December 12, 2017

       

   In college, did any English teacher ever say, "You know what I really can't wait to teach?  Run-on's and fragments.  When I get a classroom of my own, boy, are we going to have some fun correcting comma splices!"  Doubtful. And yet, here I am,...

December 4, 2017

     

      Sure there are things harder than coming back to school after being off for nine days, like being a P.O.W, fighting a debilitating illness, or being on the elliptical for 95 minutes, but y'all if I am being completely honest, coming back from a lon...

November 19, 2017

       

  This week we finished watching Edward Scissorhands.  I remembered watching this film, or parts of this film, in the early 90's, which seems ancient to most of you, I know.  My twin sister and I had twin neighbors who were boys, Andy and Allen....

November 13, 2017

       

       Shakespeare's Sonnet 130, "My Mistress Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun" is not an easy tackle, but I be dog 'on if you guys did not master it like a champ.  We read it this week to help you guys see how the tone shifts at the end of the poem....

November 7, 2017

      

          As we move into this next unit, we have begun to explore the directorial decisions of Tim Burton in film.  Specifically, we have looked at cinematic techniques and the effect these decisions have on viewers....

November 7, 2017

          Tuesday we visited the library to check out new books for the upcoming nine weeks.  Ms. Hoomes and I worked together to develop a silent gallery walk for some of the most popular books in the media center.  You all moved around to various stations and had a...

October 30, 2017

                Homecoming week at Pace High is unlike any other. From the start, it was clear you freshmen had no idea what the week would entail.  To say it was wild would be a mild understatement.

                 This year mar...

October 17, 2017

                    Most of this week was devoted to finishing up the nine weeks, and you guys typed your short stories in class.  The majority of the week was comprised of independent work.  I guess the end of a nine weeks typically looks like this.  I could tell most...

October 9, 2017

For years I have been trying to solve the mystery of what makes some readers stronger than other readers.  I have read countless books and educational journals, and I have observed teachers and students alike engaging in reading tasks.  Unfortunately, I still have not...

October 1, 2017