Teacher Essential Questions: How can my students see themselves as writers? How could I teach narrative this year and what is one model text I could use to teach it? How can I become a practitioner of writing myself? Where can I find examples of student writing? The Rationale Why do units have to be… Continue reading Teaching Narrative? Start with vignettes!
Where I'm from, there is no "good enough". You're either great, bordering on perfection or you're just mediocre. Virtually unseen. Growing up, this idea was reinforced at home, at my over-achieving academic elitist high school, and among my friends. What I've come to understand is that it wasn't the places and people in my life… Continue reading My “Good Enough” is Great
During my lunch hour, Senna, a senior in my Literature and Composition class, came up to my desk on the verge of tears. “Ms. Fitz, can we talk about my portfolio?” I noticed that something wrong right away and asked her to walk and talk as we headed away from the busy teacher cluster to… Continue reading Bravery, Mistakes, and Healing
It makes sense to start in a copy room — one of the only places where adults have contact with other adults during a busy day in a middle school. While I hate small talk and typically avoid it at all costs, it is indeed the only way to eventually break into real talk. What… Continue reading Confrontations on S*#^ That Matters
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