Showing posts from March, 2016

Day 1: In My Classroom I Am... 2016- April Blog A Day Challenge

Prompt: In my classroom I am...
I teach in New York City.  I have worked with hundreds of amazing kids over the last 10 years.  I have taught in 6 different physical spaces including two school auditoriums.  Each physical space has provided a unique set of challenges and for that matter, inspiration.  Yesterday, I spent the first two periods with two of my 9th grade theatre classes and our amazing Teaching Artist, Albert from Theatre For A New Audience.  My kids have embarked on a semester long study of Pericles, a rarely read--let alone studied play by the notorious William Shakespeare.  In this classroom, I get to step back a bit and watch the kids grow and explore the Bard with a master teaching artist, actor and director.  I learn as much as teaching theater from these sessions as they are learning about performance and creation of theatre.  

When I go upstairs to the brightly lit rooms that I teach in through out the rest of the week, I slide back into the role of master teacher, bu…

2016 April Blog A Day Challenge!

Last year, as I was home recovering from my totally thyroidectomy, (the first of what proved to be many of the steps in the journey of conquering thyroid cancer) I found the heart of Twitter. It's not what you might think: news, gossip, pictures...the true heart of Twitter is actually the vast array of professional learning communities. There are a plethora of groups connecting, exchanging ideas, challenging each other and growing. Many of these groups are teachers.
I soon found @the_explicator and the 2015 April Blog A Day Challenge. This 30 day blogging challenge proved to be life changing for me and for my practice.
This year, I'm picking up again and I would love you to join me. Calling all teachers: take the challenge and try to write 30 blogs in 30 days. Get your brain up off the couch and work it out! Grow, stretch yourself and get inspired.
Sign up HERE.
The first prompt is up if you are ready to dive in.
Mr. Allatta, Me and Mr. Hatlee…