Best for Kids

Fellow Slicer teacher over at Always Going Home reminds me of what I wanted to do earlier today with another Slicer — share discovery.  And really blog.

I used to blog.  Share backlinks and all, then I had a not-good experience (namely mine —

too self-indulgent, that’s all I can say at this point.  When you’re raising small children, sometimes the writerly stuff needs to be put on hold for awhile.  Ok, that’s ALL I have to say on that point!), so there was a blip, and many starts and stops later, here I am.

So, thank you, Two Writing Teachers and Slicer Community for giving me the opportunity to get back on the saddle and do.

I mean, isn’t that cool?  Yes, I know what I’m doing.  Which, incidentally, would make a great post on Blogging for Kids.  Notice how I’ve linked to other sites.  Do you realize what kind of thinking goes into having to plan that sort of thing?  That’s layered thinking, the anticipatory sort kids need when they’re planning out their writing.

Did I even make sense?

Anyway, what was my point?

Ah, Teacher Dude from Always Going Home .  No, I don’t know his name.  But he’s a teacher like so many of us.

In 31 Minutes ‘Til Midnight, he decries the mandatory test environment we have to put up with — and the numerous sacrifices many offer to do what’s right.

My agreement and boldness goes so far as to keep a watchful eye on my own children and to find ways to outsmart the testing curriculum when I see it rear its head.  I’m very fortunate because my school operates like a magnet school — we’re located in an “advantaged” area, but that doesn’t mean we don’t run into our own special set of problems.  Every class has a mindset every good teacher knows they can improve somehow, so we all have our challenges, I think.

But I offer my solidarity with my colleagues who struggle in their work environment.  I won’t deny this.  I am with you.  I actively seek resources, I read, I find to know, even though I don’t experience what you experience.

All this goes into my mesh-mosh of offering what’s best for kids, like you.

I always remember you.  22 minutes after midnight.



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