2) 2,000 Followers Milestone – When I think about how many teachers and students are reached on daily basis through the creativity and collaboration that TPT inspires, it is incredible. I’m only one fish in big sea, but just knowing that this many teachers are finding and using my classroom creations fuels me to keep going.
3) The Crucible – We just have one more week left in our Crucible unit. It never ceases to amaze me how much my juniors LOVE reading this play. We often say that teens need constant up-to-date connections or that we shouldn’t teach such old literature because it just won’t speak to this generation. I do see validity in those concerns on some levels, but I have also seen 21st century juniors beg for time to keep reading this play. I would like to think it’s in part because of the creative activities I plan or the interesting way we pause the audio and discuss ;), but mostly I just think that sometimes a great text will do all the work! One my football boys in my first period this week said as we started Act 3, “This play never slows down! There is always something going on.” Well, I couldn’t have said it better myself. What a perfect teachable moment. No matter what is going in my schedule, I always carve out a little time during this unit for the students to do some acting. What’s a play without live actors/actresses, right? I have a box of costumes, and I wrote abridged readers’ theater scripts for scenes out of each act. Here’s a couple of pictures from my class acting this week. They absolutely have a blast, and when they go out in the hallway talking about it and can’t make it in the door the next day without asking if we are going to read and act more… now that’s a good day.