Reading Fahrenheit 451. One of the best books to create meaningful discussions about technology, boredom, and society. .
I try to focus assessments around the book but not about the book. I encourage my students to look up spark notes if they aren’t understanding, and I try to engage them in meaningful conversations throughout. All reading is during class. .
Today, they will start work on speculating future technologies and how they will affect future societies, while reading the book as an accompanying source.
Four years ago I secretly ordered a workout program. My babes were tiny at the time. They were just 1 and 3 years old, and I was tired of trying to figure out how to get to the gym. Plus, I was tired of trying to figure out what I should do to get the best results.
So I started working out in my basement and following a program that was laid out for me day by day, following a simple meal plan with recipes, and there was no guesswork. I plugged into my online community of other women who were doing the same and were always there to cheer me on. It was hard work, but the results were massive, and I've created a sustainable lifestyle and have kept the weight off. .
I have the most wonderful accountability crew and the support of my online community to thank for getting me where I am today. Not only have I gained my health back, but I've been able to reconnect with old friends and gain new friendships, and also earn an income by getting healthy and fit. Now it's my turn to share this community with YOU!
Do you need a group of uplifting women to support you and encourage you every day? Do you want to live your healthiest life, but just need some help figuring it out? Could you use some extra income? Drop a 💗below or send me a message and I'll fill you in on all the details so you can find out if it would be a good fit for you! 😘
Welcome to Citizen Outfitter
As a teacher,
I dream of the future
I dream of liberty and justice for all
I dream that I might equip my students to be the ones to usher that future in
And I dream of other teachers joining me in stoking the fires that smolder in in our rooms
I hope you’ll follow along with us
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Each day, more and more I'm reminded why I chose this career. Whether it's the side conversations I have with my kids, a student coming up to me in the hall or at break and telling me about their day, or watching their talents and passions shine through their work and personalities. There's not a moment that goes by that I'm not thinking or talking about my kids. I'm constantly thinking of ways to adjust my teaching that will better reach them and how to help them in different ways. I'm ready for November 16th in order complete my college career, but I know I'm far too attached to these kids to leave so soon. It's just a preview of the bittersweetness that is to come in my next chapter of life. 💓🌟 #internship#ela#secondaryteacher#secondaryela#teachersofinstagram#teacherlife 🍎 #blessed
LOVED this super easy Of Mice and Men transformation! I gave my students these detective folders, turned the lights off, and let them find the objects marked around the room. Each item related to something in the book, and they had to predict how. This was my anticipation guide so to speak. 😀 And YES those are real corn stalks. My amazing colleague brought them in for me! Also, please watch the video at the end. His "but I wanna open it" 😍 #teacherhearthappy
@mrsorman write an amazing post this week over on the @secondaryenglishcoffeeshop blog about what to do when a parent challenges your curriculum. It’s amazing, and you should definitely check it out. You can read the post by tapping on the link in my profile. #teacher#englishteacher#nctevillage#secondaryela#bannedbooksweek#teachersofinstagram
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My friends Lilly and Sarah @ourelementarydaze are absolutely amazing and design the cutest shirts! I honestly can’t even choose my favorite because I want everything they design! They are also the sweetest in person too! Be sure to check out their page and pick up a shirt for your collection! • ⭐️ Which is your favorite design?
