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Crickets in the Classroom

My sophomores have just finished writing poetry. We even read a few poems out loud in class and then we all snapped at the end to show respect for words. But then, right as I finished reading one student poem out loud, I heard a cricket. That's right... cricket, cricket... the sound that accentuates the silence in some of the kid Disney shows dubbed in to show that the joke was not funny. The kids broke into hysterics as I looked toward the sound, but then, there it was again, from the other… Continue

Added by Sheila Sylvestre on June 11, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An Apple for the Teacher

Teaching urban teenagers is no easy task these days given the millisecond attention spans that directly clash with old world board of education policies on technology. Student handbook says "no electronics" in the classroom. This technically means that, as the beloved teacher, I should role model putting it all away and confiscate any violating devices. It's a grim role and one that I don't serve very well since I learn as much from my students about fun gadgo toys as they learn from me about… Continue

Added by Sheila Sylvestre on June 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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