It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 3/27/17

This book cover does not need a name on it for us to know whose work it is. Which is actually kind of amazing when you think about it. I mean, it’s a big brown triangle with crazy eyes. But you know it’s Jon Klassen’s work. Triangle is another very fine and slightly off-kilter-in-a-good-way collaboration…

Drawing: Slice of Life 26/31 #sol17

My son sits in his usual spot on the red sofa, but he’s directed me to the opposite corner. Usually he wants me close, but right now he’s drawing and he lives privacy. I can sit nearby with my notebook but “Don’t look!” A coloring book of magical beasts is spread across one knee and…

Ten Things Thursday: Slice of Life 23/31 #sol17

This post was inspired by wahooliteracyteacher’s Ten Things Thursday. I only slept for four and a half hours last night (up late and early finishing a set of student papers), and I am feeling it. Those four shots of espresso and the extra-large iced tea aren’t doing much to counteract three nights in a row…

Grading Papers: Slice of Life 22/31 #sol17

My ears are full of the sounds of my students’ words, their memories of reading and writing in school. Red ink spilled on their precious words. First instinct of their teachers to correct rather than connect. I have been angry about writing for years, one student writes. My hatred of reading and writing grew deep,…