Just attended your conference in Dallas (Garland). It was a pleasure learning from you and Gretchen both. My team and I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the new year!!! Well... that is after we enjoy July first! :D Thanks for all of your great ideas!
Hi Barry, after I last wrote you, I tried the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," activity on the Writingfix website and they really liked it. I have a few that did a wonderful job and I told them tomorrow we will send it to the site for the contest. I just wanted to give you a heads up. Also I have a friend that would like to atttend a cabaret, when is your next one? Lastly, I know the deadline for the entries at Writingfix is May 1st, so we are putting ours in tomorrow, but when are the winning entries decided? Susanne
It's me again. I am having problems getting them interested in writing again. I tried several of the lessons on here and we even watched your video together today, but they just don't seem interested. I have to get them interested in doing essays and stories, unfortunately we cannot go back to the poems, which seemed to work a little. They do like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," kind of stories to read, so I am going to try to make a connection there, any ideas????
Thanks for the bulletin! My year ended great: over 92% of my kids passed the TAKS reading test. The cut off score for passing the 8th grade TAKS reading test was a 73 this year. The great news is that every single kid who passed the test passed with a 77 and above! The kids didn't even break a sweat! The sad part, however, is that the few who did not pass showed significant gains and scored in the 71 range. Yes, they were like one question away from passing. But,wait,isn't 70 usually the cut off score? Crazy, I know. Now get this: the passing score for the 7th grade TAKS reading test this year was a 65! WTF, I know! Okay, now listen to this: the cut off score for the 8th grade TAKS social studies test was a 44!!! LOL This is why you and I don't take these tests seriously! Laughable! Ugh, my head's hurting with all of these numbers!
I so enjoyed meeting you this weekend. Thanks for your thoughtful suggestions and great advice. I will send you 100 Cats as soon as I finish! By the way, my writing group and I are also doing a Public Service Announcement for the writing project, based on the MTV show "The Real World". We'll send that one your way as well.
Hope to see you soon!
PS Check out Bristol Yoga and yogini Christine Hoar in Bristol when you have the chance! She is fantastic just like you but in a different way:)
Thank you! I used to have a picture of Wonder Woman on my classroom door with the caption "Welcome to the Wonderful World of English!" One of my students photoshopped my head into the picture (very advanced skill 8 or so years ago when he did it), and I became Wonder Woman! ;-)
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