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Living Monuments

Two blog posts in two nights!!!! My budget is done and graduation practice starts tomorrow.... Stick a fork in me because the end is nigh.
Like most middle school teachers, I love to end the year with something very interactive. For those of you that don't teach middle school, just close your eyes and imagine why you don't teach middle school. Now multiply it by 12. That is what we eighth grade teachers call June.
Usually I end with the kiddos making plays or videos about the various groups that went west, but I decided to abbreviate my Manifest Destiny and add in a unit on Social Reformers. I didn't have time for plays so I went in my way back machine and pulled out an old favorite machine. They're called tableaux (defined as an interlude during a scene when all the performers on stage freeze in position and then resume action as before.) or living monuments. Students have to convey information through a single staged scene with no words. They are encouraged t…

Just Fun Stuff:)

No, I did not run away or fall off the edge of the planet. For those of you who are already dipping your toes in the pool and sipping margaritas at 4pm, please remember that I live in New England. You know.... That place that had a blizzard this winter and a hurricane in the fall. That means that my kiddos aren't getting out till the 25th and I'll be out somewhere around the 27th. You heard me right.... The 27th of June. Needless to say I have been busy with my Grad Dance, final grading, end of the year evaluations, end of the year hiring and next year's budget.....you get my point. Well, as we speak almost everything is done but the budget and that is so close (over 1000 markers later).So, now I get to play. Although I've been a bit lazy on documenting lately, I thought I would share some of the fun things I've been doing with the kiddos.1. About 10 years ago, I had my kiddos keep interactive notebooks and although I loved them desperately, I was too early…

End of Year Busy...

I know I have been MIA recently and I apologize.  I know you guys all get the end of year craziness.  I have some great blog posts lined up as soon as my grading and budget is done for the year.  I do want to share with you another passion of mine.  If you follow my blog you know technology is my love.  I also love tissue paper, gossamer and hot glue guns.  Below is my latest masterpiece.... my 8th  Grad Dance I have decorated for my school.










As they were walking in I had this music playing....

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This is just a playlist, I actually played clean and appropriate versions of these songs from iTunes.
On the back wall I had this playing on a loop...




The kids were awesome and had an amazing time... as for myself....I need a nap :)