April232014
  1. Scottsboro Boys Rally Poster
  2. Jim Crow Laws Song
  3. Letter Sent at the Advent of Segregation
  4. Editorial About the Spread of Jim Crowism
  5. 1920 Article About Self Segregation
  6. WPA Work Program (New Deal)
  7. Laughing on the Street
  8. Family Singing on a Sunday
  9. Old Monroe Courthouse - Interior
  10. Old Monroe Courthouse - Exterior

Above are the primary documents and images I have collected to use during the teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird. This is one of my all-time favorite novels to teach and I love going beyond the page in our discussions.  In my pursuit of primary documents I also found this wonderful resource from the New York Times (note: some of the links are old so you have to do a second search in the new Learning Network blog format) that has a lot of information attached to it.  

April222014
Finally got a chance to really look at our Record Store Day haul.

Finally got a chance to really look at our Record Store Day haul.

7PM

So, a place opened up near school recently called 9Round. It is basically a kickboxing circuit workout. A teacher friend and I went together this afternoon for a free trial round. Oh. My. Lord. It kicked my ass. (Like, I threw up afterward)

How do you guys do this whole working out all the time thing?

2PM

Anonymous asked: What's something you wish you had known in high school? (I'm a freshman right now, and I'm curious). What would you want your students to know about being a teacher?

In high school I wish I had known that I was smart.  I did not give myself much credit (even though I was in honors/AP classes) and I think this happens to many students of high school age. I think I would have produced better quality work if I had thought my opinions were valid.

Students should understand that teachers are also learners.  Although it is nice to think that everything a teacher does is because of the wealth of knowledge they have stored in their brains, often teachers are trying out ideas, concepts, practices that are new to them.  And that is ok.  When teachers are trying new things it is because they love their students and they want them to have fun and learn.  Sometimes things do not o as planned, but that is ok because your teachers will learn from that experience.

Good luck with the rest of your freshman year!

April212014
The Monday after spring break is hard, but the dogwoods are beautiful.

The Monday after spring break is hard, but the dogwoods are beautiful.

April202014
This is what you get when you ask a 2 year old to smile. This is her saying, “why mama?”

The dress has bunnies riding in hot air balloons and Eiffel towers—it is the cutest.

This is what you get when you ask a 2 year old to smile. This is her saying, “why mama?”

The dress has bunnies riding in hot air balloons and Eiffel towers—it is the cutest.

April192014
Look at the Easter basket of goodness that I got in the mail today from my buddy! Most of these treats are New Orleans specialities…which is made extra special by the look on my husband’s face when I showed the candy to him. He is from New Orleans and he started to tell me some of his childhood memories involving the candy as soon as he saw it. Thank you for that!

Look at the Easter basket of goodness that I got in the mail today from my buddy! Most of these treats are New Orleans specialities…which is made extra special by the look on my husband’s face when I showed the candy to him. He is from New Orleans and he started to tell me some of his childhood memories involving the candy as soon as he saw it. Thank you for that!

5AM
April182014

Some days you grade more essays than you originally planned…and you reward yourself with a warm nutella sandwich.

2PM

NCTE Conference?

This year (well, next school year) the conference is within reasonable driving distance. I have never been, but I think it might be a good opportunity. Does #education have any thoughts?

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