The Reflection in the Fidget Spinner…

I teach 6th graders. People react differently to that news. Some pray for me, some give me a hug and others ask what I did in a past life to deserve such a cruel reward. But here is my secret… I LOVE IT! What an amazing thing it is to be 12 years old? It… Continue reading The Reflection in the Fidget Spinner…

The Relationship Between Great Teachers and Used Car Salesmen….

Very quickly into my teaching career, I began to find out that relationships could be the most important part about being a teacher. They are the secret weapons that each life changing teacher holds close, because they realize that they are the difference between the average teacher and the life-changing teacher. The most surprising part about… Continue reading The Relationship Between Great Teachers and Used Car Salesmen….

Learner Agency changed the way I saw my students.

Teaching Middle School Language Arts could be the most enjoyable things a human being can do. You get to read the “classics” and dive into richer texts with deeper meanings. You get to push your students as writers, challenging them to use their basic mechanics to create pieces of art. One of my favorite things… Continue reading Learner Agency changed the way I saw my students.

Letting go… and gaining more.

“Mrs. Hawkins, if the data in the chart is not a proportional ratio, do the data points no longer create a straight line?”  “Great question! Let me put up a chart that isn’t proportional and we can graph it.” “No, Mrs. H. Let me create it…. you sit and figure it out. Tell me if I… Continue reading Letting go… and gaining more.