Spring is in the air!

The countdown to summer has begun, and already there is a restless energy in my classroom. I see it as an annual challenge to find creative ways to harness that energy and help students channel it into their work. Changing the pace of things with a creative writing unit is working well! Students are finding their voices as authors and it’s fun to see their investment and sense of ownership over their work. I can’t wait to read their latest batch of short stories!

A “buzzing” classroom

I love how a good piece of fiction can generate such a reaction that my students begin talking about the story before they’re even fully through the doors to my classroom. Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" has done just that, and I am enjoying the enthusiastic buzz as my students talk in small groups about how the author has built suspense in her dystopic tale.