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I Can't Drive 55
Today was Josiah's first day of Driver's Education classes. Three hours every day in the classroom for two weeks and then he hits the road.
As we were out driving around this afternoon, Amy kept asking him what all the various street signs meant. After a while, we noticed both kids critiquing mom's driving habits. Amazing how quickly kids can become experts!
Finished crafting interactive notebook pages for Classcraft, an engaging classroom management tool.
This fall I plan to add interactive notebooks to my classroom procedures. The goal is to provide students with something tangible to take home at the end of the semester. So that means creating or borrowing resources to guide students in developing their notebook.
Classcraft is a classroom management tool, an elaborate punishments and reward system designed like an epic role play game. Students create avatars and can upgrade pets and outfits based on experience and gold points earned. They can also lose points and suffer minor penalties. Everything is done in a fun, game like environment.
The computer lab is already divided into five or six stations, which lends itself easily to guilds or teams of students who work together in the game. I want students to develop their own backstory and choose their characters for the good of the group. I also need students to keep their login info some…
Everything you would expect from Lemony Snicket, including a less than satisfying conclusion or answers to all your questions. This first person narrative follows a young Lemony on his first assignment but everything is wrong. Told in a film noir style complete with monochromatic pictures and descriptions of a monochromatic world. There are clues throughout the entire book but none of them solve the mystery or explain what is going on.
This is a great upper elementary or middle school book. There is little of substantive plot but plenty of nonsensical action. Lemony is always a great wordsmith, being careful to explain nuanced meanings of colloquial phrases and such. Here I am using "and such" to indicate that there are other examples but I am too lay to look them up.
It's a quick read and leads quickly into the next book of the series. The reader is always teased with an answer just beyond their g…