep

6th Grade ELA Conceptual Unit on Character Analysis & Character Building

Character, a dual purpose conceptual unit addressing student abilities to analyze characters of a novel; as well as, build their own individual characters. The first year of middle school, is an appropriate time to discover each of these skills; developing a greater understanding of the literary concept of character and creating a deeper understanding of one’s own self. Peter Smagorinsky states in his book entitled, Teaching English by Design, “Literature often deals with common human experiences about the pressures, changes, dilemmas, aspirations, conflicts … that make growing up such a challenge” (p. 141).  I believe, joining these two concepts of character together allows us to see a purpose in reading literature and allowing it to shape our self, family, community, and/or world. In my experience, I have found that choosing kindness, in middle school or in the real world,  is not always a first choice. This conceptual unit, will develop an understanding of what kindness is and how it can become the first choice in any given situation. R.J. Palacio writes, “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place (2012).” 

Coffee Girl in the Classroom · Coffee Girl Reads · Professional Development · What I Read

Inspiring the Love of Reading

Pernille Ripp states in Passionate Readers, "We must take responsibility for the year that we have with our students... to inspire the love of reading." No pressure, right? But, the responsibility of pursing any act of teaching seems impossible if you think about it. We must remember that this "change (or maintenance) of a reading life starts with us but ends with them" (Ripp). We can only do so much but we must DO SOMETHING.

Coffee Girl in the Classroom · Professional Responsibilities

Daily Reflective Practice for Teachers

The key moments that stick out at the end of the school day are teachable moments and ought to be taken note of. When doing research for my student teaching placement, I found an article entitled, Reflective Teaching the author of Fairy Dust Teaching shares insight into the reflective practice and provides a free daily reflection sheet. The sheet includes several questions to gather your thoughts about the daily activities and as you write about them in a way that would assist you in becoming the best teacher you can be.