An ancient Chinese curse says, if I have it correct, "May you live in interesting times." Well, we all certainly do live in interesting times today! School districts, as well as entire nations in some cases, are still trying to work out how to best serve our students in the coming months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Yet, here in the States, professional sports are returning and reopening, which begs a question: how are the football players going to huddle up while maintaining social distancing? Let alone the fans? The players may wear face shields on their helmets, which may help, but the fans? You can't even get them to keep their clothes on when it's snowing in the stadium! Do we really believe they will keep masks on? And will they really remain 6 feet apart? And how will you drink your beer and eat your hot dogs with a mask on? "Get hots! Get 'cher Red Hots!" Riiight...
I have returned to Texas from Tennessee, and I have to say that it is good to be back! Just wish Suzanne were here with me. I did get to get into my new classroom for a meeting with one of my mentors and APs yesterday - thanks, Jeff! So I feel a lot better about the start of the school year. We will begin a week later than normal, and all online initially in my district. After a month (plus or minus a week), we will go to a hybrid of online remote learning and in class learning, which we expect to be about 50% of our students. As a first year interventionist - 8th year teaching - I am still stressing about how I will get to work with my students one-on-one during the first phase, but we will figure it out!
One great thing, and this is a shout out to my Teacher-Author Entrepreneur support group friends, I learned a new digital skill over the last week or so! In order to better meet the needs of online learning, and due to a complaint about our using the word FRAMEs in our Writing with FRAMEs line, I have learned how to make editable/fillable PDF forms! I also revisited the Writing with FRAMEs resources, and comments from customers, and have revamped the old format. So, we have released the first in our new line of essay writing resources! The line is Mapping Essays with Templates. Thanks to Michael De Main of the Wheel for the Template recommendation, and Gregg Williams of Amped Up Learning who suggested the same use of Templates. These guys independently suggested using Templates, and who am I to argue when great minds think alike? So, without further ado, ELA in Middle School proudly presents:
|Mapping Essays with Templates is available on
Amped Up Learning, The Wheel Edu, and Teachers Pay Teachers
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The price of the resource is $4 (US) on any of the storefronts, AUL, The Wheel Edu, or TpT. It is a fully digital resource, and can be used remotely by uploading as a fillable PDF, or in person either as a PDF or by printing out and creating hard copies. The resource includes:
You may also check out the free preview available by clicking this link! I will have the second title in this line active by the end of the weekend, so watch for Mapping Essays with Templates: The Persuasive Essay!