Showing posts from April, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers (Who Needs Standardized Testing?)

The end of the school year means taking stock of what I've taught and how the students have grown. It also means cleaning out the cobwebs both figuratively and literally.  I find myself getting rid of junk and somehow acquiring new junk as I think about what I'm going to need for next school year.
My team teacher and I have already begun thinking about next year; we're using classroom monies to purchase items that we may need next school year:  binders, copy paper, hole punches, staplers and staples, stickers, page protectors, plastic tubs.  We load up to make next year easier.
We're also loading up on items for next week's testing: pencils and erasers, snacks, motivational prizes, stickers, bottled water, peppermints...anything that we might need to make the grueling test week a little easier on the students and us.
Tricks and trials is what I like to call it.  Last minute details.  Here's one more thing that I need to tell you before next week...
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Good Friday Quotations for Writing Prompts

"The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances."  ~Robert Flatt

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there."  ~Clarence W. Hall

"It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls."  ~Katherine Lee Bates

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice."  ~Henry Knox Sherrill