teaching and writing

Well, I am back to school!

The last few years I have taught Reading, five sections a day, plus an extra support Reading class, and remediation during Study Hall.

This year, I have two sections of regular reading, more of a remedial reading course, two sections of English, and remediation during Study Hall.

I am not bored, that’s for sure.

And I discovered something. I missed teaching English.

Shh. Don’t tell.

One thing I missed about teaching English was seeing my kids grow and develop as writers on a daily basis. Sure, I saw it as a yearbook sponsor and in Reading class. (I make them write there too. Gasp!) Reading their writing as they go through the process every day is always enlightening though. Every year, I meet children who I know are way more talented at their age than I could have ever imagined when I was a young teenager. I expect to see their names in bylines or on book covers someday.

I have already discovered I have at least one of these students this year.

They are also blogging. (Really, they are just doing the work I would normally have them write out, but it’s so much cooler when you let them “blog”.)

“Are we going to blog today?”

They are already excited to see what the year holds.

And to be honest, so am I.

7 comments for “teaching and writing

  1. August 16, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Oh I bet they love getting to blog, what a creative idea to motivate them and integrate technology. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Is this middle school or high school?
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    • Jen
      August 17, 2013 at 3:15 am

      Middle school! They are a special (wonderful) breed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    shh.. don’t tell, but i sometimes miss teaching english, too, but i admire that you still do it. i love that they are blogging. well done. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Jen
      August 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

      I may have to share that in our next dept. meeting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Mom
    August 17, 2013 at 1:53 am

    You make it fun for them to learn, They are still kids in the 8th grade, and you nurture that gift within them to write before they atart high school, you’re an awesome teacher….

    • Jen
      August 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

      Ah! Thanks, mom. I hope they are learning a lot!

  4. Colleen
    August 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    It’s awesome that you have them using technology to write! It’s something they use daily already so it’s great to utilize it!

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