Teacher friends! I've been totally Insta AWOL 😖 I totally blame moving to a new school, the start of a new school year, and...well...myself 😜 Anyways! I do want to share some of the things that have been happening in my classroom. One of those was a project I did with my sophomores. A coworker and I created this "Where I'm From" project that made students design a booklet (cover, poem, narrative, and word cloud) all about themselves. It was a great way to get to know my students and encourage them to take pride in their individual stories. I'm a firm believer in peer evaluations, so here are a few snapshots of my students evaluating their peers' projects! 📚💡✏
Plays are meant to be seen and heard! Act them out if you can! 🙌 A few cheap props go a long way, too. I got these handcuffs and the poppet from the Dollar Tree, and I made the warrant online. My John Proctor actors thoroughly enjoyed ripping up the warrant and cursing during today’s scene of “The Crucible.” I love it when they see the word and ask, “Wait, can I actually say it?” 😂 Acting it out is SO much more engaging! If you have any questions about how my students act the play out, drop them here! I’ll answer what I can in the comments and maybe even do some stories or a blog post to address the rest. ☺️
You’ll have to drag me into fall kicking and screaming (bye leaves-on-trees and sunshine 😭); HOWEVER, I love fall clothes—dresses, jean jackets, sweaters, and boots! I love it all. This is the perfect teacher dress (pockets! 🙌🏼). It’s ethical, affordable, and super soft! I wore it with a jean jacket in the morning when it was cool, then switched it up when I started running around my classroom 😆 From @elegance_restored 💗
We are writers. We are authors. One thing I want my students to understand most about writing is that it is a complex and challenging process. It’s all about the process. Authors work hard. Really hard. So today, we Skyped with my little brother @andrewethomas who is in the process of writing his first two novels!! It was amazing!!! “I’m so impressed that the real authors use show, not tell and it isn’t something we just learn in school!” & “That was so inspirational!” were just a few of the comments from my kiddos! They loved it and were engaged. They even got to ask their own incredible questions and got to hear a few sentences from his manuscript!! Thank you, Andrew!!! We are inspired and ready to show up to the page, pick up the pencil and #geauxwritebreaux
Just a little role playing today. Thanks to one of my awesome colleagues, @knowack32 , we have some plays to supplement the chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. My kiddos loved acting out Miss Maudie’s House fire and one student loved playing Boo by sneaking a blanket around the student playing Scout. Does anyone else use plays or a reader’s theatre for chapter books? #secondaryela#iteachela#teachersofinstagram#englishteacher
If you haven't seen the latest post by @thedapperap - go check it out. I'm always very inspired by him. I have never asked for anything in return for any school supplies. Do I have pencils left at the end of the year? No. Do my kids have the necessary tools to complete their work in my class? Yes. Do they know I care? I sure hope so. And I dont feel overwhelmed by trying to keep track of a $0.03 pencil. I think I have enough keep up with- like kids taking field trips to the trash can every 5 min. 😆
Has a parent ever challenged a text you’re using in your classroom? @mrsorman shares three ways you can prevent this from happening on the latest post of the @secondaryenglishcoffeeshop . Check it out through the 🔗 in my profile. 😀📚#teachersofinstagram#secondaryela#bannedbooks#teachersfollowteachers#englishteacher http://secondaryenglishcoffeeshop.blogspot.com/2018/09/3-tips-to-prevent-challenges-to-your.html?m=1
My students were detectives today! (And yes, multiple students/teachers checked my room when they saw caution tape everywhere to make sure everything was okay).
I like to teach my students HOW to think rather than telling them WHAT to think, especially when it comes to literary analysis. “The Story of an Hour” is one of my favorite short stories, and today my students analyzed the cause of Mrs. Mallard’s death from a literal and/or symbolic standpoint, creating one-pagers to showcase their case analyses and textual evidence.
💔💔 Setting the bar low•
At the beginning of the year I give out a reading survey to gather students thoughts and opinions about their lives and reading. This year I included the question, “what is one thing I should know about you” after seeing a bunch of teachers on here find success with this question. These students have not been in the seventh grade for more than ONE FULL WEEK. And this is how a student already views himself. I was reading through the responses (some important, some silly) and this was the last one. It broke my heart. To walk into a brand new school year and already have this self-fulfilling prophecy in your head. 😢
Also I really enjoy how he defined what MLB stood for in case I wasn’t sure 😂😂
I have ALWAYS been an advocate for reading • REAL • BOOKS • as opposed to ebooks....but recently...my iPad has been my BEST FRIEND 🙌🏻 Amazon prime now has a TON of ebooks FOR FREE 💸 AND I can literally carry a hundred books with me at once. Am I switching sides for good? 🙈 Probably not. But embracing this kindle app has been a game changer ✔️ #kindle#iPad#ebook
On Monday we had Dr. Anthony Muhammad, PhD visit our school. His talk was very engaging, and I left with several reminders and things to think about. .
He talked quite a bit about how teachers deal with frustration, as either toxic or healthy. I am working on not being as toxic, because I know it does nothing. And is really the easier thing to do then to reflect on my own choices, practices, and behaviors. He even said that “this [teaching] is not an exercise in self-esteem“, meaning when you reflect and think you did something wrong or not at your best, or someone tells you something that they think you could improve or work on, you should not take it personally. We are not here to boost each others’ egos. We can and should always be looking for ways to improve ourselves, so that our students benefit the most they possibly can in their time with us. .
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If you haven’t already added this book to your library, do your kiddos (and yourselves!) a huge favor and grab some to add to your book shelves. They won’t stay there long! #THUG#thehateugive#angiethomas#onthecomeup
❗️NEW TPT UPLOAD❗️We have been displaced from our building due to mold (until further notice 😢). Desperately craving one-on-one time with my students in MY classroom,BUT it is what it is🤷🏼♀️ and we have to make it work. I busted out this project from a few years ago that I remember my students loving ❤️ THE POWER OF WORDS! I had to revamp it to make it work in our current situation, but check out my original on TPT! (Link in bio)