Reflections on the First Week

2016/2017 is already bigger than any year I have had.  More students are part of the Awesomeness than previous years, and I cannot wait to see all that they will accomplish together.  We have already jumped into “Indelible Moments” and will be writing those down for future generations.  I have to confess that I am Read More…

Benchmarks and Corn Dogs

Since Thursday of last week, we have been taking benchmark tests in the Awesomeness.  7th graders have to take three STAAR tests for English: a written composition test, a revising and editing test, as well as a reading test.  We like to have a benchmark test for each STAAR test administered, so we need a whole Read More…

The Big Announcement

It’s official….Mr. James and his students will be studying the worldwide bestselling dystopian novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.  Starting February 7 we will begin reading the novel in class.  Students will not need to get a copy of the novel because we will use the class set that came in a week ago. And now Read More…

Things Overheard In Class

When students are coming in the room or working in groups, they say some things that I would love to know “the rest of the story.”  I have listed just a few of them here: “I haven’t done anything wrong…yet.” “Her ear is as red as yours.” “He’s a knight in arming sharmour.” “I’m bringing Read More…

Life at the 140

My room number is 140. Learning happens here. The 140 also sees some great things happen that has nothing to do with formal learning. I live for these moments that make school days unique and memorable. They are the moments that bring joy to teaching. I will be posting some of those moments here. They will Read More…