OK, no excuses...I've just been completely lazy! It is time to get back to the blogging world. I feel so out of touch! Although I still teach 6th grade Language Arts, I have made a huge change. For the past two years, I have taught the struggling readers. This year, I teach the highest level readers. This has been a very challenging move, but rewarding at the same time. Needless to say, my focus has changed from scaffolding for support to challenge and rigor.
I have always used a short autobiographical article by Dr. Ben Carson to begin the year. This year, however, I had students read the entire book, Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story (ZonderKidz Biography) I highly recommend using this book in your curriculum. If you aren't familiar with Ben Carson's story, I assure you the message and lessons taught are very appropriate. Dr. Carson was a poor, academically struggling kid who made it from the bottom of his class to become a world renowned brain surgeon. Your students will be engaged throughout the book and learn so many important life lessons. My kids are still talking about it even though we finished the book six weeks ago! Seriously, check it out!