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The Classroom

The Classroom is a podcast by a middle school writing teacher conferring with students about the books they read and issues in writing. The podcast strives to give students a voice about the impact of choice in the classroom and the reality of what works for them in the teaching of reading and writing.
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Now displaying: February, 2016
Feb 28, 2016

Two students talk about generating ideas and the writer's notebook. Then, our conversations shifts to when they loved writing...and what has happened (or is happening) to that love.

It continues to blow my mind how many of my students tell me that they loved to write in elementary school...and how stress and pressure squeezes the time out of their lives to help keep that love of writing alive.

"Especially in third grade. All I wanted to be was a writer."

 

Feb 25, 2016

Two students explain what matters in writing, and when writing matters to them. Also, they share the differences between writing to someone and writing for yourself. In the end, we move to what helps us see ourselves as a writers.

I love when the conversation shifts to the students remembering moments in elementary school where they were treated as writers by a teacher. So much of it came to how they were treated, and not specific writing lessons or rules.

Incredible. I find the same holds true even in the 8th grade classroom.

Background music (Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns) is performed by Ben Smith.

Feb 23, 2016

Two 8th grade students, Maggie and Sallie, share the challenges and successes of building a reading life. We hope you'll enjoy listening in as Maggie and Sallie banter back and forth over really good books, and books that just did not hold them.

Each student claims she is picky. They want to feel the joy for the investment of their time. Give this podcast a listen. Both students completely charmed me throughout our discussion. Their facial expressions, exclamations, and energy just really charmed me. They were honest about reading and their perceptions of themselves as readers.

And we laughed a bit too.

Feb 21, 2016

In "Change and Choice," I confer with two 8th grade students to better understand where they are right now as individuals and the incremental changes occurring in their writing and reading lives.

Background music (Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns) is performed by Ben Smith. 

Feb 18, 2016

In "Challenge and Awareness," two 8th grade students discuss the challenge of trying to write everyday and how they make time to write. Also, my students discuss pieces of their writing process and what works for them.

 

Background music (Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns) is performed by Ben Smith. 

Feb 16, 2016

In "Survival and Storms," two 8th grade students discuss some of the frustrations that can come along with reading in school, and they share a few books that they have enjoyed recently: The Rules of Survival, by Nancy Werlin, The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancy, and Butter, by Erin Jade Lange.

The Rules of Survival, by Nancy Werlin

The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancy

Butter, by Erin Jade Lange

Background music (Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns) is performed by Ben Smith. 

Feb 12, 2016

Two 8th grade students discuss the impact of choice on their reading lives while highlighting three books they have enjoyed recently:

Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol

These Shallow Graves, by Jennifer Donnelly

Page by Paige, by Laura Lee Gulledge

 

Background music (Auld Lang Syne, written by Robert Burns) is performed by Ben Smith. 

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