Friday, May 16, 2014


Each week on Saturday 
bloggers celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes
Won't you join us? 
One of my favorite parts of the week is blogging about celebrations and this week is no exception. Here are my celebrations for the week... I celebrate TWITTER! The connections that I've made on twitter have changed me and helped me become a much better teacher. I can't say it enough. This week, I reached a big number on twitter. I have 1,000 followers!!! I consider that an achievement and I'm proud. 
I celebrate my student POETS! We continue to write and revise and rehearse our poetry. Everyday I am inspired by my student poets. This week we began our state Virginia they are called the SOLs. Read this poem by Bryan about testing...
Preparing today for the standards of learning test
our teacher said you will be pressured.
We'd have to read and think during this SOL
and learn to spell stupendous, Mississippi, 
We need to remember figurative language
antonyms, synonyms, and imagery.
Recite all the types of genres
and learn to write a poem from scratch.
We'd have to speak fluently in English for poetry.
Learn how to make a great performance.
Remember all of the oldest folk tales,
and crack all the codes in the dictionary.
Then just when we thought that our heads might explode
from learning all the reading and comprehension
she told us the very best thing she could say:
that she was just kidding; this was the real English SOL.
I celebrate READING! Finding books that inspire me and bring out tears and laughter...I love that! This week that book was The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. It's one of those books that I drag out reading it because I don't want it to end...and it ruins me for other books. I'm having a hard time finding my next read...sigh.

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