Sprinting to the Finish!

By on April 23, 2012

Happy Monday!!! Really...I mean it...Happy Monday!!! I know that at this time of year it can be pretty hard for me to get motivated on a Monday morning. Spring Break already seems worlds away and although summer is near, we still have a long road ahead. Finding the energy, drive, and enthusiasm to teach to my fullest potential can be a struggle. At times like this I turn to those around me who are inspiring with their incredible work ethic. People like the young teacher on campus who prances into the staff room, glowing, after teaching a great lesson. People like my husband (also a teacher) who pumps himself up by yelling "Bring it!" in the shower when he is having a rough morning. : ) People like my kids, who still love to go to school. These are the people that keep me working hard all the way through June.

In addition to surrounding myself with inspiring people when I am feeling low energy, I also have to remind myself to bring inspiring curriculum into my classroom. This is the time of year when I really need to keep the rigor high and the content rich. We are currently wrapping up a Language Arts unit where students are writing protest speeches. Our 8th grade team, just added this new assignment to our curriculum after reviewing the new Common Core Standards in a professional development meeting. The first Common Core Standard for writing requires students to write arguments using valid evidence and reasoning. If you haven't already, check out the Common Core in Action section of LiteracyTA to get more support on incorporating the Common Core standards into your curriculum.

All in all, being around enthusiastic educators and teaching rigorous curriculum keeps me going as we head toward summer. Stay inspired and motivated when fatigue starts to set in.

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W1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
SL4
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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