Thursday, April 23, 2015

Getting students involved...Mock Trial

I LOVE doing the mock trial lesson. The kids get so into it, and it's a great way to get kids involved. Even if they don't "like school" EVERY kid gets into this assignment. They get to argue; they get to disagree; etc.

We read the book Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton in 10th grade English. In the novel, a character accidentally kills someone, but because he is black in South Africa, he does not receive a fair trial. So we give him one! The kids use the book as evidence and get really into great!!

I give them a direction sheet, and the order the trial will go in. They get several days to plan, and they will get to ask witnesses questions and such. I am the judge/jury :)

This is the graphic organizer I give them to prepare :)

If you're reading this book, and want to do this, just check out my unit plan for CTBC!

Monday, April 13, 2015


Life is a funny thing isn't it? So many things going on at once, trying to make sure we keep up with our life an our teaching life.

With so many things going on, it's easy to get caught up in one or another. Sometimes we just need a break and need to make sure we're taking care of ourselves. I got sick last week, had to take one day off, moved this past weekend, and am still not 100%, so I had to take today off too. Except that I have to go coach our softball game at 4...but at least I got to sleep in a little...a little.

I stayed home and did grading this morning, entered grades, downloaded kids' assignments that they emailed me because they were absent Friday, and still had to unpack a little this morning.

On a fun note...I got our free Shutterfly book in the mail today!!! When I bought my wedding dress last month at David's Bridal, I got a code for a free book, so I used our engagement pictures to make a fun book! [The code expired before our wedding date so I decided to make the engagement book]

And on another fun's my birthday tomorrow!!! So I've decided to throw a sale on my TPT Store to celebrate! :) 10% off for everyone! ;) So enjoy the sale tomorrow, April 14th, to get some great products for your classroom :)

Take care everyone!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Parent-Teacher Conferences again!

It's that time in between quarters where we hold parent-teacher conferences. Not sure the logic behind holding conferences after grades are due...I would think having them 2-3 weeks before grades are due would be ideal. Anyway, at least we can talk about what they can do to succeed in the next quarter.

I made this Parent-Teacher conference sheet last year, and it's come in handy...reminding me to start with the good, and end with good :) Even if the kid drives you nuts..."He is so great at being at school everyday!" :)

Feel free to download for FREE from my TPT Store and use at your conferences. If anything, it's a great guideline to start a discussion; especially with those parents that just come in to talk about their kid, with no real purpose :)

Happy Monday!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Currently...on Spring Break!

That's right! I'm on Spring Break! Well, it's almost over, but I'm still enjoying the days I have left. Can't believe it's April already! So many good things happening in April: Mom's birthday, my birthday, engagement photos, and so much more!

Without further ado, here is my April currently from Farley!

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! And happy Easter :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Midterms-To Give or Not To Give?

Hey everyone in blogging land! As most of you know, I teach at a school that goes by semesters, not a year-long class. So I teach the same thing 2x a year, with two different sets of kids. I've been teaching here for 5 years, so I've taught English 10 TEN TIMES!!!!! It's like I've been teaching for 10 years, just at this school! LOL

Anyway, we are coming up on Midterms here before Spring Break next week! Woot woot! I can't wait :) So I don't really do Midterm tests.

The way I structure my class is that we take a unit test after each I don't really feel the need for a Midterm. What do you guys think?

I'm thinking about maybe making a really long paragraph with mistakes and roots in it and have them fix it. So it's not a huge, long test, but it covers skills we've been working on the last semester. Do you think this is enough to justify giving it to them? Maybe I won't even grade it, but just use it to see where they're assessment of sorts.

Let me know what you think and enjoy your Spring Break!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015


I'm so SORRY I've been on a blogging hiatus these past two weeks! Things are crazy right now! Softball started and so we had tryouts, and then a whole whopping week later, our first game-which we won btw.

But with softball practices and games comes no time after school and therefore I've been really busy.

I know, I know, excuses. I'll try to be a better blogger, I swear! Sometimes life gets in the way and it overwhelms us.

Plus...I've been busy starting to plan a wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's right, we're engaged. So I'm going to try very hard to balance school, softball, wedding planning, AND blogging. I can do it! I think I just need to make a schedule about when to blog. I didn't want to make it so formal like that, but I think for now I'll have to.

So please don't stop following...I'll be back...PROMISE!!!

Thanks everyone! :)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Currently March

Yes February is a short month, but man that month flew by! Softball season has officially started [we had tryouts last week] and I'm looking forward to practices to see what these new girls can do! CIF Champs here we come!!

Once again, I'm going up with Farley to participate in the monthly Currently. So without further ado, here's March!

I am not the most patient person, so this last month has been a practice of that in more ways than one. We'll see what happens, and hopefully it happens soon :) Fingers crossed everyone! 

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget Farley's rule of 3 :)