How to Write a First Draft

Cristian’s article on writing a first draft contains excellent advice for writers of any genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even eighth graders struggling with an essay the night before it is due. (Sorry, but procrastination is your own demon that you must continuously battle.)

2018-2019 Spelling Bee Study List

The first round of spelling bees will be held in my classroom next Friday. Any interested students may compete for the position of class champion and class alternate. All champions and alternates will advance to the school-wide spelling bee. Remember, the winner and alternate of the school bee will receive a free copy of the 2018-2019 … Continue reading 2018-2019 Spelling Bee Study List

Backpacks Can Stress Your Students’ Spines More Than Previously Thought

By Sarah D. Sparks Nov. 2, 2018 Published in Education Week All those hall monitors exhorting students to stand up straight may be on to something: A new study finds that a typical student hunching under the weight of a backpack could experience more than 11 times that weight in stress on their backs.  A new … Continue reading Backpacks Can Stress Your Students’ Spines More Than Previously Thought