Incoming!!!

I think I know what a humble little stone in a sling shot might feel just before being released into the wild blue yonder. I can feel the tension… pulling, pulling, pulling… back, back, back… and suddenly Tuesday morning I will be launched into the new school year!

I will have 17 classes this year, and most of them are filled to overflowing! It was a surprising turnout, considering the economy and all. I’m ready though. NerdGirl and I made over 70 handouts which multiplied to somewhere around 30,000 copies for 250 students.

I am down to just two of my own kids now that the oldest has packed up and moved on to college *sniff!!* Thankfully, I have had NerdGirl and Fashionista up and running on their own homeschool work for a couple weeks now. They also have their co-op texts, notebooks, and packpacks all ready to go.

So I was sitting here on this Labor Day Weekend (Ha! What an ironic holiday name when you are a teacher, right? ;-) ), and I got to thinking, I better make a schedule for next week so I know when to get up in the morning and where to be when… Good thought, huh?

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Never Stop Learning Giveaway!

 

Welcome to the Never Stop Learning Blog Hop hosted by Some Call It Natural and Mama Chocolate!

There are over 30 blogs in this hop and they all have at least $25 worth of educational materials up for grabs!  After you enter the giveaway here, go to the bottom of the post, and go to all the blogs to enter their giveaways too!

 Win a Writing Basics Email Course for your student!

Learning to write well can be one of the most unpleasant and difficult subjects for some students. Contrary to popular opinion, good writing skills don’t always just come through reading and writing a lot. The truth is reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all located in different parts of the brain. It’s not always easy to get all those neurons to work together!

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Farewell Fine-Point Friend

Long-favored writing instrument Pilot Hi-Tec C Gel Ink .5mm Brown died mid-sentence May 15, 2012, in Ms. B’s hand as she was making yet another to-do list for her tremendously busy teenagers. Pilot Hi-Tec C .5mm Brown died of common exhaustion after a full life of service at Writing Foundations headquarters. A memorial service was held at the dining room table later that afternoon with Ms. B. and her 13 year old daughter in attendance.

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The Inner Spellist

When I work with high school students in my writing classes, I see tangible improvements in grammar and punctuation usage. I see the ability to compose a paragraph come to life. I also see timed essays worth scores of 5 and 6 but for one thing: spelling errors galore.

Is it common for students to make great strides in grammar, punctuation, and other writing skills but still not be able to spell their way out of a wet paper bag? It certainly is. Spelling occurs in a specific part of the brain. Handwriting has its part, and composing (getting thoughts on paper) has its part. Structuring sentences, choosing words, using punctuation, typing, and so on, each use a different part of the brain. Insisting that the act of writing — complete with proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation — is one big skill that a kid can master simply by writing more is one of the worst forms of educational malpractice out there.

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